10 Coffee Table Decor Ideas

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Generating coffee table decor ideas could feel like an overwhelming task and some of us will immediately think of getting professional help. And we don’t blame you. Two or ever three heads will feel better than one. However, before we do that, let’s see how we can guide you and transform this task from unattainable to doable.

First of all, try to approach it like you approach putting an outfit together, think of the items you already own and start with your favorite one. That will keep you in line within a style, help you navigate color schemes and textures. 

Secondly, think about the practical side of things: are you an empty-nester, do you entertain or do you have toddlers living in your home? Thirdly, what is the shape of your coffee table? 

Once we answer those questions we are ready to start! Let’s decorate your coffee table in a way that elevates your home and creates a delightful focal point in your living space. We’ll share some stunning photos of beautifully styled clients’ tables for inspiration.

Ways to Decorate Your Coffee Table:

1. Use a Tray

A tray is not only visually appealing but also functional. It can help corral smaller items like remotes, coasters, and candles, keeping your table clutter-free. Choose a tray that complements the shape and size of your table.

If your table is square, you have a lot more freedom for creativity and groupings, if it’s round – keep it clean and organized and use a rectangular or square tray.

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2. Make It Personal

As some of you might know, I was born and raised in Ukraine. So when you come to my house don’t get surprised to see an embroidered runner or a book about Ukrainian food, life or history.

My friend once told me, when I enter someone’s home I want to be able to guess at least a part of their story. Do they travel? What’s their heritage and how many kids do they have? You want to feel like this house is tailored to what the owners love. 

Personal touches do add warmth and character to your decor. So try to incorporate treasures that have sentimental value, such as family photos, travel souvenirs, or handmade crafts. These elements make your coffee table uniquely yours.

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3. Taper Candles

Taper candles bring a sense of sophistication and serenity to any setting. There is something timeless and classy about them. Some of us associate them with holidays, hosting or significant worship experiences, but they can always elevate the every day look of your home. Opt for candles in varying heights and place them in elegant candleholders to create a layered look.

how to decorate a coffee table | taper candles

4. Add Height

Introducing a taller object to your coffee table arrangement creates visual interest and draws the eye. Use items like a tall vase with flowers, a stylish candle holder, or a decorative sculpture. The added height breaks up the table’s horizontal plane, creating a focal point that attracts attention.

coffee table decor | use different textures

5. Stack Books 

Books are a fantastic way to add depth and character to your coffee table. Stack a few of your favorite coffee table books, mixing sizes and covers that align with your color scheme. Top the stack with a small personal decorative object for added flair.

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6. Use Greenery in a Vase

Bring in the touch of Scandinavian minimalism by adding greenery! It creates connection to the outdoors, adds life and vibrancy to your coffee table. Whether it’s fresh flowers, succulents, or artificial plants, a vase of greenery can brighten up the space and create a natural focal point. 

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7. The Magic of Three

The rule of three is a design principle that works wonders in home decor every time. Grouping three objects of varying heights and textures can create a balanced and visually appealing arrangement. 

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8. Use an Open Book

Stack, drape, combine! For a larger table, group stacks of books together, with or without other decorative items. You can also try stacking books from largest to smallest, with the biggest book on the bottom. You can always open your favorite book and drape it over other ones. Books pair with other items very easily, so you can improvise and be creative. 

There are some fun acrylic bookstands available now. Use them to hold a book open to a page with a nice photo. Bookstand will elevate your book 5-6 inches in the air and it will automatically create the focal point.

coffee table decor ideas | use an open book

9. Add Textures

Incorporate different textures to make your coffee table decor more dynamic. Mix materials like glass, metal, wood and fabric. Think outside the box: include a natural dried flower arrangement and you will effortlessly create a rich and layered look.

coffee table decor | use different textures

10. Create Different Heights

Adding height variation to your decor items enhances visual interest. Combine tall and short pieces to craft a balanced composition that captures the eye. For example, place a tall vase with flowers next to a stack of books and a low-profile decorative object.

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Decorating a coffee table is a fun and creative endeavor that allows you to show your personal style. By incorporating your favorite items and maintaining a cohesive color scheme, you can create a coffee table that’s both beautiful and functional. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach—experiment with different elements until you find the perfect arrangement. Happy decorating!

If you’re looking for more personalized advice, feel free to reach out to us and we can schedule a styling session.  We can help you refine your style and choose staple pieces that will make your home truly shine.

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