Long table presents a design challenge


Q: We want to add a contemporary-style Parsons table to a long wall in our entrance hall. At 78 inches in length and 20 inches in depth, the light-colored table fits well in the available space but looks a bit spindly. How can we give it more weight and importance? Should we change its color?

A: That's one possibility, though it's difficult to beef up a table of this kind simply by redoing its color and texture. Another option is to add a lower shelf as a means of giving the table a bit more bulk.

It seems to me, however, that the real problem here is not so much the table as the wall itself. For inspiration, take a look at what was done to the wall shown in the photo. Interest was added here by painting the wall in a color different from its surroundings and by introducing an eye-catching group of shapes and images.

The long table seen here, with its comparatively ornate styling, is more like an altar than a simple Parsons table. Ignore the detailing, however, and this piece may begin to resemble your own.

A long, tall table presents a challenge to interior designers because of the void that yawns beneath its surface. But it can easily be filled just by adding a collection of pottery, jugs or baskets in various shapes and sizes. Since your table is in light wood, you should create a strong contrast. Darker colored pottery and natural or deep-stained wicker baskets would do a lot to attract attention to the table and the wall.

Perhaps you won't want to add anything more than a mirror to your wall. If so, make sure that it has a visually powerful decorative frame.

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