The Great Scape: Sofa Tables Talk

Ever wonder what makes the difference between simply placing a sofa table and really presenting it? Here are a few tips to make your table talk!

Choose a table to scale. This means find a piece that fits the sofa and really anchors the two together. Stay away from tables that appear to ‘float’ behind the sofa.

Credit: Maria Killam Photo – ‘Before’ Shot

Think outside of the box. Use another piece of furniture in place of the standard sofa table, such as a desk, a vanity, or a narrow buffet.

Buffet as a sofa table (Credit: Traci Zeller)

Create height and interest. Establish your focal point and work in a triangle from there. And don’t forget, symmetrical placement isn’t the only way to achieve visual balance.

Layer, layer, layer. This is all about mixing up the colours and textures of your objects (fabrics, woods, glass, mirrors, etc.), and how you go about placing them together (overlapped, on top of, in front of, to the side of, etc.).

Don’t stop at the table. Remember to fill in the area below the table. This is the difference between just placing your table, and really presenting it!

Example of ‘Filled In’ (Credit: Maria Killam Colour & Design)

Have fun. This is your statement, and a great scape is to ‘e‘scape from ‘rules, ‘rights and wrongs’, and ‘shoulds’… But if you must, then keep in mind the ‘Rule of Thirds’ to help you stay on track for picture-perfect results.

Oh, and one last tip, don’t be afraid to change out your ensembles and vignettes from time-to-time. Mixing it up with the seasons is a nice way to keep your look fresh.


How Colour Changed My Business Name

I’ve been following Maria Killam’s blog for the last year, eagerly awaiting each new post with anticipation and curiousity – what will Maria say today? Maria has a way of writing that simply resonates, and she shares her expertise as if she were sharing with a friend – well a friend that she has actually met.

So when Maria posted that  her True Colour Expert Training course was being offered in May, I was excited and quick to sign up. My thought, if Maria teaches the course the way she shares in her blog, this is the colour course for me! And… so it was. The course has come and gone, but the impact of it remains. With 14 of us participating, from as far away as New York to as close as Vancouver Island, there was an instant richness and depth to the tapestry of this learning experience that might otherwise have been missing (see in the picture below: that’s me 2nd from left, and Maria is in the centre, 6th from left. Funny thing, right beside me is Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs – no relation, other than by profession… and the colour course of course!).

True Colour Expert Training Class – May 2010

So how did colour change my business name?

Well, Maria’s course provided a palette for focus – three solid days of everything colour with like-minded professionals. And it became transparently clear that what we do best for our clients is really about doing what we love to do, and leaving the rest for the true specialists in those other areas. And that clarity is why I am refocusing to create Sheila Zeller Interiors.

What are my specialties?   Listening – Creating – Connecting

  • Listening: hearing your wishes and needs, and interpreting them in your space
  • Creating: translating your style with a balance between beauty and function
  • Connecting: telling your story by working with your pieces to reflect who you are in your space

Why? Because I believe your space matters as much as you do, and in the end it’s all about you.


Photograph source: sZinteriors