How to style a coffee table
There are a few questions I get from my clients and followers when it comes to styling a coffee table. How do you make a coffee table look good? What should be placed on a coffee table? Today I am here to answer those questions and share some coffee table decorating ideas with you. A coffee table is a not-to-be-overlooked styling opportunity that can really help make your home feel pulled together and give it personality.
Over the years of decorating coffee tables for both myself and my clients, I have developed what I call my “coffee table styling recipe”. Styling is similar to cooking in many ways - you shop for ingredients (home décor) and follow some basic guidelines to create an outcome. My coffee table styling recipe translates across all different styles from modern to rustic coffee tables.
When you are shopping for a tray for your coffee table, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is size, you want to select a tray that is to scale with your coffee table. As a rule of thumb, I like to use a tray that takes up roughly one third of the surface area of the coffee table. Another consideration is the shape of the tray. Rectangular, square, round and oval are the most common shapes. A little trick I use is to mix up shapes, so if your coffee table is a rectangle, try a round or oval tray. The last thing to consider is the colour and material of the tray. I think trays really "pop" when they contrast with the tabletop. For example, a black tray looks great on a wood coffee table.