Initially, as interior designers, it made us smile to discover that someone overseas has «invented» the perfect table rule. Yes, yes it really exists! In reality, it is something that many of us already do unconsciously, especially if we study the arrangement of furniture and objects through studies and experience. We are still dealing with old rules of composition, which those dealing with architecture, photography and other visual arts know perfectly well. It is precisely one of the strengths of interior stylists (those who are in charge of choosing and positioning furniture and accessories for photo shoots) to have the ability to group together various objects to create a beautiful composition, the one that today would be defined «Instagram mobile»!

Anyway, back to the rule of the perfect table is always stimulated by a different vision from ours, even the one that tries to find organization and rules (apparently rigid) to be applied to everyday life, not least to interior design. We understand that not everyone has the experience or harmony of proportions that naturally creates a spectacular «corner».

There is also a precise term in English that identifies these «sets», a composition or grouping of objects: they are called vignettes.

As an interior designer, we like the idea of ​​showing some interesting objects in their best light. The arrangement of objects on a table is something economic, affordable for everyone, which can be constantly renewed and which can give a certain satisfaction in the creative composition.

If your table has been overwhelmed with newspapers, breakfast cups or remote controls (it sounds familiar to you, eh?), This is the time for a makeover. If you have no idea how to do it, learn the tricks used by stylists and interior architects to arrange the objects in a harmonious way.

Let’s see together what this «rule» consists of to have a perfect composition on your table. You have a number of well-chosen items. Here’s what:


It is one of the main elements of the vignette. They act as a stage, containing the smallest objects and accessories, highlighting them.


The Danish Hygge also taught us that candles or candle holders always add atmosphere, help you relax and feel at ease when the evening arrives. One or two candles (of different heights) cannot be missed.


An ordered stack of books (usually two or three books) serves to give movement and raise the smallest element of the composition. Not to mention that you can read or browse the book that is at hand and so can your guests.

Something high

Changing the height of the objects will give more interest, so it will make the composition more pleasant. The rule says that it has at least one object that is higher than the rest, even supported on the books.

Something alive

Apart from the dog wagging its tail around the house or the cat that is curling up on the sofa, here we talk about «green». At home you can always benefit from plants, so even in the composition can not miss a fat seedling or a small vase of flowers, which give energy and vitality.

Something personal

The composition must be yours, so it should include something personal like a memory, a family heirloom, a souvenir of a journey or an object of emotional value … everything is allowed.

Something original

Adding an «eccentric» element, a little different from the rest of the composition helps to give character, avoids the too formal aspect and attracts attention.

What do you say, do you feel like trying to create your perfect coffee table? Here are some pictures of different houses and styles, which follow all or most of these table decoration rules. Try it yourself!