Coffee tables might not sound like rocket science, but styling a coffee table takes a little bit of thought to make sure that the items adorning it complement one another, and add visual appeal to the overall aesthetics of a room. Which is why we’ve decided to share our top tips when styling a coffee table (or a vignette, as it is sometimes referred to).
There are a few golden rules that we like to follow, to ensure that the coffee tables in our completed design schemes are a visual delight. We think that if you stick to these golden rules, you can’t go wrong.
Coffee Table Styling Golden Rules
Bring the outside in, by adding organic form and texture to your display. There’s nothing more refreshing than the sight (and scent) of fresh blooms or a leafy plant on a coffee table vignette. Flowers also help to soften a more urban, industrial look. If you’re using a lush green houseplant, don’t forget to wipe those leaves to make ’em shine!
Adding a tray to your vignette is a fantastic way to organise smaller items, ensuring that the display doesn’t look too cluttered. Consider a tray that has texture or a metallic finish to add more visual impact. It’s also useful to include a round tray if a lot of the items in your vignette have straight lines (and vice versa).
Always make sure that you add height to your coffee table display to prevent it from looking too flat and one dimensional. Books are a great way to introduce pockets of height in a vignette, as you can stack them and place objects on top! Don’t forget to vary the individual shapes of your objects too. Always mix things up to keep the eye interested.
Books are a great way to add pattern and colour to a coffee table. Their covers and spines can complement a design scheme or act as a contrast, and the book itself can also help to incorporate a little bit of your personality and individuality. As mentioned previously, they are also very effective when stacked, to add more height and therefore, visual interest.
Candles can add so much to a vignette: for example texture, aroma and atmospheric qualities. They can be picked up at very reasonable cost from a huge variety of shops. We definitely think every coffee table should have one (or three!).
The use of varying textures and finishes plays such an important part in any vignette. Texture ensures that the overall display doesn’t appear flat, and encourages viewers to take a closer look.