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Coffee Table Tips from Staci Edwards Design

    I am always being asked for advice on how to style a coffee table, so this issue I am sharing a few simple tips to help you get your coffee table looking beautiful.

    Start with a base
    Having a bunch of objects floating around a coffee table can often look like a cluttered mess. Having items grouped together on a stack of books or a tray allows your eye to see all elements as one grouping, so it’s less busy and more impactful.  

    Vary heights
    Having a few things with varying heights creates movement and interest. I like to pair higher floral arrangements or greenery with shorter decorative items like candles and objects.  

    Have contrast
    Contrast is a wonderful way to add interest to whatever you’re doing. If you have a light coloured coffee table, try adding a dark tray and then lighter items on it. This layering of light, dark, and light will make you look like a pro. 

    Include various textures
    Having natural textures such as flowers and greenery juxtaposed with smooth and shiny decorative objects is a beautiful way to add interest to your grouping. The various textures add layers and make the collection more attractive than if all elements were similar.

    Add something you love
    Do you have a favourite type of flower? A favourite scented candle? A special decorative object that you picked up on vacation or from a great local shop? Be sure to add it to your coffee table if it works with your collection of things. Having something that makes you smile right there, front and center, is a wonderful addition.


    STACI EDWARDS, is the owner of her Toronto based interior design firm with clients in both Canada and the U.S. and her work is nationally published and award-winning. She encourages her clients to live easier and more beautiful lives by creating well designed, welcoming spaces, that are both livable and luxurious.

    IG – @staciedwards

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