How to Style a Coffee Table

May 5, 2016 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed that an enviable living room often starts with a well-styled coffee table?  We have, and so we’re taking a closer look into the common elements of an eye-catching arrangement.  Of course, we started by combing our Pinterest feed for inspirational images.


Source: Erika Brechtel


Source: One Kings Lane


Source: Amber Interiors


Source: Harper’s Bazaar


Source: Domaine


These rooms all have a different look and feel, but reveal very common elements that make their coffee table-styling attention-grabbing.  Let’s break them down:


  1. A curated stack of books — all of these rooms have include interesting reading stacked neatly.  Choose two to three books on a subject of your choice, common themes include design, fashion and travel.
  2. Trays are a great way to add a decorative element and organize the smaller objects on your table.  Choose a rectangular tray for a large table or an interesting shape to make a bolder statement on a smaller table.
  3. Flowers, plants or succulents.  While beautiful, it’s not easy to maintain freshly-cut flowers.  Succulents are a good alternative, they are low-maintenance and still provide that finishing touch.
  4. Place smaller objects, like a candle or bowl, on top of your stack or within a tray.  Vary the number of objects depending on your style and the size of your table.  Avoid a cluttered look by paring down.  We like the top image’s use of a small bowl to hold matchbooks to use for the candle.
  5. Choose something with an interesting structure or varying height to give depth to your arrangement.  Again, be conscious of the size of your table when making your selection.

Odds are you already have most, if not all, of these items in your home.  For a quick refresh on your living room, why not restyle your coffee table?  We’d love to see photos!

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shopping List:

  1. In Tuscany
  2. Domino:  The Book of Decorating (on my coffee table)
  3. Chanel
  4. Trays from Made Goods, Parker Hatch and Jonathan Adler
  5. Small objects from CB2 and Jonathan Adler
  6. Structural and taller objects from Anthropology

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