Hacks for Round Coffee Table Styling

We’re all thinking about the upcoming changing of the season, farewell summer! Whether this is a mourning stage, or a celebration you’ll probably feel like refreshing your space. We also get a lot of questions about styling coffee tables, so we revisited this post and gave it a little upgrade.

Check out the first video, then scroll down for a refresh on the tips. Keep in mind, these tips totally apply to a round or square coffee table, too!

TREAT THE LAYOUT LIKE A TRIANGLE 

We want the coffee table to feel full, but we don’t want complete chaos. This isn’t a dumping spot for your belongings! Give yourself a guide by creating groupings that lay out in a triangle shape. This keeps it looking visually interesting and full of dimension, and with purpose!

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START WITH A FOCAL POINT

Start with a large piece or two that will stand out the most on the table. This could be a vase, jar, or sculptural object. If we have a vase or jar we love to fill it with fresh florals and greenery. This brings a lively and natural breath of life. But an empty one looks pretty as well!

You’ll be working around this piece.

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BREAK UP THE SHAPES + CREATE LAYERS

Like we said, we don’t want chaos! To avoid a mashup of shapes, we work with groupings of three. Break up sections and create height by stacking books or using a tray to hold everything. Then you can layer in the fun, smaller pieces likes beds, magnifying glasses, or small bowls or coasters. If you have the space, we love sculptural pieces.

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Decorative Pieces:

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Coffee Table Books:

ANCHOR THE BOTTOM

Many coffee tables have an open bottom tier that provides another styling opportunity. Don’t make it look like a place to throw random belongings! Use larger, more substantial pieces and create groupings of two instead. Larger pieces will be enough to display on their own.

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Substantial Pieces:

TAKE A WALK

This is always our final step. Take a look back and all around the table to make sure you’re feeling good about all angles.

If you use these tips in your own home, be sure to tag us, @studiomcgee! If you use our product and want to be featured, tag @mcgeeandco and #mcgeeandco!