Let’s talk about how to decorate a coffee table and do it as seamlessly as the pros! It’s all about creating a small vignette that can be a mini focal point in your room! All you need are a few items and these savvy tips!
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I used to feel so out of my element when I tried to style a coffee table! It never looked like the fuzzy, but beautiful image of the styled coffee table I had in my mind!
I’m all about finding easy ways to reproduce something over and over. My mantra in so many area of my life is
DON’T RECREATE THE WHEEL!
So I started to pour over coffee table vignettes to see if I could find common elements that made easy and attractive ways to decorate a coffee table. And guess what, I did. I found 5 things that make up most of the most appealing coffee table!
And I’m sharing these 5 things in a “recipe” for how to decorate a fabulous coffee table every single time!
Please remember this, decorating your coffee table is not rocket science. There is really not one way to do it correctly. It’s using these 5 easy tips and then getting a bit inspired and creative to add your own personality to your coffee table!
Look around your home and start a collection of coffee table accessories that show off your personality and style!
THE NUMBER ONE BEST COFFEE TABLE ACCESSORIES YOU CAN COLLECT ARE… TRAYS!
A tray works like magic to corral all the other accessories you will put on your coffee table! And it gives the things you will put on your table some boundaries.
Trays are usually inexpensive and having a few different types of trays will give you lots of variety when you style a coffee table!
Yes, you can style a coffee table without a tray, but a tray adds so much texture and our eyes love trays!
FLOWERS, PLANTS AND NATURAL ELEMENT
Add life to your coffee table and room by adding something natural to your coffee table vignette!
Here are a few natural elements to add to your coffee table design…
- cut flowers
- cut greens such as a large leaf
- sticks and twigs
- moss balls
- twig balls
- potted flowers such as orchids
- flowering branches
You can see how to make EASY PEASY TEXTURED MOSS BALLS HERE.
I love to add flowers to my vignette! If you don’t want the maintenance try a faux plant or flower. Or if you don’t want to baby a real plant look for an easy-care real one!
There is always something organic, live or faux, in my coffee table decor! It’s just pretty! And we all love “pretty”, don’t we?
ADD BOOKS TO YOUR LIST OF COFFEE TABLE ACCESSORIES
No wonder some books are called “coffee table books”. Books are amazing “filler” and perfect “risers”. And of course they are also great to read!
Stack books in or along side of your coffee table tray and you have an instant paring that looks balanced and beautiful!
But don’t let a stack of books stand alone. Add the next smart element that every table vignette should have…
ADD ONE QUIRKY OR INTERESTING ELEMENT TO STYLE A TABLE
I love this part of decorating a coffee table! Because I LOVE to embellish things. I really think I can make almost anything pretty!
Make sure you have one (maybe two, but don’t overdo it) fun, interesting, quirky thing that is special to you! These are things you love and maybe even collect.
I LOVE small boxes. I’m not sure why, but I can’t resist them. I recently got this little box at Pier 1 on my last visit. I could not source it online, so look in your local store.
A stack of books is the perfect place to display your quirkiness!
I paired my little inlaid box with a finial that I call the “egg”. I’ve had this little decor do-dad for a couple decades and it still finds its way into my vignettes!
See how to DECORATE WITH FUN, TRENDY ACCESSORIES HERE.
LIGHT UP COFFEE TABLE
Add a bit of ambiance to a coffee table by using candles in a vignette. How pretty!
I’m using three-wick candles I got on sale at Pier 1. It’s Citrus Cilantro! See it HERE.
But don’t be afraid to use a tall candleholder topped off with a chunky candle if you need a little height in your decor.
As you are creating a fabulously decorated coffee table you might want to keep these things in mind too…
- vary height
- add texture
- keep a tight color palette
- edit, edit, edit- don’t overcrowd a vignette
These 5 coffee table accessories will help you seamlessly create coffee table decor like a pro…
- 1 basket
- 2 organics
- 3 books
- 4 something quirky or personal
- 5 candles
Make sure to see ACCENT DECORATIONS EVERY HOME NEEDS to see 16 must have accessories every room needs. These simple things will bring interest, warmth and a big dose of your personal style to your home!
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