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Tips and Tricks for Styling the Coffee Table

 

A coffee table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in an entertainment space. It gives you a place to set your morning cup and provides your guests with a space to set their refreshments so they can relax to the fullest extent.

Even if you don’t use your coffee table on a frequent basis, it’s still very usable. Coffee tables offer the ideal blank slate to showcase your personal style and they can bring an entire room together when decorated correctly.

Want to turn a dull coffee table setup into a focal point your friends and family can’t stop talking about? Consider these styling tips and tricks:

Take a minimalist approach
Having a cluttered coffee table with stacks of loose paper, magazines, coasters and glasses can be overwhelming to the eye. Plus, it can take a comfortable room and turn it into a stressful space.

Minimalism can be your best friend when it comes to decorating the coffee table. Choose a few simple accessories to give your table character and let the negative space do some of the talking.

Keep your coffee table decorations to a minimum.

Decorate with practicality in mind
The coffee table has its name for a reason – it’s the place to set your cup every morning while catching up on the news before you start the day. While the look and style of your coffee table are important, making sure it’s decorated with practicality in mind is essential. No matter the accessories and style pieces, your coffee table should still offer enough room to be fully functional.

Invest in a coffee table tray
Having a big family and decorating the coffee table don’t always go hand in hand. Whether your young children love to play on the coffee table or your adult children like to eat dinner in front of the TV while visiting, a coffee table tray can be very valuable. This offers an opportunity for versatility and functionality; if you need more space on the coffee table and want to move the decorations, just relocate the tray for the time being.

Think about size and scale
If you want to make your coffee table the focal point of your family entertainment space like the living room or family room, prioritize scale and proportions. Make sure to decorate with accessories and items that won’t exceed a third of the height of the table.

Create a uniform look
Decorating the coffee table can be uniform in theme; decorate with the style, colors, textures, and accessories that you already use throughout the room to complete the look. Clara Ewart, head of design at a London-based interior design studio, shared the importance of decorating with the rest of the room.

“Coffee tables work most effectively when they coordinate with the room scheme so they do not appear too dominant within the space,” she told Homes and Gardens. We often choose coffee tables with more neutral tones made from natural materials such as marble and timber. Coffee tables need to be durable as well as provide space for more decorative elements such as books, trays and objects.”

Don’t be afraid to have fun
No matter how you want to style your coffee table, always remember to have fun. The coffee table is the perfect canvas to show off your personality, so take advantage of it!

Use your coffee table as a foundation for color.

Call a personal decorator for assistance
Even with the tips above, you might still find yourself struggling to complete the look you’re trying to achieve.

If you have a particular coffee table theme in mind but can’t quite figure out how to execute it, get in touch with a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. One of our experienced personal design consultants will come to your home for a free consultation to get a feel for your personal style and living space.

From there, your personal decorator can provide suggestions and an anticipated timeline to give you a better idea of what your coffee table is going to look like and when it’s going to happen.

No matter what type of look you’re going for, our design consultants can provide professional recommendations and help you turn your coffee table dreams into a reality. Contact us today to get started!