I’ve been working with a few clients on coffee table styling and thought I’d share my coffee table styling tips here on the blog while it’s on my brain.
Coffee tables are the centerpiece of most family and living rooms, yet so often they are left as a blank canvas or a landing spot for stacks of magazines and remote controls. With the coffee table being one of the main pieces of furniture in a space, it’s worth it to spend a little time and energy in styling it.
To keep it simple, there are 5 general accessories that I like to use on almost every coffee table I style.
1. Tray or bowl
2. Something tall and curvy
3. Something fresh/green
5. Something sculptural, interesting, or quirky
Let’s talk about each piece in detail.
Trays are great for grouping decorative objects so that they look unified instead of just some random objects sitting on a table. They are also great for corralling items like magazines, book, and remotes.
I found our tray (pictured above) at TJMaxx.
Here are some great looking trays/bowls that would work beautifully on almost any coffee table.
To break up all of the hard lines and add some varying height to your table, it’s a good idea to add in something tall and curvy like a pot, vase, candle holder, or an urn.
To bring the outdoors in and add some texture and color, I like to use something fresh and/or green. This can be fresh flowers, a plant, or even faux greenery. Your greenery can be combined with your something tall and curvy by placing flowers in a vase or a plant in a pretty pot.
I found our brass bot at a thrift shop and the faux greenery is from Ikea.
I love books and I use them in every room I decorate. They are a great way to infuse you personality into a space and can also be used to bring in color and add varying heights. Books used for coffee table display should be good-looking hardcover books that reflect what you love.
Think of what you love – music, sports, travel?
I love decorating (duh!), art, and photography, so my books on my coffee table showcase that.
In addition to the subject matter, the color of your books should tie in with the other decor in your room. I almost always remove the dust jackets from my books to reveal a more simple, subtle cover.
A great place to find books for decorating is your local thrift shop. All of the books on my coffee table were from thrift shops and cost less than $2 each. I check my thrift shop’s book supply every time I go in; you never know what you’ll find!
Lastly, add in a decorative object that is interesting, sculptural or quirky. In other words, something interesting that makes people want to take a closer look. This should be something that represents your personality or something you love. Not only will this bring interest to your coffee table, it may also be a great conversation starter for when you have guest over.
The gold mirrored star on my coffee table was a find from Joss & Main a few months ago.
Below are some decorative objects I found online to help inspire you.
Other great places to find interesting objects are thrift stores, antique stores, and stores like Home Goods.
To help you visualize different ways to tie it all together, here are some more images of beautifully styled coffee tables that all incorporate the 5 elements I’ve talked about.