Eye Candy Alert: 10 Perfectly Styled Coffee Tables From Instagram
Stuck on how to to style your coffee table? Try on these ideas for inspiration.
Styling your coffee table is one of those things that seems super easy…until you try it. Finding the perfect balance of objects, plants and storage (for things like remote controls) really is an art.
But the good news is, there are many different ways to create a perfectly styled coffee table depending on your space, design style and storage needs. I decided to hit up Instagram to find some examples of swoon-worthy coffee tables that will inspire you with your own. Here are 10 of my favorites:
Stick With Odd Numbers
A good rule of thumb is to always stick with an odd number of items. In this example, the decor is pretty simple with only three pieces on the table. But the odd number of items creates a lack of symmetry, which is more interesting for the eye. Even on larger coffee tables, with different groupings/set-ups, remember to stick with an odd number of items (three usually work very well!).
Depending on the size of your table, you can create several groupings on the table (as in this example). Try grouping objects such as candles, plants, small decor items or even books.
Focus on One Main Color
If you’re feeling like your coffee table is getting a bit crazy with all of the decor you have on top, try tying everything together by simply using one main color. Even on a coffee table like the one pictured, it still feels pulled together and unified by the color pink.
Use Objects of Varying Heights
Another great trick is to use items of varying heights. In this example, they're using a stack of books to give some additional height to the candle/lantern piece. Additionally, the greenery and flowers are in two different sized vessels, creating even more variety.
Create One Central Grouping
Grouping all your decor in the center of your coffee table is another good method to try. In this example, this technique works perfectly on the outdoor coffee table with all of the plants, candles and decor pulled together in a tight middle grouping. This would also work great if you want to stick with one type of decor: i.e. using all plants and gathering them in the middle of your table.
Don't Be Afraid to Get Quirky
Do you need a bowl of lemons in the middle of your coffee table? Definitely not. But they look pretty. Don't be afraid to get a little quirky if you want to add some interest or color to your setup. This might mean showing off a collection of vintage matches, adding a bowl of fruit or even a kitschy object; these will all help add some personality to your table.
Use a Variety of Different Types of Objects
While this styling trick is a bit more challenging, once you master it, you’ll be ready to take on any coffee table. In this example, the table features books, candles, flowers and a few different types of small pieces of decor. This approach often requires experimentation, so don’t be afraid to try out a few different setups, then add/remove things as needed.
Focus on the Area Underneath the Table
Concentrate on the area below the coffee table and leave the surface clear. This example uses larger table books as a focal point and sticks to a simple black palette. Even if you don’t have a bottom "shelf," like the one pictured, you can create one with stacks of books and go for the same effect.
Use a Tray
One of the most tried and true coffee table styling tricks is to use a large tray to gather all of your decor and accessories. A tray is a perfect choice if you're looking for an easy way to pull things together. The great thing about trays as well, is that they come in so many different sizes, styles and shapes, and you can make them work for any space or setup.
Don't Be Afraid to Keep Things Super Simple
There’s no hard and fast rule that you need to load up your coffee table and cover every surface with objects and decor. Here’s a great example of a simple coffee table with just one book and one piece of pottery. The space is accessorized with some great pillows and art, so the simple coffee table really works perfectly with this setup.
Host an Adult Game Night
Keep the conversation casual and intimate by hosting game night at the coffee table. Lay out an assortment of cards and games, and serve snacks in simple bowls. For an artisanal touch, serve beer in craft glassware and keep growlers within arm's reach to make self-serving simple.
Provide Comfy Seating
Host a Sushi Dinner Party
Entertain your guests in true Japanese fashion by hosting a sushi party at your coffee table while seated on the floor. If you go the take-out route, remove food from containers and boxes, then plate all the sushi on ceramic dinnerware. Skip floral arrangements in favor of potted grasses.
Display a Collection
If you've got a collection of objects that don't fit on your bookshelves, consider displaying them front and center on your coffee table. Here, an assortment of vintage brass objects adds luster and graphic shape to the seating area while also showcasing one-of-a-kind finds.
Host a Casual Indoor Picnic
Put any concerns of fickle weather to rest by hosting a summer picnic at your coffee table. Stick with a summery palette and add a touch of grass green to the center of the table with potted grasses or ferns. Light fare, such as salads, sodas and sandwiches, are the perfect fit and will keep your guests feeling casual and relaxed.
Give Your Table Some High Design
Get Down and Artsy
If you're looking for a spot to express your creative side as a family, your coffee table may be the perfect place. Protect the surface of the table with a tablecloth or a large flat-weave rug by placing a drop cloth or roll of kraft paper beneath it. Lay out painting or crafting supplies with a cohesive color scheme among bowls.