Hacks for Styling a Round Coffee Table
05/17 Design Tips

Hacks for Styling a Round Coffee Table

Quick tips and inspiration for styling a round coffee table

We love a round coffee table, and styling them is always a fun challenge.

Unlike a square coffee table, where you typically have a lot of space for your favorite styling accessories and space leftover for functionality, a round coffee table calls for more careful consideration. If you have a round coffee table and are scratching your head trying to figure out how to style it, scroll through for some inspiration and a few hacks for making it look effortlessly elevated.

Hacks for Styling a Round Coffee Table

No. 1: Treat the layout like a triangle

When considering the layout of your coffee table, treating the layout like a triangle can be a good starting point. Create groupings in three different sections to keep it visually interesting and full of dimension while still leaving leftover space for placing drinks and other essentials while you’re using it.

From our Historic Loft Netflix Remodel

From our Northridge Remodel

No. 2: Start with a focal point

Start with a large piece or two that will bring visual weight to the table and provide a focal point. Vases, jars, sculptural objects, florals, and greenery can all make great focal points.

From our Northridge Remodel

From our Historic Loft Netflix Remodel

Focal point favorites

Ground the look with a statement-making focal point piece.
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No. 3: Break up the shapes + create layers

Variation in height can go a long way in making sure a vignette doesn’t fall flat, especially on a low surface like the coffee table! One great way to bring in more height is by stacking coffee table books to elevate smaller decor pieces and add a new shape.

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Must-have coffee table books

Add personality and height to your vignette with stacked books.
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Pacific Natural at Home
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Down To Earth
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Houses: Atelier AM
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Cy Twombly: Making Past Present
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Monet: Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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From The Land

No. 4: Layer in your smaller objects

Now it’s time for the fun part! Add in layers of small objects like coasters, boxes for remotes or decorative objects to bring some personality, texture, and variation to your coffee table book.

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Versatile coffee table decor

Bring in smaller objects to complete the look.
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Wooden Chain Links
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Burl Wood Coasters (Set of 4)
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Hex Coasters (Set of 4)

No. 5: Anchor the bottom

If you’re styling a round coffee table with an open bottom tier, you can use it as another styling opportunity rather than a stash spot for stray belongings. A large substantial piece like a bowl or tray is all you need to ground the look and keep it feeling put together.

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Grounding decor pieces

Keep it simple on the bottom tier with substantial pieces.
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7 Comments
Studio McGee
  1. This is so helpful!! I’d love some tips on how to decorate around a fireplace/mantle – especially when you do not have built-ins.

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