The Do’s and Don’ts Of Styling A Coffee Table

Last updated on December 20th, 2021

Coffee tables hold an important place in the décor of a living room. They aren’t just meant to look good, but also play an important function in the living room.

Which is why styling your coffee table is nothing short of an art. Let’s have a look at a few tips and tricks to master this art.

1. Keep things balanced

When styling a coffee table, balance plays an important role. Keep a central object that grounds the display, for instance, with other items on either side of it balancing each other in size and tone.

2. Don’t go overboard

Having a lot of beautiful accessories that you love, you risk the chance of overcrowding the table. You need to keep in mind that you don’t meddle with the functionality of the coffee table and give all the items on the table enough breathing space. After you’ve put all the items on display, you should still be able to rest your feet on it or set down a drink or two.

3. Look at it from all angles

Look at your display items from different angles and see how they will look from a variety of vantage points. A photo frame, for instance, isn’t a great choice for the coffee table, as it offers only one good angle.

4. Size does matter

It is important to choose items that are the right size for your coffee table. They should be neither so big that they obstruct the view and nor too small to have little visual impact.

5. Keep the living room in mind

Keep the living room in mind. What you keep on your coffee table has to work with the décor of the living room and not stick out like a sore thumb.

6. Use contrast

Don’t choose items that are the same color as your coffee table. If your table is while, for instance, choose display items in bold colors and if it’s black or dark-toned, then opt for items that are white or shiny.

7. Use a tray

A tray keeps the items on it anchored. It also makes it easy for you to clear the table when you’re entertaining and need to use the space on the table for food and drinks.

8. Add some life

It’s a good idea to add a small, low-maintenance plant to the setting on your coffee table.

9. Think of function and form

Prevent your coffee table from getting cluttered with everyday things by keeping either a wooden box or a basket that everyday items like spectacles, coasters, and others can be stowed away in.

10. Give it a personal touch

Give your coffee table a personal touch by adding to it elements that have a story or a memory behind them, whether it’s a souvenir from a memorable trip or flowers plucked from your garden.

11. Combine shapes and textures

Mixing up the textures and shapes of your display items keeps things interesting. If you’ve chosen a shiny item, for instance, include a dull one, or pair a hard item with a soft one.

Have fun with your coffee table!