…that there is actually a proper way to style your coffee table.  Not in terms of where to have it, or which table to choose but what goes on your table and where. There are people’s entire careers dedicated to coffee table styling.

Here are some beautiful coffee tables:

The key is layers and a mixture of textures

Great use of books


Matching colour such as here with the book and flowers gives a great result.
Start with a double layer table and you’re already half way there
You know what a sucker I am for upcycled items and this table is awesome.


There is absolutely no denying it, all of the above are gorgeous examples of how to dress your coffee table.  Below are some quick and easy tips for yours:

Flowers – fresh preferably, silk acceptable, carnations never. Probably large buds are best with short stems.

Something tall – I suppose you could use the flowers, but if you remember that your table will be admired mainly from a seated position, a better “tall” object would be an interesting piece of art or sculpture.

Books – obviously. Who doesn’t want to show off their artisitic, creative, intellectual, hilarious side with a choice selection of books.  Again, I would suggest the bigger the better and pile them up.  Two piles of books, diagonally aligned to each other will balance the table out.

Trays – as illustrated above, layers are key and a tray helps with this and if you leave enough room people can put their cups on it. That is if its not full of more priceless artefacts.

Coasters – apparently people with good coffee table styling do not use coasters. It’s very embarrassing if you spoil your look with such practicalities. You’ve been warned, just don’t do it.

Now, you may sense a small note of sarcasm in my voice. I apologise. When I started this post I believed everyone should have a beautiful coffee table, perfectly styled and exquisite. But as I continued searching and hunting for all these beautiful tables I realised, this is never going to happen. Well not in the near future anyway.

When you have a baby and a cat and a dog, the nearest I can get to styling my coffee table is a pile of “that’s not my puppy” books, various remote controls (some work the machines in the room-half don’t work at all) a pencil, blunt to avoid injury, the baby monitor (yes still) and various other crucial pieces that rotate on a daily basis (favourite toys, half written shopping lists, and a constant mug of cold, half drunk coffee).

So while I will strive on a daily basis for my coffee table to look like the above in all likelihood it will continue to look like this:

I apologise in advance for the use of a coaster.