Coffee tables have a prominent place and function in a living room. Since eyes will be on it, keep it looking neat. You might even want to style it like you would a work of art. Use artistic techniques to design the look, such as striking a balance with symmetry and composing a color story or style.
Take a look at more tips to help you achieve easy coffee table displays.
Pare Down the Design
Simple displays, like this one from artist Sarah Greenman, are attractive without disrupting the eye. This display looks tidy with a clear acrylic tray and keeps the focus on books and flowers. Do not overcomplicate or crowd the table.
Keep It Balanced
Balance is an essential component of any coffee table display. One of the easiest ways to achieve visual harmony is with symmetry. On the table styled by Amanda Carol Interiors, three is the magic number. The middle object grounds the display. The smaller piles of books are similar in size to balance the entire display. Three sets of table legs and three sections on display make this table, and the whole room, appear united and orderly.
Compose a Vignette
By composing a coffee table display, you’re creating a vignette or trying to leave an impression. The key to a perfect vignette is working with items that tie together. Items can connect through similar color, style, shape, or theme. In this display by Massimo Interiors, the commonality between the objects is subtle. Three objects are rounded while the other objects are rectangular.
Use a Tray
A tray is a simple Pinterest-worthy trick that stylists and decorators like Vanessa Francis Interior Design use to make items work together in a display. The right tray can corral items on a table into one elegant and unified presentation. On this table, the tray and vignette are white, keeping the look minimalist.
When it comes to coffee table styling, items look best when they’re the right size. Items should be large enough, so they don’t disappear on the table. The objects should not overwhelm the display or get in the way of function, either. In this display from Park & Oak Interior Design, you have plenty of room to put down a drink, book, or a remote control.
Work With the Room
Integrate your coffee table and the items in your display with the rest of your space. In this transitional living room designed by Cortney Bishop Design, the coffee table styling keeps with the rustic feel of the space. The raw wood coffee table visually fits in with the heavy-looking wood mantel. The wood bowl and box integrate well within the room.
Keep Items Low
When creating a coffee table display, avoid tall, clunky objects that obstruct the view of people sitting on either side of the table. Think of a creative way to use pieces of different heights on a coffee table. This display from Digs Design Company incorporates thin branches to create an airy, see-through effect. This display is even more effective with a simple white vase that seemingly disappears, blending into the white table.
Overcrowd With Purpose
A formal living room is one place where you can fill up a coffee table with treasured items. In this formal living room from Alexander James Interiors, multiple tables are used for display items only. This room isn’t likely used for entertaining, it seems more like a space for visiting museum-quality artwork.