Lately, my coffee table has been bugging me. (I know. Design blogger problems.) But seriously, I had the requisite stacks of design books, a small John Derian tray, and some random vintage objects. It took me a minute to realize that what I needed was a large tray to corral everything on the table. I just ordered this lucite tray from CB2, which will hopefully take care of coffee table woes. As I searched through our sneak peek archives for some coffee table done right, I noted some lessons behind what makes a well-styled coffee table. Check over my list and let me know, if I missed any of your favorite coffee table styling tips. –Amy
Coffee Table Styling Lessons
- Use natural objects for a sculptural element
- Play with the height of the objects – bring in vases or candles
- Use stacks of books!
- Use a tray to corral all the objects on the table
Image above: Editor of Real Living Magazine, Deborah Bibby , uses her large, square timber coffee table to display items from her travels. The coral was purchased at Lord Howe Island, Australia, the hide drink coasters from Africa, a smooth stone collected from a riverbed in Kangaroo Valley, Australia, and some favorite books books — African Visions by Mirella Ricciardi; Peter Lindbergh’s photography, and Flair by Fleur Cowles. See all the photos of Deborah’s eclectic home here.
Image above: Jon and Nina Hans use their coffee to display items that are a reflection of their shared interests. Neat stacks of books always make for a great visual display. See all the photos of their LA home here.
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Image above: Roséline Lohr, founder and editor in chief of This is Glamorous, fills her home in Edinburgh, Scotland frequently highlights her coffee table display with flowers are from her favorite flower shop. See all the photos of her home right here.
Image above: Morgane of Les Composantes uses a silver candelabra to add some height to collection of photography books. See all the photos of her Paris home here.
Image above: Amy and Erich McVey use natural element to add color to their coffee table display. The postcards on the table were used in lieu of a guestbook on their wedding day and are filled with messages from their family and friends. The couple built this coffee table using wood they found in a barn on Amy’s grandparent’s hazelnut farm. See all the photos from their Salem, Oregon home here.
Image above: A mix of natural elements, favorite magazines and books on the coffee table in this Catskills vacation home. See all the images from this modern vacation get-away here.
Image above: Favorite objects, flowers and books add visual interests to Naomi Stein’s glass coffee table. See all the photos from her modern bohemian glamour home here.
Image above: The collection of vintage pool balls on the ottoman coffee table adds some visual height to the display. See all the photos from this Santa Cruz home here.
Image above: Silver trays keep the objects on this living room ottoman organized. See all the photos of this sophisticated San Francisco home here.
Image above: Natural objects hightlight the rustic wood coffee table in Jennifer Sarkilahit of Odette’s home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. See all the photos here.