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DESIGN SCHOOL

How to Style a Coffee Table

Tips to help you create the most inspiring coffee table ever.

 

Meet the Designer

MEET THE DESIGNER
Lainey Hollis

Lainey Hollis is the Vice President of Product Development at Williams Sonoma Home, leading the in-house design team for the home furnishings brand. Her unique point of view guides her signature aesthetic: enduring design, spanning from traditional to modern, made only of the finest materials.

Divide Coffee Table into Sections

Divide Coffee Table 
into Sections

 

Breaking the space into sections makes it easier to visualize your coffee table into smaller parts. For a square, think quadrants. For a rectangle, break it into thirds. And, for a round shape, break it into quarters.

Anchor with a Large Tray

Anchor with a Large Tray

 

Trays are a great way to group your pieces — and to keep things organized.

 

Add Your Favorite Books

Add Your Favorite Books

Choose books that are chic and inspiring. Books that are large in scale help to anchor the composition.

Add Something Living

Add Something Living

Add a vase of your favorite flowers or a potted plant to breathe life into your aesthetic. This creates an attractive focal point.

Incorporate Height

Incorporate Height

Add some items of differing heights to create visual dimension and balance — and to keep things interesting.

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Bring in a Personal Element

A good rule of thumb is to add something that’s reflective of your personal style and tells your story. If it’s meaningful to you, it will work.

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