7 lessons on how to style the perfect coffee table

What’s on your coffee table right now? Top tips on how to style your coffee table to lift the entire room.

When it comes to ideas on how to style your coffee table, think big impact with little effort. Considering it’s a small surface in the scheme of things, styling your coffee table can greatly complement your living space. Consider these 7 tips:

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.

Isabel Ettedgui Apartment – Chester Square

Composition is key

This is probably the most tricky thing to get the hang of. The key is to think about how all the items in a vignette work together as a whole. Sometimes they’ll connect through colour, sometimes style, sometimes shape, and sometimes theme. Once complete the entire display will read as one unit, with each item fitting together with those around it.

Joris van Apers – Ghent House

Layer it

Books, a tray, coasters and maybe a beautiful ornament that you’ve picked up on your travels can all assist with creating layers on your table which can create a sense of interest. Similar textures can look flat so if you’re finding you’re lacking contrast try mixing materials such as a natural woven basket, concrete decorative piece or a glass vase to add some different elements to your table.

Look to the larger room

Coffee table displays don’t exist in isolation. They need to work with the other items in the room. Keep this in mind when selecting the perfect table and the items you place on it.

Keep it low

As a general rule, when creating a coffee table display you should never have anything so tall that it obstructs the view of people sitting on either side of the table.

Consider all angles

When it comes to coffee table styling remember to take a 360 approach. A coffee table is often placed in a central area of a room, so people can see it from all angles. Try to avoid using things that don’t look good from all sides. For instance, if you put a picture frame on a coffee table someone will have to look at the back of it.

That one special piece

Include a focal piece that you will ‘build’ your design around. It could be an unusual item that sparks conversation, something that’s got a unique shape, or something much brighter than the other items.

Remember, that styling is a way to express your personality, which serves as a perfect foundation for finding the theme for your coffee table.

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Modern dining with an authentic Nordic twist

Modern dining is just as much about the fantastic food on offer, but also the social aspect of coming together around the table. This is what inspires Iittala and its latest Raami tableware collection by Jasper Morrison, designed to be loved and used every day, from morning to evening to create atmospheres around the table.

Raami – ‘frame’ in Finnish – is a new dining collection designed by Jasper Morrison. The carefully composed pieces in ceramic, glass and woodwork together to promote great atmosphere at the table from morning to night, on every occasion. Each item from the Raami collection is an individual, perfect on its own, yet a significant part of the entity. Like a family, or a group of friends: each member brings their own characteristics to the table.

“Making good atmosphere is a human Instinct, which plays a part in improving the quality of our everyday lives,” says Morrison.

Raami has been designed with great attention to detail. When taking a closer look, its fine characteristics come out. The feeling of Raami is familiar, something you’ve known throughout your life. “The collection consists of a family of relatives which have varying characters according to types. Plates, bowls, glassware and various additional ‘relatives’ have different but related character, which combine on the table to provide a rich setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” explains Morrison.

The four looks

The collection is composed of four looks, as seen in the below lookbook.

The drinking glasses, with their fluted design, that have a surprising tactility. Light creates interesting shades as it passes through the items. The stemware
forms another look: their considered proportions combine with simple and elegant shape to reward the diner with a casual, yet sophisticated ambience that
serves one purpose – to enjoy their glass of wine. The ceramic items form the third look. Porcelain plates and bowls have a particular curved edge which ends with a subtle rim detail, that elegantly frames the dish. The wooden serving boards form the fourth look. They bring a new functionality to the collection, allowing a more casual arrangement of food and enrich it, by bringing natural warmth to the table setting.

For more information, and to purchase items from this exclusive dining set, click here.