7 Tips For Styling Your Coffee Table

In our opinion, an empty coffee table is a wasted opportunity to elevate your space. In fact, it often invites your friends and family to use it as a dumping ground for their junk – cue the empty cups and homework books, perhaps even a stray sock or two! 

Here are 7 tips you can use to style your coffee table to be stylish, functional, and less messy. 

1. Use a tray to corral the bits and bobs

A tray is a great way to corral items on your coffee table and make them look more cohesive. Choose a tray that complements the style of your room and is the right size for your table. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box by using unexpected items for the tray, like this spare mirror we found in one of our client’s storage rooms. 

Our Rondo Coffee Table has a glass top which lends itself to this tray-tip. Trays on glass not only look beautiful but also make it easier to remove your items when it’s time to clean the glass.

2. Add height

Incorporating items of varying heights creates visual interest and makes your table look more dynamic. You can achieve this by using a stack of books, a tall vase, or a decorative object like a sculpture or figurine. Don’t forget to make sure you can still see the screen over these objects so as not to miss a moment of Vanderpump Rules (yes I know you are hooked too).

3. Think au ‘natural

Bringing in natural elements like flowers, plants, or a bowl of fruit adds a touch of life to your table and makes it feel more inviting. If you don’t have a green thumb, faux plants or flowers can also do the trick. We always include things like candles in this category, after all, fire is a natural element.

4. Mix textures

Combining different textures like wood, metal, glass, and fabric can create a layered look that adds depth to your table. For example, you could place a wooden bowl on a metal tray, or a stack of books on a fabric coaster.

5. Keep it balanced

Balancing the items on your table is key to creating a visually pleasing display. Use odd numbers of items (such as three or five) and place them in a triangle shape to create balance and symmetry.

6. Add a personal touch

Incorporating items that reflect your personality or interests is a great way to make your coffee table feel more personal and even edgy. For example, you could display a collection of vintage cameras or a stack of travel books.

7. Less is more

While it’s tempting to go hog wild and display all your favourite items on your coffee table, it’s important not to overcrowd it. Leave some space for drinks, snacks, or even just to rest your feet.

With these simple tips, we hope you’re able to style your coffee table in a way that not only reflects your personal style but gives everyone a subtle hint to find another place to store their 💩. If you’re still on the hunt for inspiration, have a look at our Instagram where we post regular styling tips.