How to Style Your Coffee Table

There are many things we love about coffee tables. You can pretty much fit one into any size or shape room; they’re really useful – and they’re a great way of incorporating your personal style into a room. Whether you’re looking for a rustic, rural feel or something bolder and more contemporary, we’ve got some top tips on how to bring out the best in your coffee table.

Urban Style Living Room. Plants and greenery. Sofa and coffee table

Coffee Table / Sofa

Wouldn’t it be nice to make a bit more of a statement with your coffee table? They do a fantastic job of looking after your drinks and snacks and make a great rest for your remote. But why not bring it to life by displaying some of your favourite books, a ceramic bowl or some fresh flowers? These simple touches add so much personality to the rest of the room and takes the focus away from other less attractive home accessories, like the TV.

This Brooklyn coffee table is a real gem for those looking for extra storage space, while not wanting to compromise on style. With an extra shelved display section and two drawers, you can really let your room’s character shine through. And still have plenty of room for those nibbles.

Need some fresh inspiration for storing your books? Take a look at our blog on bookcases for different rooms.

Make a Statement

Grey painted coffee table and rustic accessoriesKemble Coffee Table

While it is important to inject some of your home’s personality into your coffee table’s style, it is also important to consider how it will fit with the rest of your scheme. Establish what your base elements are; rustic, modern, eclectic, bold – and build a look that enhances and complements this. That’s not to say that you can’t get experimental with your look – mixing and matching can make a room look dynamic and interesting. Just make sure your scheme is one you are completely comfortable with.

The elegant, rustic design of the Kemble coffee table adds classic charm to a vibrant Havana inspired space. Complete our eclectic look with botanical prints, statement shades and textured throws.

If you love the look of our Kemble painted coffee table, take a look at our other classic painted styles.

Style by Season

Living room with blue walls and grey studded sofa

Sofa / Coffee Table / Nest of Tables

As a nation that doesn’t enjoy a year-round sunny climate, incorporating a few natural elements into your scheme is a great idea – flowers or a few plants can work wonders. You could also consider adding a small selection of candles or a lamp to add some warmth and atmosphere. If you find that your carefully constructed accessories tend to get jumbled, use a small tray to keep them in place.

For a truly cosy feel, try this gorgeous Cranbrook coffee table. We love how the dark-stained finish brings a stately richness to the room. Add a sumptuous rug and your living room sanctuary is complete.

Discover the full Cranbrook range here.

Floral wallpaper contrasting pink wall and sofa with bright accessories

Coffee Table / Sofa / Nest of Tables

Another reason we love coffee tables? You’re not fixed to one particular look – you can change like the seasons, adding summery elements when the sun shines and festive pieces when its Christmas or Halloween. Decorative, useful and beautiful – what’s not to like?

Styling Tips

Once you’ve decided on your chosen coffee table, these points will help you experiment with the use of space:

  • Follow the rule of three. Items that are arranged in odd numbers tend to be more visually appealing.

Chunky coffee table and large clock

  • Try building different height levels by using plants, accessories and books in various sizes.

Coffee table and chair

  • Stack magazines and coffee table books to create more space, and height if required.

Mantis living room furniture with blue chair

  • Place small ornaments on top of the books, one or two will do.

Shay Living Room Furniture

  • Contrast colours. Choose accessories that provide contrast when placed on your coffee table.

Coffee table with blue accessories

Let us know how you get on with styling your coffee table by sharing your photos using #OakFurnitureland on Instagram and Twitter. You’ll have a chance to be featured in our next As Styled By You series!