Welcome to our latest Project Design. I am sharing Eight Tips for Styling the Perfect Coffee Table. We last did coffee tables back in 2015. I am so excited that six of our blogging pals are joining us today to share their tips. Styling a coffee table isn’t a project that needs completing in a day. Take time to find pieces that you really love. Shop vintage markets, antique shops, and resale stores in addition to the traditional spots. A coffee table is often the center of the living room, so use it to display items that you enjoy looking at every day. It should be functional, say a bit about who you are, and most of all be balanced and decorative.
My go-to formula for styling a pretty coffee table
- Some sort of natural element (fresh flowers, a plant, some other earthy element)
- Candlelight ( to add ambiance and possibly scent to the room )
- Books (arrange them in neat stacks paying attention to the colors of the room)
- Decorative accents (that personalize the space)
- Tray( to organize the above items if needed)
- Vary Heights and Textures (items should have enough visual weight that they don’t get lost but not so big that they overwhelm)
- Add Something Vintage ( to add history and character)
- Relate objects to other elements in the room (such as colors and textures)
I recently moved my large coffee table from our game room into our family room (we don’t have a living room) My old square coffee table was looking dated and didn’t really fit the space well. This is what the coffee table looked like decked out for fall.
I recently switched out my pillows to something more spring-like so I thought I might try something a little more neutral. The cowhide box and tray I scored at Home Goods. Everything else I shopped my home for.
I love using books. They are great for adding height to smaller objects and injecting color or texture.
Although I love the textural look of this one I craved a more minimalist look. Be sure your coffee table isn’t stacked with so many decorative objects that it no longer functions and has lost its purpose.
I picked up some simple flowering branches at the wholesale florist (nothing blooming in my yard now), and stuffed them into one of my vintage jars. I love the life the branches bring into the room. I saved the tray, added my latest favorite tatine candle and some cowhorn and deer horn.
My final rendition turned out to be my favorite.
I added a favorite potato stamped antique basket filled with lemons, the vintage jar filled with flowering branches and my candle. Simple and minimal.
The older I get the less complicated I like things. Since bringing in the salmon in my new pillows I got the bright idea to add the pair of arched doors off one of my cupboards to the mantle. What do you think?
If your coffee table is like mine and has two levels with a space for baskets, trays or books underneath, try making the lower interesting and functional as well. Again, this can add visual interest to your table.
You might want to check out our previous Project Design post on coffee table styling here
At the bottom of this post, I have shared some of my favorite trays that I use for clients and some current favorites and my latest favorite design books.
Now stop by and see what our blogging pals have in store for you. This group is great you won’t be disappointed!