2 steps to choose and design a stylish coffee table

When it comes to decorating your living room, the coffee table is almost a must. It forms the centerpiece of your living room set up, and can easily make or break the design of the entire space. So, to give your coffee table a stylish look, here are 2 useful and actionable steps you can take!

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Step 1: Choose the right coffee table

With easy access to furniture shops both online and offline, it isn’t hard finding a coffee table design that you like. What’s hard is choosing the right one that fits your living room setup. Here are the basics you can consider when doing so:


To start it off, first select the material (e.g. wood vs metal vs glass) and colour (e.g. light wood vs deep wood colours) of the coffee table. You can do this, by considering the overall theme of your home design.

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For instance, if you have selected the popular Scandinavian theme for your home design, you would probably want to go for a wooden coffee table with a light / neutral colour tone. And, if you are intending to add on a carpet below the coffee table, don’t forget to ensure its colour complements that of the coffee table too.


There’s really no hard and fast rule in selecting the coffee table of the right size. But two things are for sure: you’ll need the coffee table to be wide and tall enough. Wide enough for ample walking space around it, and tall enough such that you won’t have to bend down too much to reach the table.

Although there is no hard and fast rule to selecting the right height for it, some designers do advise setting your coffee table as high as the top of the sofa seat and as wide as two-thirds the length of your sofa.

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Step 2: Style up your coffee table with accessories

In almost all beautifully designed homes, the coffee table is seldom left bare on its own. The most common way of styling it up is with the use of books/magazines and a flower vase.

But these days, many homes are taking a step away from the norm, and creating their very own unique style. You can also achieve a uniquely stylish look for your coffee table by accessorizing it with decorative trays, sculptures, or even your very own collection of toys.

But remember, never overdo your table top decor. To give the space a clean look, you could apply a 30-70 rule: 30% of the space is occupied by decorations, and 70% of the space is kept clean.

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