Interior Inspiration: How to Dress a Coffee Table

Interior Inspiration: How to Dress a Coffee Table

Have you ever wondered how to achieve an effortless ‘designer look’ in your home? What is the trick to giving your living room coffee table the kind of makeover you see in your favourite interiors magazines and what about finding out what sort of things to put on your coffee table.

Well, believe it or not, there is actually a styling science to creating the effect. As usual, we are going to share our decorating tips with you, so that you can recreate the look at home. The trick of creating a naturally styled look is all about how you put your accessories together and what you combination of objects you choose.

Coffee tables are a great surface to style and decorate. However all too often can end up looking like a dumping ground for mugs, remote controls and paperwork. Same as an unmade bed, a messy coffee table top instantly makes a room look cluttered, unloved and certainly won’t be winning any style awards.
Give your room a quick spring clean by clearing the clutter. Plump up your sofa cushions, get rid of the opened, discarded letters, old magazines, coasters you never use and Lego figures currently littered all over the coffee table top. With a clean slate you are now ready to begin your masterclass in coffee table styling. Following these coffee table decorating tips, you’ll soon see how you are using the surface to enhance the style of your home.

Coffee Table Display Ideas!

So, if you feel that you have got the coffee table styling bug, perhaps its time to take it to the next level. Coffee table arrangements within your coffee table styling! These hints and tips can be adapted to all tabletops, so are not just coffee table décor ideas! Decorating the top of a coffee table is easy! It is essentially a square, rectangle or a circle and depending on its size there are a few options for the placement of your accessories. I’ve divided them up into style types. Have a look and see which one suits your table and give it a go!


Styled Corners:

This is quite an art and involves styling all corners of your table. Play with different objects, art, books etc but keeping them visually equally weighted. A centrepiece can also help pull this look together ,so go and have a play with your design ideas!


Contain your Groupings:

Sometimes if you have some small things that you want to display, it might be worth grouping them on a tray? This way they have more impact as a group. This idea would also work by using a shallow large bowl (especially on a round coffee table ). This is also an ideal solution if your coffee table has an uneven surface. Above all, this will give the objects more substance and helps them show up properly by ‘framing’ them.


Less is More:

As with all styling, be it fashion or interiors,  this rule always applies somewhere. It could be that your coffee table just needs a small simple boost. Perhaps just a lovely stack of books with a decorative topper? Or maybe a beautiful arrangement of flowers in a simple vase.


The Line Up: 

For longer, larger coffee tables try lining up piles of similar accessories. It could be a low stacks of books, a small bowl and a few stand alone objects like pebbles or shells to combine the look. Try to create groupings that are either the same colours and tones or have the same theme.


Follow this simple guide to create a beautiful coffee table arrangement:


Coffee Table Styling Blog Post Final


P.S. If you love these ideas but don’t have a coffee table to style…why not improvise? Have a look around your home for tables/storage trunks or stools and group them together. Release your inner stylist and start dressing your tablescape!


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Published Date: May 2016


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