Largely defined by the space, the room, the décor and its functionality—coffee tables can be a key design element in any living room design. A powerful statement piece that has the potential to either be a masterpiece, a cluttered mess or a big disappointment—here’s how to take advantage of that blank canvas sitting right in front of your sofa.
#1 The rule of three
As in so many other areas of design, the age-old rule of threes comes in handy when styling coffee tables. Holding true for all size and shape tables, the rule of three says that things arranged in threes are more appealing, memorable and effective. To create an eye-catching display, choose three objects of varying height and you’ll instantly achieve a chic, stylish look.
#2 Stick to a theme or get personal
While is true that designer coffee tables are a conversation piece all on its own, what goes on top, under, and around them will finish the look. As a living room focal point, your coffee table is a great place to rotate seasonal decorative elements. While you could display beautiful lilies in spring and sunflowers in summer, you could also let the objects on your coffee table tell a story about your passions and memories. A great tip is to display a grouping of attractive conversation pieces and make your favourite piece the room’s focal point by displaying it alone in the centre of the table.
#3 Less is always more
Playing an enormous role, coffee tables do more than just provide usable space for coffee cups, wine glasses, flowers and snacks. Coffee tables add personality—but nothing makes for a cluttered surface faster than a large collection of small bits and pieces. The good news is, artfully arranged; anything can become a thing of beauty. But you will need to stick to a few key pieces, such as a silver bowl, a tray, a pretty planter, an interesting sculpture, and a coffee-table book or two. It is also worth mentioning that a coffee table without a coffee-table book is a lot like a model without lipstick. Pick ones with bright covers and bold letters and vary the height of the stacks for an effortless style.
Whether you’re looking to update your business reception area or whether you’re looking to beautify your living room or entertainment area, even the most unflattering coffee table can blossom into a powerful masterpiece by utilising these styling tips.