Coffee table styling & decorating in 4 easy steps


Your coffee table sets the tone for your whole living space… After all, it pretty much sits right in the middle of the room, right? So it’s worth your attention. Instead of just using it as a place to toss a couple of magazines and the kids backpacks, how about decorating your coffee table with things you love and want to show off? Styling a coffee table doesn’t have to be intimidating, but there are a few key steps you can use to get it right. This is our foolproof formula for arranging coffee table decor!


HOW TO DECORATE A COFFEE TABLE


STEP ONE – Use something square. This grounds your arrangement. I love to use a stack of books. Use an odd number, and try to choose books with attractive jackets, or cover them with pretty paper for an organic feel.


STEP TWO – Use something tall(ish). Give your coffee table arrangement some height, but not so much height that it’s difficult seeing across the room, or that it looks out of scale with the size of the table. Candlesticks? A pretty vase? We can uses the books, and a tall vase of flowers to add another level for the eye to look at.


STEP THREE – Use something alive, or from nature. Nothing is more interesting close up than items from nature. Use fresh flowers, a potted fern, or a pretty shell from last summer’s trip to the beach. This houseplant softens the lines of this coffee table.


STEP FOUR – Use something with a different shape. Something round, or irregular in shape grabs the attention and offers contrast. (AKA, interest!) Moss spheres, a collectible, just something with personality.


That’s it, four easy steps!


  1. Start with something square.

  2. Add height.

  3. Add something alive or from nature.

  4. Add a unique shape for contrast.


Here are two final hints… You don’t necessarily have to have four things on the table just because there are four steps…remember, something could be both tall and alive, or both square and tall! Or you can have three things with unique shape, or three stacks of books.


Play with your ideas till you get it right! Lastly for a coffee table, one, three or four items grouped together looks best. You can also use trays to organize your decor on the table. (And there is your square “base”!)


We hope you are off now to gather all your favorite accent pieces, coffee table books and favorite plants and create awesome coffee table decor!

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