How to Style: The Coffee Table

February 21, 2018

Coffee tables usually have a prominent place in the living room, so it is important they look as well as they function. They need to be attractive, without drawing too much attention, and they need to serve a purpose without being too boring. Luckily, the art of decorating the coffee table isn’t too hard to master as long as you keep a few guidelines in mind.

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If you only take one rule away from this, this would be it! I am a HUGE fan on using trays all over the house, but especially on the coffee table. A tray serves both a practical and stylish purpose by showcasing your favorite small finds while also making them easily removable should you need to clear the surface for entertaining. It is also a great way to make items look unified in a vignette and keeping them contained so they aren’t “floating” about the room.

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Since the coffee table is typically the hub of your family room, function is a must. Baskets or wooden boxes are a great place to stash remotes, coasters, reading glasses or other everyday items that typically cause clutter when left out. Sometimes it can be easy to overcrowd the table with accessories, but you want to make sure you leave enough space so set down a drink, put your feet up, or whatever you might need.

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Sometimes it can be hard to find that place in your home to display your seasonal elements without having to “adjust” the entire room, however the coffee table is a perfect place for this. Since it is the focal point of your living room, a fresh vase of tulips will make the entire space feel like spring. Swap it out for a beautiful pumpkin in the fall, or a fir scented candle in the winter. The options are endless.

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The age-old rule of three’s applies to the coffee table as well.  If your surface is large, dividing into thirds will help you decide where things look best.  You do not, and should not, cover the entire coffee table with items, so using a grid system will help space them out equally. Composition is key.

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Using your own personal aesthetic in combination with a few of these guidelines, will make your coffee table the focal point of your living room that it was meant to be! Let us know how we can help you style your coffee table today!