So, picture this. You’ve got yourself the most gorgeous new coffee table but you’re struggling to find some cute accessories to start styling it that won’t completely overtake the beauty of the piece itself… Plus, you don’t really know whether it’s even going to look great once you’re done with the random bits you’ve purchased.
Whether your signature style is modern and contemporary or chic Scandinavian, you’ve come to the right place! Styling is a large part of interior design, generally right at the end of a project. Coffee table styling is one of my absolute favourite things to do as an interior designer, and I’m here to give you my top tips on how to style them like a pro.
Are you ready?
First things first, you need to understand the art of layering when it comes to styling. Any great designer will tell you that brilliant design comes from carefully thought through layers. I will go into more details of this in another post as it is really important skill, but I will briefly explain it now.
An example of layering in design is styling a sofa. But think of it like the layering of a cake. There is the first layer of sponge, which in this case is the base fabric / upholstery of the sofa. Then you have your jam filling, here it is the first set of cushions (probably neutral / plain in complimentary colour to the sofa). Your second sponge layer comes next and is the accent cushions (generally some form of pattern or interest, not just a plain colour like before). And finally you might have your icing, a nice throw that ties the whole thing together (but this is optional).
When styling coffee tables, there are a few options for each layer which hugely depends on the size of table you have and what your desired style is.
As always, if there is anything you see in this post that catches your eye – by clicking on the image it will take you straight to the product – you’re welcome!
The first layer to styling any coffee table has got to be a beautifully crafted tray. If your table is particularly small in size, you may want to skip this step.
There are so many different styles of trays out there at the moment – from mirrored ones to rustic wooden – not to mention the quirky shapes available too. The choices really are endless!
The perks of having a tray on your coffee table is that you can display personal nick knacks on them, candles, diffusers, vases – almost anything else featured in this post.
So if you have the space – I would recommend using a tray that is at least a third of the size of your table. This way you can leave enough clear space around the edges to still see the table surface itself. My top tip for trays is to position it off-centre on your table – slightly to one side so you have space for some of the other accessories covered in this post.
Here are some of my current favourites…
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