Top Tips For Styling Coffee Tables

Top Tips For Styling Coffee Tables

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

Something Living

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.


We’ve done the hard work for you!  Check out our selection of bits ‘n’ bobs from a number of online retailers to get you started. Click the links below to take a closer look.

  1. Cream Feather Tea Light Holder, Graham & Green;
  2. Sea Coral Decoration, Nordic House;
  3. Alexander McQueen, Book Depository;
  4. Pentagon Terrarium, Graham & Green;
  5. MARS Textured Metallic Glass Vase, Habitat;
  6. Carve Tray, Amara

City Centre Home Inspiration | Fletcher Design Northern Ireland

City Centre Home Inspiration | Fletcher Design Northern Ireland

Do you call the city centre home? Struggling with your interiors? We’ve got you covered. To kick off our very first blog post, we want it to be fun and informative. We’re going to show our lovely followers some interior design proposals for a modern pad located in the city hustle and bustle. Also, we’ll explain the rationale behind some of our selections, and we’ll even highlight a few design trends for 2017!

Let’s start with one of the most important rooms in this pad: the lounge!

This design is bang on trend with accents of rich sage green.  If you paid attention to the 2017 Pantone trend colour predictions, you’ll be very aware that green is hot, hot, hot!  We’ve combined this opulent colour with neutrals and subtle pattern to ensure that this strong hue takes centre stage.

The sofa, mid-century styled chair, curtains and cushions are all bespoke creations, made exclusively by our Templepatrick design studio, whilst the marble top side table (marble is STILL huge right now!), is available at La Redoute.

Art provides so much added visual stimulation to a space. In this instance, we decided to use art to reinforce the use of green in this interior.

This abstract piece is by the very talented Fintan Whelan.

Next up is the Master Bedroom!

There’s no doubt about it: dark hues make a statement, and we love the depth and atmospheric qualities that a dark, inky blue wall, can bring to a space.  This linen, textured wallpaper will be used on all 4 walls for added visual impact and can be picked up at Villa Nova.  We think dark hues look amazing when paired with metallics. This is why we’ve chosen this eye-catching geometric mirror in copper.

Set of three copper mirrors, available at Fawkner.

For consistency, and to complement the lounge, we have continued to include punctuations of mid-century modern pieces by using statement side tables available from Dar Lighting.

One of our favourite elements is the industrial inspired floor lamp, with a vintage edison bulb.  Its height helps to draw the eye UP, it prevents the room from looking too one dimensional and adds buckets of charm.  This can be snapped up at Gallery.

The bespoke chair in steel blue is quite simply stunning, and with custom designed wardrobes, a custom headboard and upholstered bed base (with additional storage) all designed and built by Bowman Design Company, this bedroom is the epitome of luxury.

The Second Bedroom!

For the second bedroom, we’ve taken inspiration from a New York loft style interior. With cool greys, geometric accents, a warm pop of colour acts to underpin a thoroughly contemporary vibe.

The different textures and patterns used in this interior ensures that the use of grey doesn’t dominate. This prevents the space from appearing cool and uninviting.  One of the best ways to soften a contemporary, industrial inspired design, is to introduce texture.  We love this fur throw available from Dunelm Mill.

We’ve injected a warm shot of colour in this space via cushions and art.  This is a great way to add instant eye candy to a design. Plus, in the future if you fancy a quick change, items like cushions and art can be easily replaced!

Art by Josef Alber, available from King and Magaw

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek at our designs for this city centre pad.  Don’t be shy, drop a comment below and tell us which of the above designs is your favourite! Contact us via our website for more information on Fletcher Designs.