An undecorated coffee table is like a glorious blank canvas, ready for you to inject your personality and interior style. But, if you’re anything like us, it can also be a bit of a challenge… How many coffee table books is too many? What’s the trick to making your arrangement Insta perfect? We asked our art director (and all-round style guru) Lizzy to give us her top tips…
1. Firstly, clear off anything that’s on your coffee table, then decide on a colour scheme. Is your furniture and home decor neutral? Is it eclectic? You want your coffee table to look like it belongs in your home. After all, it’s a little snippet of who you are.
2. Once you’ve decided on a colour scheme, you’ll need to either collect objects you already have or source some new finds. Things that work well on a coffee table include: a vase of fresh flowers (go for shorter stems if your room is small, longer stems if your room is large) or succulent plants, candles, decorative or sculptural bowls and ornaments, beautiful books on places you’ve travelled or subjects you’re interested in, and lastly a tray to hold groups of objects together.
3. My favourite part – the styling! Arrange your objects together in a way that’s pleasing to the eye (check out my tips below). Stacking books from largest to smallest works well, grouping a vase or plant with some candles in a tray is also very effective.
Work with the size of coffee table you have. Don’t over-crowd a small table (it will look cluttered) and don’t under-style a large coffee table (or else it looks bare and un-welcoming).With styling there’s a tried and tested approach where we group objects in numbers of three. Three objects grouped together tend to be pleasing on the eye, and this rule will work throughout your home, not just on a coffee table. Try stacks of three coffee table books together, three candles in varying heights, or a candle grouped with a vase of fresh flowers and a decorative bowl.Another trick that stylists use is to arrange objects in a triangular shape or silhouette. Place the tallest objects in the centre with shorter objects on either side.If you have small children in your home, you can still partake! I have two young children so instead of a hard and sharply-cornered coffee table I use a large, round ottoman with a round oak tray on it. If we’re having guests over for dinner and the children are in bed I put candles and fresh flowers on the tray, so it looks warm and inviting.