INTERIOR 101 - Coffee Table Styling

Interior design, coffee table styling

Coffee tables are an integral part of a living room, not only are they functional but they also offer a platform for your inner interior stylist to come out and play.

As they often tend to be the focal point of the room, that does mean that at times they can be the trickiest to work with. However, the following 10 tips should come in handy and you'll soon be on your way to being an interior pro.

Laura Hammett Interiors

Laura Hammett Interiors

Rule of Five or Three
A fool proof design method that many designers live by is the rule of five (or three) elements - plants, books, texture, height and something personal. All five elements are great for larger coffee tables, although three of these elements work just as well and sometimes best for smaller or circular tables.

Interior design; coffee table styling; tray; glasses; book

Trays
A clever way to bring components together is through the use of trays, they force these items together to ensure they work with one another for a more complete look. If you're a neat freak, a tray is the perfect display.

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

Statement Piece
One for the minimalists, a large stand alone statement piece draws attention and is fuss free. Consider a large bowl, textured or in a natural finish that contrast the table or mimics it's design. An empty bowl makes for an understated look, however a filled bowl adds layers and depth- artificial artichokes or pinecones are perfect examples what bowls can be filled with.

Kristen Giorgi Art

Kristen Giorgi Art

Books
Coffee table books are great for display (as the name suggests) , so pick ones that have bold covers, and in various sizes. Stacking these up in various heights makes for perfect styling and they work well on their own or paired with other elements.

Laura C Singleton Interiors

Laura C Singleton Interiors

Conversation Starters
If your style is eclectic and your room is full of interesting decorative items then your coffee table should reflect this. Unique and quirky items make for great conversation starters, if your table is large then it can accommodate a few quirky pieces however even smaller tables have room for one or two conversation starters.

IMG NYC Interiors

IMG NYC Interiors

Personality
A house becomes a home through the personal touches we add to it, so unless you're styling for a show home, then placing a few trinkets that have personal value or items that show off your personality adds a unique touch. 

Raft Furniture

Raft Furniture

Plants
Whether you opt for real or artificial (for those of us that struggle to keep plants alive), then a bit of foliage is a great addition to a coffee table. Plant's anywhere in your room are always a good thing, however one should never be missed off of the coffee table. Plant's are a great way to add some colour and freshness so don't be afraid to experiment with these whether you use just the one or a few bundled together.

Studio Ashby Interiors

Studio Ashby Interiors

Staggered Tables
The table itself is just as important as the items you place on top. For those that prefer a simpler approach and would like the furniture itself to be the statement, then a set of two (or three) smaller tables creates a beautiful feature and helps for a more delicate centre piece than a heavy larger table.

James Dawson

James Dawson

Mix & Match Materials
To prevent a design from looking too flat and blending into the background, add some depth and layers though the use of mixed materials. Experiment with glass, wood and metal - the glass is more delicate and filters through light, the wood is an organic touch that works well for a heavier element and the metal adds a touch of contemporary.

Boca Do Lobo Interiors

Boca Do Lobo Interiors

Pops of Colour
Whether it be the table itself, or a decorative feature on the table, a colourful accent is almost always a good thing. Colour makes a room come alive and is another great way to add personality into a space. Whether you use colour to contrast, tone or block, keep in mind that a bit of colour goes a long way. 

Have fun styling! x