I’m always swooning over a nicely decorating and “put together” coffee table. It’s the center of most living / family rooms, yet it’s often forgotten about or is cluttered with magazines, papers, and remotes. Because the coffee table is the focal point of the space, why not dress it up to reflect your style and interior decor?!
Because the coffee table can have numerous functions, it’s often difficult to know how to style it. Have you asked yourself, what should I do with this large flat surface? Here are five easy tips to create a beautiful and stylish coffee table.
1. Introduce Organic Elements
Adding flowers, succulents, or even herbs can provide such a beautiful and colorful focal point to the space. Choose one large arrangement or multiple, smaller potted arrangements to showcase organic elements.
An alternative to flowers is to add a large candle in a glass hurricane to bring comfort and a calming to the room.
2. Add Scale and Height
Similar to arranging a fireplace mantel or bookshelf, a well-styled coffee table should have accessories with varying heights and scale. Use books, small sculptural elements, flowers, bowls, etc. that will provide visual interest to your setting. You’ll want to avoid items that have all the same height or all the same size/scale. Using elements that are different will give your table interest and flow.
One idea to add height: Stack items on top of each other. Books are best to help with varying heights! Then add candles or a vase filled with flowers.
3. Use a Tray
By including a tray on your coffee table, it adds another layer of intrigue. Trays are also great to make the scale of the surface a little smaller so your coffee table doesn’t seem like a sea of wood or glass. Accessorize the top of the tray, which then can easily be moved to use the coffee table as another function. Because of the hard surface of a decorative tray, it’s also a perfect element to add on top of an upholstered ottoman or uneven surface.
4. Include a Personalized Focal Point
When collecting / searching for items to display on your coffee table, add a focal point and/or something that showcases and symbolizes you and your interests. Personalizing a space truly makes it yours! You’ll want one piece or element to dominate the table surface. Try a large vase, candles, sculpture, or anything that is eye-catching.
5. Use the “right” coffee table
Last, but most important ~ Before accessorizing your coffee table, it’s important to actually select a coffee table style that fits your needs and lifestyle. Before deciding on a table, think about it’s function and how it will be used. Is the coffee table in a formal living room or is it in a space where the kids will be hanging out doing homework or your husband will be putting his feet up watching ESPN? Determining the use of your coffee table needs will point you in the right direction on what to select AND how to accessorize it!
What do you display on your coffee table?
What style coffee table do you have?
What are it’s functions?