Coffee tables are the go to space in our homes to display our decor style, but let's be honest, all that empty space can sometimes be (totally) overwhelming. We've all been there: you try to limit the number of accessories, but the table ends up looking empty. You try to add layers and interest, but it just ends up looking messy. Don't worry, we are here to help you style your coffee table! Just follow these 3 easy styling and accessorizing tips to keep your coffee table chic, clean and totally fabulous!
1. CREATE VISUAL TRIANGLES: One of the most important principles in home decor in general, is the number one rule to keep in mind when approaching a coffee table styling project. To create visual triangles you arrange all the pieces in 3 groups or footprints and place them so that there are different heights & depths. (you can also create larger odd numbered groups, but 3 is the best place to start). In our Colette Set example, the candlesticks are one footprint or group, the floral is the second footprint and the spheres on the book are the third grouping. As you can see, even though this set has 6 pieces, by grouping them in 3 footprints each element has a place and they look organized and purposeful.
2. MIX FINISHES & MATERIALS (& REPEAT): A super effective way to add visual interest to a design is by mixing finishes and materials. Mixing materials instantly infuses the space with rich variation in texture and in light, and dimension. In our Colette Set example, we mix glass, steel, paper and fabric, as well as silver and brass finishes, to achieve a soft and feminine look, that has depth and movement. The key to retaining cohesiveness while mixing materials is REPETITION. In this case we repeat glass (in the candle sticks and the vase) and we repeat the circular shape in the spheres and in the candlesticks.
3. INCORPORATE NATURAL ELEMENTS: This is a simple rule, but oh SO important! Bringing a piece of nature in has a balancing, calming, and connecting effect. Natural elements are a great way to easily and inexpensively update the look to reflect the seasons and moods. You don't have to limit yourself to florals, branches, greenery, leaves, rocks or even shells will fit the bill.
Now that you know the basics, make sure to check out our Holiday Coffee Table Tutorial where we break down a few more game changing tips!