Ten Steps for styling a Coffee Table

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    A coffee table, whether large or small makes an essential part of the living room décor. Styling the coffee table is an interesting way to personalize your home and let your personality shine through when you have visitors. There are a few basic rules of coffee table styling that should be kept in mind to create balance and symmetry.
    Here are ten steps to style a coffee table that speaks volumes about you:

  • Start with a blank slate:
    To start styling your coffee table, remove everything that is currently on it. You can choose to style your coffee table according to the season, a theme or current trends.
  • Choosing things to style with:
    Styling your coffee table does not mean spending money on new baubles. Look around the house for pieces that you love or ones that have a story to tell. Think of objects that reflect memories of a great family vacation, your time in college or your favorite books.
  • Pick one tall object:
    Styling the coffee table is all about balance. To start with pick a tall object like a hurricane, candle sticks, or a beautiful vase from a thrift shop. A tall object will add a sculptural element to your coffee table. Place it on your coffee table and move on to the next.
  • Pick one botanical or natural element:
    A bunch of flowers, succulents in a terrarium or just a small plant will give the coffee table a fresh and natural vibe. It will add life to your display and will add a pop of color to your color scheme. Opt for fresh botanicals instead of artificial ones.
  • Add a stack of books or magazines:
    Coffee table books are a great way of sharing a bit about your personality, likes and aspirations with your guests. They can also come in handy to entertain guests. But coffee table books can be expensive and you do not have to dig into your savings to style the coffee table. Use a stack of magazines that you like to read.
  • A conversation starter:
    An element that tells a story like a souvenir from your travels abroad or something dear to you will help your guests connect with you. Such conversation pieces are important in making your guests feel at home. These nostalgic memorabilia on your coffee table will also help you keep focused on doing things you love the most.
  • Add a Tray for organizing:
    Another important element of the coffee table is a tray. A tray will help avoid a cluttered feel and will help in organizing your knick knacks on the coffee table. Balance the height of the tall object you chose with a collection of small baubles on the tray. These baubles can range from sea shells from your beach vacation, couple of bowls or some tea lights.
  • Add some bling:
    The final element to go on your coffee table should be a piece of shiny metal. Any metallic object in brass, bronze, silver or gold will make your coffee table pop. Even crystals can be used to add the desired bling effect.
  • Spacing:
    Once you have all the required pieces on the coffee table, move them around to create a vignette that you like. Leave some empty space between each element to avoid a chaotic look.
  • Editing:
    Final, but most important step of styling your coffee table is editing. Remove anything that you feel does not fit in. all elements on your coffee table should appear cohesive when placed together. Keep editing until you are satisfied with the placement and the overall feel of the vignette.



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Instead of investing in new pieces, pick objects to style your coffee table from what you already own


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Use a tall object like a candle stick to add height to your coffee table.


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Botanicals like green plants and succulents add life to the coffee table.


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A stack of books on your coffee table speak a lot about your personality.


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Personalize your coffee table with an element that tells a story


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Use a tray to keep your elements organized


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A metallic object will add a pop of pretty to your coffee table


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Be mindful of space between the elements to avoid a cluttered look.

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Edit your vignette until you are satisfied with the arrangement.

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