Styling Your Coffee Table

It’s that time of year when many of our clients are doing more entertaining in their homes or even hosting out-of-town guests for the holidays. You’re cleaning up, reorganizing, and doing all the little things it takes to make your space feel inviting. But when you get to those final decorating touches, you might actually find yourself spending way too much time time accessorizing your coffee table. That’s because getting the balance just right can be a process of trial and error. But we are here to guide you through with some helpful tips!

 Image via  Joss and Main

Image via Joss and Main

Embrace different heights.

Create levels of interest. Not all items need to be the same height or size. This rule doesn’t just apply to coffee table decor; it’s a basic interior design principle to create balance and harmony throughout any space. For those of you with a green thumb, plants and flowers are a great way to add a little height. If plants aren’t for you, try a candle, lantern, or tall sculpture!  

 Image via  Studio McGee

Image via Studio McGee

3 is company, 4 is a crowd.

Interior designers will sometimes use this expression as a rule of thumb to avoid cluttering the space with too much. Whether you choose to style your table with 3 individual items or 3 groups of accessories, the rule of 3 is a great balancing technique. It’s also a helpful reminder for those with a tendency toward over-accessorizing. Take some of those decorative items off the table and share them with the rest of your home!

 Image via  Elle Decor

Image via Elle Decor

Put your collection on display.

As they say, the exception makes the rule. When you play your cards right, overcrowding can fit right in. This works best for someone with both a fairly extensive collection of one item, such as coffee table books, and a larger table. The image above is a great example from Elle Decor. We love how the books are stacked and a couple of trinkets serve as the finishing touches.

 Image via  Noteworthy Mag

Image via Noteworthy Mag

Stay anchored.

For those of you who crave organization, a tray is great way to anchor all of those decorative accents and keep them in place. Get frustrated when your kids leave the remote controls scattered on the table? Want to free up some space on the table? Trays will also solve those problems!


Ready to show off your coffee table styling skills?  Post a photo here or on our Facebook page. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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