Coffee Tables as Accents

STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE WITH FLAIR

Your coffee table is often one of the first things people notice when they walk into your living

room, and the way you style it can set the tone of the entire space. 

Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect look:

  • Keep it simple
    A clean, uncluttered feel with just a few items is most appealing and keeps the focus on the
  • coffee table.
  • Follow the rule of three
    Use a larger piece to ground your design and the other two items to balance it.
A living room with coffee table that has 3 elements, a vase, a bowl, and a stack of books. 
On your coffee table, use a larger piece to ground your design and the other items to balance it.

CREATE THE PERFECT LOOK

  • Contrast textures and shapes
    Think soft flowers paired with a stack of books or a curved vase on a rectangular table.
  • Include a personal item
    Incorporate a travel souvenir, heirloom or another personal item in your display to add interest and spark conversation.
  • Consider using a tray
    A tray can help you style and organize a group of items. You can also use it for remotes, coasters or other small essentials.
A living room coffee table with flowers in a round vase and a rectangular tray and books. 
Contrast textures and shapes, e.g., soft flowers in a round vase with a rectangular tray and books.

BALANCE STYLE AND FUNCTION

  • Look at every angle
    Since your table is probably near the center of your room, make sure it looks good from wherever people can see it.
  • Avoid objects that block your view
    Stick to items that are low enough to see over or airy enough to see through.

While you want a stylish display, it shouldn’t get in the way of everyday use — allow plenty of

room on your coffee table to set down drinks, snacks, magazines or whatever else you might

want to place on there. Think about what you use your table for and try to create a balance

between fashion and function.

A living room with a set of two coffee tables and interesting objects. 
 
Incorporate a travel souvenir or other personal item in your display to add interest and spark conversation.
Fresh Ideas from Hunter Douglas