How To Style Your Coffee Table Like A Pro

The limited size of a coffee table makes styling it a daunting task for most people. However, knowing how to style your coffee table can add more vibrance and character to your room. Whether you are buying your homewares online or in store, this blog will help you.

Decorative items

The addition of decorative items is what makes coffee tables aesthetically pleasing. There are a wide variety of decorative items you can use, however, we would like to recommend five of the most common, yet simple decorative items.


If you are a lover of nature, then you can add some flowers or miniature plants to your table. We recommend you place them in vases to ensure your table isn’t ruined. You wouldn’t want your precious McMullin & Co. coffee table to get stained.


If you have books that you do not use, then you can put them to good use. Placing books in the centre of your coffee table can be a great way to add some vibrance to your style. Depending on whether you have a vintage or modern coffee table, choose vintage-looking or modern-looking books.


Using trays or baskets can be a great way to set the foundation for your table. These decorative items allow you to declutter and organise your table by creating a distinct space for you to place other smaller decorative items in them. This will give the coffee table more structure rather than placing these smaller items in random areas.


Vases allow you to enrich your style by enabling you to add more colour, as well as covering up empty spaces. Choose a vase that suits your coffee table’s style; vintage vases for classic wood tables and modern vases for glass ones.

Scented candles

Besides their aesthetics, scented candles can be a great way to add some luminance to your table. In addition, it gives off a pleasant scent that adds some refreshing smell to your living space.

Make objects noticeable

The whole idea of making your coffee table look great is to ensure that its design is visually appealing. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure every object you place on the table can be easily noticed. To do this, there are three rules to follow:

Rule of threes

The rule of threes is one of the basic rules of interior design. This rule states that decorative items of the same kind should be arranged in odd numbers, mostly threes. This is because arranging objects in odd numbers is visually pleasing to the eye, unlike arranging them in even numbers. If you cannot get three pieces of a decorative object, you can use only one piece, as opposed to two.

Rule of contrast

The rule of contrast lets us understand that placing objects of different luminance, colour, or texture together adds visual aesthetics to your design. For example, you want to ensure that there is a colour contrast between your table and your decorative objects.

Rule of height variation

This rule states that any two objects in proximity should be of different heights. Putting decorative items of the same height or size in proximity will make the decorative items on your coffee table unnoticeable and cause your styling to look boring. Therefore, you want to ensure that you are layering your decorative objects in various sizes.

Consider the coffee table’s shape

Coffee tables come in two main shapes: round and rectangular/square. Depending on the shape of the table, your approach to styling it might vary. Below are a few things to keep in mind when styling your coffee table depending on its shape:

Round tables

With round tables we recommend you divide the table into four quadrants. Then, ensure that with each opposite quadrant, there are two different decorative objects. For example, in one quadrant you can place vases, and in the opposite of that quadrant you can place a tray or books.

Rectangular tables

With rectangular tables you can divide the table into three separate vertical sections. In each section you want to place different decorative items. For example, you can place a tray/basket in the middle, a vase on the right side, and books on the left side.


Whether you buy your homewares online or in store, make sure that they fit your coffee table. Place modern decor on glass coffee tables and rustic decor on vintage ones. Use the checklist in this blog to help you make informed decisions and remember to style your coffee table to your personality.

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