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Sunday Styling - Coffee Table Styling

Posted by Tracey Mills on

I must admit coffee table and side table styling is what I personally find the most challenging when completing a home style. Give me lots of cushions and throws and I can co-ordinate and create a cosy and warm space in the blink of an eye, but coffee tables I tend to overthink it, move it around a million times over.

So this Sunday Styling we are going to explore some key styling tips and tricks for coffee and side tables - let's do this!!

Styling a coffee or side table is all about creating a visually pleasing but functional display in your living area. 

Choose a focal point: Start by selecting a focal point that will anchor your display, such as a vase, a sculpture, or a decorative box.

Then add height: Create visual interest by adding items of varying heights to your display. This could be accomplished by using a stack of books or a tall candlestick. Add height to a vase by popping it on top of your book stack for example.

Use trays: If your table size allows it using a tray is a great way to corral small items and create structure on your coffee table. Try using a decorative tray to hold coasters, candles, or other small decor items.

Group items in odd numbers: Grouping items in odd numbers creates a more natural and visually appealing display. Try grouping three decorative objects together, such as a vase, a candle, and a small sculpture.

Mix textures and materials: Combining different textures and materials adds depth and interest to your display. Consider incorporating items like a woven basket, a ceramic vase, and a metallic candle holder.

Consider the scale: Be mindful of the size of your coffee table and the items you are using. Avoid overcrowding your table or using items that are too small or too large for the space.

Don't forget functionality: Remember that your coffee table serves a functional purpose as well. Make sure to leave enough space for drinks, snacks, or other items you might use while relaxing in your living room.


When using books for your table styling, I suggest using books that relate to the styling vibe you are creating in your home. This will bring together your other styling elements and tie everything together.
Below are my favourite 5 coffee table books for a Boho, Simple Living and Hygge inspired home. Update I added an extra one, love a good book🤎 
"The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well" by Meik Wiking 
This book explores the Danish concept of hygge, which is all about creating a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. It includes tips on how to bring hygge into your home and daily life.
"Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake" by Barbara Bestor
This book showcases the boho modern style with a focus on the Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles. It features beautiful interiors that blend bohemian and contemporary design.
"The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living" by Nathan Williams 
Kinfolk is known for its focus on simple living and slow-paced lifestyle. This book presents inspiring interiors that embrace minimalist and hygge aesthetics.
"The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes" by Justina Blakeney
Justina Blakeney is a renowned designer known for her bohemian style. This book features a collection of unique and eclectic boho-inspired interiors.
"Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More" by Erin Boyle 
This book advocates for simple living and decluttering. It offers practical tips on creating a minimalist and cozy home.
"Still - The Slow Home: A beautifully curated book by Natalie Walton
Natalie Walton is an Australian author and stylist. This book focuses on the concept of finding tranquility and contentment in our busy lives through intentional living and creating calming spaces.


These coffee table books will not only provide interesting reading material for your guests but also add to the overall boho-inspired and hygge feel of your living space. Remember to arrange them with some decorative elements, like small plants, candles, or wooden accents, to complete the styling.



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