Steps To Style Your Coffee Table

Steps To Style Your Coffee Table

Have you ever enjoyed the beautifully designed coffee tables you see in glossy magazines and wondered why your own table looks more like a hot mess than a hot one? Yes? Well, let’s change that – pronto! We have some quick and easy tips for styling your coffee table that you can try NOW. #dotrythisathoma


When choosing parts that you want to use to design your table, first think about the height. Usually we choose one of two height options:

1) Select objects that have different heights from each other to create variations. For example, you can place something large (like a plant) next to an object of medium height (like a large candle) and a low room (like a bowl or a book).

2) or you can create a style with objects of different shapes and textures that are the same height.

We did both and both can be beautiful.


Even when it comes to form, you have two options:

1) you can style with pieces that have the same shape to make a statement. For example, a decorative bowl next to a round candle on a round tray.

2) or you can use objects of different shapes-say a mixture of rectangular and round objects-to create a balance on the table.

We like both Looks, so it all depends on personal preferences.


It depends on the size of your coffee table, but as a rule, 2 or 3 pieces work well most of the time. As your confidence in style grows, you can add more, but this is a good place to start. A pile of books counts as a coin and a bowl filled with pearls as a coin. A few small objects grouped on a tray can also be a room…. you get the Picture.

We have seen coffee tables filled with stylish items, but we prefer to leave a little air to breathe on the table so that it does not feel too busy. And of course, you also want the table to be practical, so there should be enough space for a drink or family activities.


We always recommend that you style your coffee table for the last time everything else is available in the room. This way you can make sure that the shades, textures and materials used for the objects on the table match the rest of the room. Now is not the time to get bored with your Vision Board and try something new! Respect the theme and color scheme of your room and use objects that make sense in this room.

We will also often add a touch of wood for warmth or brass for a little Bling, depending on how we feel it needs.


Now it’s time to collect your coins. Once you have your choice of elements, place them one by one in the center of the table. The key in the style of these pieces is to group certain objects in the center of the table. You don’t want everything to be in a straight line. If you use more than one stack of books, you can use their parts to create a square or rectangle to balance the shape of the books.

This part requires a lot of trial and error when you start, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look magazine-worthy on your first attempt. The successful coffee table style boils down to grouping things that look good together and the more you practice, the better you become! The beauty of the style is that you can change it as many times as you like.

Once you are satisfied with your layout, stand back, admire and send a photo to a friend for feedback.

Patsy S. Anderson


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