Spruce up your coffee table decor with these simple hacks that will breathe new life into your living room for a heartwarming new season.
I have always been fascinated by many living room decor styles, and the ingenuity that people put into turning these important hubs of their homes into inviting yet formal and sophisticated spaces to showcase their individual styles.
Aside from drooling over sumptuous sofas, gorgeous accent chairs, and expensive drapery that adorn these living spaces, I am very intrigued by how people decorate their coffee tables, these little jewel boxes that pull the whole living room ensemble together.
Although tiny compared to the seating spots that they are meant to complement, coffee tables are important in setting the tone for living rooms (and family rooms if you are lucky enough to have one). Lots of thoughtful process goes into selecting the right one for our seating spaces, making sure we decorate it into a beautiful aesthetic worthy of a design-magazine photoshoot.
Memorabilia, family heirlooms, vintage pieces, gorgeous decor books, vases, and funky pieces, just to name a few are some items that grace our coffee tables. I have scoured the internet for some affordable finds alongside a few hacks that will give you some inspiration on how to decorate your coffee table like a designer pro. Scroll down to find out more!
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Pick the right coffee table
First thing first, the key to successfully decorating your coffee table is to start by choosing the right one for your living room or seating spot. Measure the available space that you have and make sure to leave generous legroom for people to comfortably move around.
The type of coffee table you go for also determines how you will style it. Remember, it’s all about pairing function with style here like in Modern design.
If you fancy investing in a round coffee table, the key here is to keep things simple and clutter free. A minimalist approach to decorating it is your best bet.
You can be a little more playful and expansive with square or rectangular coffee tables. Split your tabletop into 4 equal parts and display a different decorative object in each square. Keep some much-needed breathing room between your decor pieces.
For those working from home and scrambling for square footage, consider a coffee table with built-in storage that will help hide away your notebooks, pencils, and pens and even the occasional cat and dog toys from sight.
A vintage trunk, an upholstered coffee table, and even an ottoman with storage or nesting coffee tables can be on your shortlist when planning to invest in a coffee table. Basically, it’s time to think a little outside the box and disrupt the status quo.
The fancy crowd can go for marble, concrete, rustic or polished wood or cane coffee tables. Art deco style lovers can consider glitzy chrome, glass, and rare wood coffee table options.
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Consider a vessel
Dressing up a coffee table with a vessel has been one of the most enduring trends in the design world. No, it did not start with your grandma – she simply kept maintaining a design tradition that has been passed down to her from previous generations, because it adds lots of warmth, texture, and a welcoming tone to a living room.
Consider your favourite furnishings stores such as Terrain, Target, Etsy, Lulu and Georgia, Nordstrom, CB2, Crate & Barrel, or John Lewis when shopping around for beautiful ceramic vessels. Don’t forget to browse thrift stores and vintage boutiques for some unique finds.
To make your chosen vessels more interesting , add a few fresh flowers from your garden or dried ones. Dried pampas grass and realistically looking faux branches are also great options to add texture and sprinkle a touch of your colour in your living room. The good thing about them is that they are very durable and low-maintenance.
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Add a bowl
Aside from their beautifully curvy and sculptural forms, bowls are great on coffee tables for displaying other decorative objects, fruits (real or fake ones) and trinkets and hiding away the occasional pet or baby toys.
Their variety of shapes and textures help them to add visual interest to a coffee table decor without stealing the show and create a layering effect when paired with decor pieces of different shapes, materials, and sizes.
Whilst going for a traditional ceramic bowl is a fabulous option, there are a plethora of alternatives you can consider. Have you given a thought to bowls made out of raw wood, marble, textured cements or handmade with jute rope? Ultimately, pick a bowl that elevates your overall coffee table decor style.
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Stack books, books, and more books
There is something very endearing about coffee table books. They add a touch of sophistication and an air of well-educated and travelled vibes into any corner of your home, whether you actually decorate a bookshelf, the entryway, a kitchen spot, or your coffee table itself with them.
Unless you have a high-traffic home or a toddler crawling around,in which case forget about this one for the time being, coffee table books can be great additions to your tabletop decor.
They ground your living space and effortlessly help you play with heights, colours, textures, and shapes to achieve a more elevated coffee table decor scheme.
Beyond looking good, your curated books should truly tell a story about you, something personal and relatable that brings back fond memories and can strike up conversations. Coffee tables can reveal to the world some of your areas of interest, from arts and culture to faraway travel destinations, home interiors, culinary heritage, and high-fashion. So, think about them when planning to decorate your coffee table.
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Layer decorative objects
The pinnacle of a coffee table decor lies in the ability to blend in different types of textures, materials, shades, and accent pieces to create a cohesive look that is visually captivating.
The secret here is to play with heights by curating items that are different enough yet complementary from a design perspective. For example, you can place a bowl or porcelain clay knots on top of stacked books to create contrast and visual interest. Throw next to them a scented candle, a vase of flowers, some trinkets, woven accents or sculptural wood pieces to complete the decor. Here, it’s all about using your imagination to put together a display that you very much like. You can always modify it with the change of seasons if you fancy.
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Make use of a tray
keep your coffee table organised with a stylish tray. It is a great spot to place the remote control, a few trinkets and books. A tray also helps protect the surface of your coffee table from scratches and regular wear and tear.
More importantly, a reasonably sized tray is very useful to have at hand when you choose to eat a snack or a meal in your living space. You can use it to carry your food and the tableware to keep your place tidy.
So, having a tray on as part of your coffee table decor is about being both stylish and practical at the same time. Nobody lives in lala land 24/7! Items you choose for your space need to be just as functional as they are elegant.
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Set the mood with a candle
Create a spa-like atmosphere in your living room with a beautiful scented or unscented candle. The beautiful aroma together with the soothing flame will create a dreamy ambience in your space, inviting for calm and relaxation.
Pair your chosen candle with an elegant match cloche that will most certainly look classy on the right coffee table. Don’t forget to invest in the right candle care tool set with a wick trimmer and stylish candle snuffer. Consider a chic cloche dome as well to cover your blown candle to shield it from dust.
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Experiment with quirky shapes
Let your creativity shine when decorating your coffee table. Forget about strict design codes.
A little wood sculpture, funky candle holders, a decorative marble figurine, a small canister, a decorative coral, a small rattan storage box, a wooden garland, or a faux clam shell for those into coastal decor will be a welcome addition to your coffee table.
Whatever your design style preferences are, be experimental. If you are into DIY home decor, give yourself the joy of upcycling a few decor pieces that will look just as stunning as the ones you will have gotten from CB2 or Crate & Barrel. On top of it, it will tell your own story and will carry more sentimental value in your heart.
When the right time arises for (re)decorating your coffee table, just remember that it’s all about striking the right balance between fun, creativity, and functionality. The key here is to keep things simple. Draw inspiration from your favourite designers’ styles if you fancy, and be brave enough to try different materials, shapes, colours, and textures to come up with an aesthetic that is quintessentially yours.