Styling a coffee table is a really enjoyable way to instantly transform a living room and display your favourite treasures. With a few tried and tested tricks that I’ll share below, you’ll be able to update, rearrange and beautifully style not just your coffee table, but most other surfaces in your home!
Firstly, my golden rule above all else – it’s all about the layering.
Stacks of books are a must for building height, adding colour and also imply a lot about the owner and their interests (so choose wisely!). Neatly piled ‘coffee table’ books look great on their own, perhaps with an interesting object on top. If your space needs a bit of character and edge, try sourcing some second hand vintage books, they are an incredibly cost effective tool in styling any space.
Trays are perfect for grouping collections and acting as the base of a layer. I look for trays that are a contrasting material or colour to the table, but also stay harmonious to the scheme.
I may be going off on a bit of an ‘ideal world’ tangent, but when you can, invest in or pick fresh floral arrangements, they will literally bring life and vibrancy to any table. I promise you will feel so much happier every time you walk by. A more long term option is an indoor plant.
The objects that you pick up on holidays, receive as gifts, find in the park… anything that is special to you will personalise the scheme and add the perfect finishing touch. I always like to have at least one organic object to soften the look, so this can be in place for in between floral arrangements.
One last thing, as Coco Chanel would say ‘Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off’. This advice applies just as well to styling. Goodluck!