Want to show your coffee table some design love but unsure of where to start? These ideas for coffee table styling are sure to give you just the boost you need!
The sofa and coffee table are often the first purchase or the first items to be upgraded when you set up a living room, but whether your coffee table is simple or fab, you can still make it stylish by the items you add to it.
Start with a Tray
A tray is a great place to start when decorating your coffee table. It grounds or frames other smaller pieces you may add later, so they don’t look lost on a larger surface. It’s also a great place to bring in a pattern or design piece that enhances your overall room design, and just think of the possibilities! From metal to pottery, handpainted wood, lucite, the possibilities are practically endless. Want a little bling to dress up your room? Choose a metal tray and accessorize with other metallic accents (did you ever think of using jewelry to accessorize your space?)
Do you prefer a more arts-and-crafts look? Find a lovely hand-made or painted tray that goes with the style and color palette of your room.
Books? Yes, Please!
Cicero is famously quoted as saying, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” A coffee table is a great place to display some of your most gorgeous books, which can also add interest and varying height to your table. They’re called coffee table books for a reason, right? Whether you choose first edition books with handmade paper or glossy books of modern art will, of course, be determined by your personal style and the style of your room.
Sometimes, simple is the way to go, but sometimes more, particularly if you play with the arrangement carefully, can be fantastic. Notice how the books in this arrangement below reflect the bright pops of color elsewhere and contrast with the black and white chevron pattern of the rug.
Bring in Nature and Don’t Forget Height
Fresh flowers and plants are little pieces of art, so whenever possible, add them to your coffee table. An arrangement or simple vase with flowers will give some vertical height to your table styling, thus increasing visual interest. Varying the heights of the items you select will prevent your table from being visually boring (avoid looking like a doctor’s waiting room with piles of magazines!).
Don’t Forget the Little Things
With a table top that’s grounded with books or a tray, you can add small, special touches that won’t get lost. Candles are a great addition, as scents and colors can easily be swapped out with the season, and, when lit, provide an instant warmth and sparkle. Small metallic accents, sculptures, or unusual pieces can provide a lot of interest, spark conversation, and share your personality all while adding style.
Make a Statement
There are as many ways to style a coffee table as there are opinions on style, so if nothing else, try adding a single statement piece to your table. Choose a favorite piece and allow it to be the focal point; with the right sculpture or planter, the effect will be understated rather than bland.
Does your coffee table need some love? What can you add or change today to give it some pizzazz?
For assistance with all your design needs, for coffee tables and much more, contact Melanie Langford, CT Interior Designer with All About Interiors.