20 October 2020 2 min read

Does your coffee table look a little lacklustre and in need of a freshen up?

We’ve searched high and low to bring you eight interior designer tips on how to style your coffee table like a pro. 

 

TRAY IT UP

Rachel Alejandrino believes that when styling your coffee table, it is all about the tray. Place one in the centre of your table or off to one side and style it up with your treasures.  A candle, small vase or a collection of little trinkets is ideal.  

 Image credit: Rachel Alejandrino, Urban Rhythm 

Image credit: Rachel Alejandrino, Urban Rhythm 


MAINTAIN BALANCE
American television producer turned interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, argues that while too many small knick-knacks clutter a table, displaying only large items can look heavy and cumbersome. In his opinion it is all about balance, which means that you should try to vary the scale of display items and stack or group like objects together.  

Image credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Image credit: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography


BOOK IT 
Do you have some beautifully bright design books lying around? Rebekah Dempsey has a whole article dedicated on how to integrate books into table styling. Aside from sharing her favourite coffee table books to use, she gives some great advice such as how to use books on a coffee table as an inexpensive way to add colour into a room.  

Image credit: Rebekah Dempsey, A Blissful Nest

Image credit: Rebekah Dempsey, A Blissful Nest

LOOK HIGH AND LOW 
Legendary designer Charles Faudree believed that if all items on a coffee table were at the same eye level, they would go unnoticed. To create a more eye-catching vignette, why not try varying the height and scale of your coffee table's decorative objects. 

Image credit: Jenifer Jordan

Image credit: Jenifer Jordan


ADD NATURE
Eyeswoon founder Athena Calderone, thinks that it is important to layer personality and charm into your coffee table styling- and that this is achieved by adding a natural element for texture. Try including an interesting rock, some driftwood, or an oversized dried leaf. Alternatively, something earthy and fragrant like a sage bundle or palo santo holder is a welcome addition. While a vase filled with flowers is always gorgeous, Calderone says to consider something that will last a bit longer, like an aloe plant or succulent.  

Image credit: Athena Calderone, Eyeswoon

Image credit: Athena Calderone, Eyeswoon

CONTRAST COLOURS
Jenna from Colourdrunk Designs is all about colour (surprise, surprise)! She suggests to choose decor that plays off the colour of a coffee table. For example, if the table is white or neutral, go with bold colours on top. For black or dark woods, showcase metallic and crisp white tabletop items. And with a versatile clear table, any colour choices will work.

Image credit: Jenna, Colourdrunk Designs

 Image credit: Jenna, Colourdrunk Designs


THREE IS COMPANY
New York Interior Design extraordinaire Alyssa Kapito, says that the age old rule of threes comes in handy when styling your coffee table. Try dividing your tabletop into three separate sections, as this can help you decide where things look best. This especially holds true for long, rectangular shaped tables. 

Image credit: Alyssa Kapito, Alyssa Kapito Interiors

Image credit: Alyssa Kapito, Alyssa Kapito Interiors 


SECRET STORAGE 
Not sure where to put those television remotes and game controllers? Casey from the likes to combine style with practicality by corralling the clutter whilst also HIDING it. Find a pretty little basket or box to hide and hold any unstylish items such as extra coasters, playing cards and remotes. 

Image credit: Casey, DIY Playbook

Image credit: Casey, DIY Playbook