Styling home decor – honestly – is very subjective. What works for one’s lifestyle may not be practical for another. However, study enough Pinterest boards and Instagram pages, and you’ll see some similarities in interior design. Most interior designers (or self proclaimed ones like myself), follow certain rules to make a room more inviting and visually appealing.
Below are some of my favorite guidelines to styling the perfect coffee table.
- Add Height: When everything is the same level, nothing gets noticed. Add candle sticks or a vase of flowers to create interest.
- The Rule of Threes: The ancient interior design rule of three comes in handy here. There’s a reason the sitcom wasn’t called Four’s company or there weren’t six blind mice. The guideline of threes say that things arranged in odd numbers are more visually appealing and memorable than groupings in even numbers.
- Accent Colors: Play off of the color of your coffee table. I have an antique brass table, so I included gold accents throughout my living room.
- Go Green: For those with a black thumb (like me!) a coffee table is the perfect place to keep a small low maintenance plant, or go faux.
- Pick Sides: If you’re playing with a large space, pick one side to decorate. This will keep the table from feeling too cluttered, and will create a space where guests will feel comfortable placing a cup or plate.
- Put it on a Tray: A tray keeps the table from feeling all over the place. It’s also practical for keeping large decorative items or things for daily use, like coasters.
- Don’t Overcrowd: Sometimes it’s hard to resist filling up the table with a lot of treasured accessories. However, it is very important not to overcrowd and disrupt the functionality of the table.
- Be Personal: Let the objects on your coffee table tell a story about your passions and experiences. If you love traveling, leave a page open of a book about your favorite city for your guests to take a peak. If you collect sea shells from your beach vacations, put them in a decorative bowl as a centerpiece that creates conversation.
You may also be interested in my post on how to style a bookshelf.
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