Are you coffee table styling challenged? Don’t know what to put on it or where? I feel ya! I used to be the same way. Depending on the size of your coffee table, you can use any or all of these 3 formulas to style your coffee table like a pro.
Grab a pen and paper…there is a quiz afterwards. Just kidding! No quiz, and these formulas are so easy you won’t have to take notes, unless you just want to!
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Style Your Coffee Table Using The “4 Square” Formula
As you can see, my coffee table has an inlay that is already divided into 4 squares for me, making this way to style my coffee table as easy as buttering bread. If your coffee table isn’t like mine, no worries! You can do it mentally or, if you need the lines there for you put down some masking tape.
I always choose items of varying heights to place on the coffee table. That provides visual interest and allows the eye to roam freely across the vignette. I like to use a tray that will take up two of the four squares on the table. It is a great way to showcase decor, like the great wooden vases I purchased recently from Magnolia Market.
The tray also serves as a great way to corral remotes or extra coasters because this is still real life. I then add an item of similar height and visual weight like the white pumpkin and pair it with another smaller pumpkin and one other item in the remaining two areas on the table.
If you don’t have a tray (which takes up 2 squares) then I would place some hardback books in that fourth square or maybe some magazines if you are like me and still get them in the mail.
Style Your Coffee Table Using The “Ducks in a Row” Formula
The second way of styling is by dividing your coffee table into thirds. Again, you can do this mentally or add masking tape if you need it.
Typically you should put your tallest item in the middle, then the other two items to either side. However that does not have to be the hard and fast rule. In this example I put the items with equal visual weight on each side and then a stack of books in the middle. It is your home, your way. Experiment and style your coffee table to suit you.
Style Your Coffee Table Using The “Centerpiece” Formula
This style is really easy! Just center everything in the middle of the coffee table. The size of your table with determine how many items you place in the middle. A smaller table will only need a small grouping, just make sure to use an uneven number of items, 1 big item or 3 of varying heights like the wooden vases I have here.
Styling your coffee table doesn’t have to be hard. Choose one of the three formulas I have given you…4 Square, Ducks in a Row, or Centerpiece and style your coffee table like a pro. Also remember, your decor should tell your story, so be sure to only have items you truly love in your home and on your coffee table.
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