So we finally purchased a new coffee table to replace the wobbly old one we got for free when we moved in. It served its purpose, but it was time for an upgrade. Now that we have a new coffee table that is totally more my style, I wanted to share how I typically decorate it!
Let’s start with the table itself. I purchased this table from Wayfair – it’s the Gracie Oaks Swineheart Upholstered Coffee Table (click here to see!). I love the style and neutral colours of this table, and especially the upholstered top. I was a bit worried to purchase a table with this kind of top as it would be less forgiving to spills and messes. However, it actually comes with two trays that are stored on either side and can be pulled out and placed right on top to hold drinks and snacks! So neat!
Coffee tables are more than just a place to put your coffee on and rest your feet. I think they can create the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your style and display a little piece of your personality. It’s also so versatile as you can switch things up as frequently as you want and decorate with items according to the holidays or season. With this said, there are a few things you should keep in mind and consider when you style a coffee table to make it look visually appealing.
Use a tray
A tray not only looks great, but it also gives you a space to place all your smaller decorative pieces. It will make your display look more cohesive and grounded. Make sure to get one that’s big enough so the items you place in it don’t look so cluttered. Try to also get one that matches your decor and style of your coffee table. I love warm neutrals and natural wood tones so I’ve used a tray that incorporates this.
I personally prefer when the tray is off-centered on the table, but it doesn’t have to be. Switch it up and see what you like best. If you have a round table then keep the tray centered instead.
If your table is large, try using two trays! These trays are the ones that came with the coffee table. Using two gives a more balanced and unified look.
Group in odd numbers
There’s something about grouping items together in 3’s or 5’s that look more aesthetically pleasing than if you were to group in even numbers. If you have a lot of items, you can think of styling a coffee table with this rule as groupings and not individual items. So if you have a few large coffee-table books, a candle, and a tray with various decor items on it, think of each of those pieces as “groups” which would then be three in total.
In this tray, you may notice that I technically used four items: the candlestick, plant, candle and beaded wood garland. I actually am not including the beaded garland with this example – I consider this more of a “filler” item.
Having a mix of heights gives your coffee table more interest. If you use all the same height with your decor pieces it will look too flat. If sticking to the rules of 3’s/5’s, try to have each item a different height. Having a taller or larger item on your table also anchors it in place, giving it a focal point. Surround that taller item with smaller items such as candles, plants or other little decorative items.
Use coffee table books
There’s a reason why they are called coffee table books. They are not only pretty to look at, but they can be used to style your coffee table in many ways. If you have multiples, stack them all on top of each other (again using the odd number rule).
Use flowers or greenery
Adding flowers or greenery can add the perfect pop of colour and complement any decor. They add such a natural element of beauty and style. Use fresh or faux – either will do the trick.
Less is more
If all else fails, just keep it simple. Don’t feel the need to fill up every inch of space on your coffee table, as you’ll run the risk of it looking too cluttered. You also want to keep it practical. It is a coffee table after all, so it should still be functional. Make sure you’re keeping space and making room for beverages and other items to be placed on it.
Remember: have fun with it! Use what you have and take the opportunity to display a little of your personality and life in a simple way. Share a personal item that is meaningful. Maybe it’s a little souvenir from a trip or something you’ve picked up from a flea market or thrift store. Do it with love! You’ll be surprised at how styling a small area in your home can lift up your mood!