6 Tips For Styling Your Coffee Table

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Home is where the heart is. A place to unwind, put your feet up and enjoy at the end of a long day’s work and on the weekends. And thus it’s important to keep a need, tidy and good-looking home. There’s an entire book’s worth of writing out there on how to style and design home interiors, but for this handy article, we’re going to zoom in slightly.

We’re going to explain how you can style your coffee table, and create a living room centrepiece that’s worthy of the highest-end interior design publications.

If you’re keen on learning more about styling your coffee table, read on!


6 Tips For Styling Your Coffee Table


Display a Hint of Class

One thing you can do with minimal effort to style your coffee table is to invest in a small stack of magazines to arrange in a tidy pile, to demonstrate your taste for the finer things in life and culture. The type of magazines will depend on your tastes and preferences, but you may wish to opt for things like interior design and decorating, home and gardens, automotive, theatre and cinema, art and graphic design, or technology. Pick your favourite topics. Avoid tabloids or the brightly covered gossip magazines – leave these to the waiting rooms where they belong. And if you want to invest a little more money make your stack out of fabulous books!

tips for styling your coffee table Love Happens Mag print edition Vol. 1
Love Happens Mag print edition Vol. 1

A Small Vase

Placing a small vase with a few gorgeous flowers in it is a lovely way to style your coffee table and create a central focus point for the living room. You’re spoiled for choice for vases – there are thousands of styles out there. Try to pick something that fits with the rest of the room’s decor and aesthetic. Similarly, pick flowers that will stand out contrasted or complemented with the room’s colour palette.

tips for styling coffee table Interior design by Greg Natale, Golden bowl on the cocktail table, Deep Etched Boule Bowl by Greg Natale Accessories.
Interior designed by Greg Natale, Waterside Ave., Lurline Bay. Golden bowl on the cocktail table, Deep Etched Boule Bowl by Greg Natale Accessories.

Coasters and Glasses

A coffee table is for placing mugs and glasses on, after all. Add a touch of class to your table with a carefully considered coaster set. The type of coaster you choose will depend on the table type. For example, some polished metal coasters are perfect for a glass coffee table, while warm wood tones are better for a timber table. You may wish to collect a variety of coasters and cycle them in and out all year round. 

styling your coffee table Kivita Coasters by Anna New York
Kivita Coasters by Anna New York

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Avoid Clutter

Your coffee table should be sparsely styled. Having too much of anything can create a chaotic and cluttered impression, which will detract from the feeling of the room. A few choice items and touches are a better bet than lots of things. Even if you have a larger coffee table, avoid the temptation to stack lots of different objects on its surface. 

Tabu Cocktail Table by KOKET
Tabu Cocktail Table by KOKET

Change With the Seasons

You can swap items in and out depending on the seasons. For example, summer might bring shells and beach themes, while autumn could bring a dried leaf arrangement or a gourd. Then in spring, you can have a fresh bouquet of springtime blooms.

Palm Beach condo designed by Lori Morris
Palm Beach condo designed by Lori Morris

Vary Heights

Library at The Towers at the Waldorf Astoria Residences designed by Jean-Louis Deniot (Rendering by Noë & Associates / The Boundary)
Library at The Towers at the Waldorf Astoria Residences designed by Jean-Louis Deniot (Rendering by Noë & Associates / The Boundary)

A great way to create a sense of contrast on your coffee table is to vary the height of some of the items we’ve mentioned here. For example, a tall vase paired with a small stack of magazines. Or a large scented candle combined with a small decorative bowl or another vessel. 

A Stylish Coffee Table Conclusion

We’ve shared a few helpful tips to get you started styling your coffee table. A stack of classy magazines is a nice touch, as is a vase with some fresh flowers. A coaster set that complements the table is a good bet, and make sure that you avoid clutter. Change themes with the changing weather, and vary your heights for a beautiful contrasting impact. 

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