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15 Designer Tips for Styling Your Coffee Table

Want to give your living room an easy update? Our 15 coffee table decorating tips will help you create a perfectly styled look like a pro.

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Photo: Rustic White Photography, LLC. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Maintain Balance

Nothing makes for a cluttered surface faster than a large collection of small knick-knacks. Contrastingly, displaying only large items can look heavy and cumbersome. To keep your coffee table balanced, vary the scale of display items and stack or group like objects together.  

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Form a Grid

When working with an oversized coffee table, knowing where to begin can be half the battle. Our tip: tape off sections to form a grid and position objects within the squares. This helps compartmentalize your styling and makes the entire task less intimidating. 

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Make Seasonal Swap-Outs

As a living room focal point, your coffee table is a great place to rotate seasonal decorative elements. For example, nothing says spring like a vase of fresh tulips. In summer, place a sea conch on a stack of books for beachy vibes, then come fall, swap out the shell for a pumpkin or gourd. 

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Photo: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan ©. From: Charles Faudree.

Look High and Low

When all items are at the same eye level, nothing gets noticed. To create a more eye-catching vignette, vary the height and scale of your coffee table's decorative objects, as designer Charles Faudree has here. 

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