Styling Your Coffee Table

How to Style Your Coffee Table

While it is usually unintentional, the coffee table has become the centrepiece of a living room. Our attention is drawn to it every time we are entertained at a friend's house; there are times that we simply cannot help but peruse whatever décor or display that the small furniture holds. And then we smile as we settle on the sofa, careful not to hit our knees on any of the table's edges.

But more than just a focal point of a living room or furniture on which your aunt would be putting that old lemonade pitcher, coffee tables can contribute to the entire aesthetic of the space. Here are some tips on how to style coffee tables:

  • Observe levels
  • Make the best of textures, materials, and tones
  • Make use of fabric and pattern
  • Simplify
Observe levels

Observe Levels

Just like theatre, placing furniture in levels inside the house establishes order and keeps everything proportioned. 

Coffee tables can help in levelling. If you're dealing with low ceilings then it would make sense to get a shorter coffee table. If it's a tall room, then it's the reverse. You can invest in two-level coffee tables to maximise the room's height. 

Make The Best of Textures, Materials, and Tones

Make The Best of Textures, Materials, and Tones

Your coffee table would blend well with the living room if it adheres to its entire scheme. What this means is that the coffee table should not dominate the space. As this is the case, earth and neutral tones are most recommended for this furniture. Marble and timber are also viable materials as these do not distract from any kind of display that you may opt to place on them.

Going back to levels, you can also experiment with the height of the items you would be putting on the coffee table and of course the other furniture right beside it. To this cause, you may also observe the "Rule of Three" to help with the visuals.

You can also place a coffee table as an accent in your living room. If your walls are neutral or relatively light, you can ground them by getting a dark-colored or black coffee table. 

Make use of fabric and pattern

Make Use of Fabric and Pattern

Coffee tables need not be limited to marble, glass, and wood. You may have the table itself wrapped with fabric or cushion much like a soft footstool.



While it may seem counter-intuitive considering the topic, keeping your coffee table simple and free of fluff and flair might just do your living room good. 

Take a look at how the room is laid-out; examine the furniture and displays strewn across the space and see if these appear already convoluted or numerous. If so, maybe it would be wise to keep the elements on the table minimal or not put anything on it at all. 

The cliché, "Less is more," just might be what you need to apply.

Your Coffee Table Should Not Be a Distraction

While the coffee table might act as the living room's focal point, it would serve the space well if it were to simply blend with it and not distract from the overall design.

Of course, the table's design is still up to your vision and taste. But if you're open to breathing new life into your living room, then we hope that these tips would be of help.

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture in any home is the coffee table. When it comes to styling your coffee table, there are many creative ways to personalize its look. Choose interesting books, vases, trays or sculptures to create an eye-catching display that suits your style. With the help of a professional property stager or interior designer, you can make sure that your coffee table not only looks good but also enhances the space around it as well!

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