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Coffee Table Styling Secrets: 10 Top Tips for the Perfect Look with DIYgirls™ INTERIOR

There is always that one friend whose coffee table is a captivating centrepiece, a perfectly styled focal point in their living room. While achieving this look doesn’t seem difficult, when faced with your own table, it can be. It’s hard to know where to start. Sometimes every item looks out of place, other times you get close to the perfect look but something still seems off and you can’t always pinpoint what it is. Be Inspired with DIYgirls™ INTERIOR.


Vinette Nicholls from DIYgirls has created a formula for coffee table styling. While some people think formulas can be restrictive, she believes they’re a great way to nail a look quickly and unblock your creativity. Here are her top tips to help you style your coffee table like a pro while also infusing it with your own style and personality:


  1. Its All About Balance.
    Achieving balance and symmetry is key to creating a stunning coffee table. Start by considering the shape of your coffee table and then divide it into sections. For a square or rectangular table, think of it as four quadrants. Place items of similar sizes and shapes diagonally across from each other. For round tables, imagine a central focal point with items radiating outwards. Symmetry doesn’t mean everything needs to be identical, but maintaining a sense of balance will make your arrangement feel cohesive.
  2. Make It a Bit Odd.
    Embrace the rule of threes, sometimes also called “the rule of odds”. It is generally agreed that things look more visually appealing if displayed in odd numbers. While you may be tempted to spread items out evenly across the surface of your table, instead group them in odd numbers for a harmonious arrangement that’s easy on the eye.
  3. Height is a Factor.
    Don’t let your display be one-dimensional. Play with heights to create a dynamic vignette. Combine tall objects, like candlesticks or a vase of flowers, with shorter items like a stack of coffee table books or a tray to add contrast and visual interest.
  4. Textures Tell a Story.
    Luxury is all about sensory experiences. Woven baskets, metallic accents, glass vases, wooden trays, glossy coffee table books, ceramic bowls; there is no limit to the textures you can include and they all add depth and intrigue.
    Try to contrast these items with the texture of the coffee table itself. If you have a wooden coffee table, add glass or metals, or if you have a glossy coffee table, consider wood or matt ceramics.
  5. Consider Your Colours.
    To create a harmonious look, stick to a cohesive colour scheme. Choose a palette that complements your existing décor. Neutral tones with pops of colour work well for a sophisticated look, while bold colours can create a dramatic effect. Make sure that the items on your coffee table complement each other and contribute to the overall look.
  6. Trays Are Your Best Friend.
    Trays are a stylish and practical addition to any coffee table. They help organise smaller items and create distinct sections on the table, transforming potential clutter into something that appears intentional and neat.
    Choose a tray that complements your table’s material and colour. For a touch of luxury, opt for metallic finishes like gold or brass.
  7. Add Some Greenery.
    Nothing breathes life into a space like fresh flowers or plants. A beautiful bouquet or a small potted plant can add a splash of colour and a calming natural element to your coffee table. Choose seasonal flowers for a dynamic look that changes throughout the year, or opt for low-maintenance plants like succulents for a touch of greenery without the upkeep.
    Don’t overlook the vase, pot or vessel that holds your plants or flowers. These can also contribute to your coffee table’s wow factor.
  8. Keep It Functional.
    While aesthetics are important, don’t forget about functionality. Your coffee table should serve its purpose as a place to hold drinks, snacks, remote controls and other items. Leave some open space and avoid overcrowding the table. Trays and boxes with lids can also help you keep your coffee table practical while also organising or concealing necessary but visually unappealing items like remotes.
  9. Make It You!
    Your coffee table should reflect your personality and style. While you should resist the urge to cram everything you love onto your table, it’s good to incorporate something that is distinctly you.
    You can add personal touches like a stack of your favourite books, a piece of art that resonates with you or a sentimental item that reminds you of a moment or person in your life. These items not only add character but also serve as great conversation starters when you have guests over.
  10. Rotate and Refresh.
    Lastly, don’t be afraid to rotate and refresh your coffee table décor. Embrace your inner interior designer and give your table the occasional makeover or spruce up. A regular refresh is key to keeping your living space dynamic and interesting.


Bottom line.
Styling a coffee table is an art form that combines structure, creativity and personal expression. By following these tips, you can create a luxurious and inviting centrepiece that enhances the overall aesthetic of your living space.

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Happy styling!
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