Renowned interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard shared his design expertise on how to design a coffee table at home. Known for his eclectic style in interior design, it’s no surprise that his coffee table design ideas follow suit.
In the video, which Pollard shared on his Instagram account, the famous designer explains that he believes designing a coffee table should be very personal; Layers with items that make sense to you.
We take a closer look and break down Bullard’s top five tips for replicating the look in your home, perfect for your fall coffee table design.
1. Add the character to the books
The first step in designing a coffee table, according to Bullard, is to add books. By taking advantage of this popular coffee table display trend, not only do books look stylish, but they’re a great way to reflect your own interests, as Pollard explains:
‘Not only because I love books, but also because they add height to a table. They kind of give a little window into your personality, but also give a lot of interest to the space.’
2. Offer meaningful things
The second element to consider when designing a coffee table is adding decorative objects that are personal and sentimental. In the video, Pollard shows off a dish he bought on a trip, which he shows is a great way to layer a look while also bringing back memories.
3. Create an atmosphere with candles
Candles are an essential part of coffee table design, according to Bullard. He favors sconces, which he praises for not only adding height to a table but also for the inviting glow they give a room.
Plus, he continues, “Never forget a scented candle again, to add your own flavor to a room.”
4. Layer with crates
“The boxes are also always nice.” “I collect boxes from everywhere,” he says. Not only do the boxes serve as an extra decorative feature on the table, but they are also excellent for storing smaller items that might otherwise clutter up the space.
5. Finish with flowers
The final step Bullard took in designing the coffee table was adding flowers: “It’s all about the really personal stuff.” But the thing that crowns it, that gives it this kind of wonderful natural flavour, are the flowers.
Pink garden roses are featured in Pollard’s home, which he explains add a splash of color to a room as well as an element of freshness. Get a designer reference and choose flowers in a different color than the room’s main palette to add more interest to the space.
Design your own coffee table with these items
Whether you’re looking to start designing your coffee table from scratch, or are looking to add a few fall-inspired additions in anticipation of the changing seasons, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite coffee table accessories for you to shop below.
Whatever design style you’re into, be sure to follow Pollard’s last tip: “…when designing your coffee table, just do it.” Design with abandon.
Black pepper + hemp scented candle
Not only does this candle look elegant on your coffee table with its fall-inspired shade of green, but it will fill your home with a fresh, earthy scent.
Add some height to your coffee table with this iron candle holder, which you can customize with your choice of different colored candles.
This coffee table book by Brian Paquette is all about designing different homes, and it’s packed with loads of inspiring photos for you to browse.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look at more coffee table decor ideas we’ve rounded up, or if you’re looking to try something new, we’ve got plenty of ideas for coffee table alternatives for the home.