How to Style a Coffee Table
I am so thrilled to be participating in Beth from Home Stories A to Z’s blog hop called “How to Decorate.”
I am joining 25 other fabulous bloggers to talk about all kinds of decorating ideas, tips, and tricks. It is such a fun series to follow.
If you are joining me from Jessica’s blog, WELCOME! I LOVE Jessica (and her accent.) Have you ever heard her talk? It’s a hoot. She gets a kick out of my southern accent too.
Okay. I digress.
Now let’s get to my decorating topic!
Two pieces of furniture that many of us buy when we get our first place to live is a couch and coffee table. Ya just gotta have them.
If you only had these two pieces of furniture in your house, you would still be set. The couch could also serve as your bed, and your coffee table could do double-duty as your dining table.
But hopefully most of us have passed those days and have been able to add more pieces of furniture to our homes.
And since we don’t have to use our coffee table as a kitchen table, we can now have fun styling it!
But where do we start?
I used to think styling a coffee table was difficult, but it really isn’t. Here are 5 easy steps to styling your coffee table.
Step One: Add a tray to your coffee table to organize some of the items in steps two through five.
Step Two: Place some books or magazines on your table that are interesting for you or your guests to read.
Step Three: Bring your coffee table to life with fresh flowers or greenery.
Step Four: Set out one ore more decorative accents that are unique to your taste and could be a conversation starter for your guest.
Step Five: Either for ambiance or the smell, add a candle to your coffee table.
Now here are some inspiration pictures of my favorite coffee table styling…
Do you see all five of the steps on each of these coffee tables?
See if you can spot them.
Here’s a little test…
What is missing on the coffee table in this picture?
Did you say fresh flowers or greenery? If so, you are correct!
I love that coffee table, but fresh flowers or greenery would really bring that space to life!
Now of course, you will not be breaking any laws or decorating rules by not following all of the five steps to style a coffee table mentioned above.
But if you have trouble figuring out what to put on your coffee table, these steps will help you get started.
Now it is time to jump on over to the next blog in this blog series. You are in for a real treat!
Click HERE to visit Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange.
Here is the entire How to Decorate series…
1. Beth, Home Stories A to Z: How to Find Your Decorating Style
2. Courtney, A Thoughtful Place: 5 Gallery Wall Styles
3. Stacy, Not Just A Housewife: How to Decorate with Plants
4. Myquillyn, Nesting Place: Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget
5. Donna, Funky Junk Interiors: How to Turn Worthless Junk into Home Decorating Must Haves
1. Melissa, The Inspired Room: The Secret Ingredient Every Room Needs
2. Jessica, Four Generations One Roof: How to Decorate with Container Plants
3. Traci, Beneath my Heart: How to Style a Coffee Table
4. Cyndy, The Creativity Exchange: Tricks for How to Zone in on the Perfect Paint Color
5. Laura, Finding Home: 5 Ways to Personalize Your Home
3. Kim, Sand & Sisal: How to Decorate Coastal (without lookin’ all Margaritaville!)
4. Diane, In My Own Style: How to Decorate so You Feel at Home
5. Melissa, 320 Sycamore: 3 Decorating Truths in any Home
2. Rhoda, Southern Hospitality: Adding Architectural Interest
3. Lindsay, Makely: How to Decorate With Color and Not Feel Like You Live Under the Big Top
4. Jen, Jennifer Rizzo: Easy table top decorating with the display rules of 1-2-3
5. Heather & Vanessa, At the Picket Fence: Blue Home Decor Ideas …I’ve got the blues!
1. Brittany, Pretty Handy Girl: Color Harmony in Decorating
2. Marianne, Songbird: Decorating Tips from a Lazy Decorator
3. Jen, Tatertots & Jello: How to Decorate with Spray Paint
4. Brooke, All Things Thrifty: The Six Best Things About Decorating
5. Wendy, Shabby Nest: Making a Rental (or any space for that matter) Your Own
Great tips! I always love to see how other people use accessories.
You hit all the tips perfectly and I love how you laid it out step by step! Right now my coffee table has all of those elements going on plus some extra “accessories” such as legos, dirty tissues, and a swim suit. Sigh. Can’t look like a magazine all the time though right? Thanks again for joining my How to Decorate Series!
I agree, you really did a great job Traci in breaking this down into steps and this way, you can see that it’s so easy. Well, you made it easy. Thanks so much for sharing girl!
Love the coffee table ideas! Will be using them. How about giving us some ideas for a console table thats against the wall. Thanks for your inspiration! ;)
These are great tips! I just recently started using a tray on my coffee table and love filling it with various things. Thanks for sharing! :)
Thank you for sharing ! I am totally redoing mine :)
I am so a tray kinda girl myself! I’m only left with a small side table now due to desiring more floor space, but you can bet my side table as a little crate filled with flowers… :)
I would love to see a cup of coffee, on the coffee table. Beautiful tables!
Great tips! Seeing how others style their homes is such great inspiration!
…unless you have a two year old, then look for items that can be thrown but don’t break. Beach balls?
These are some great tips!!! Thank you!
An an interior decorator my clients struggle with coffee table decor. This is great advice and anyone can do it! Thanks for sharing!
These are great! Can you possibly do the this same thing for the entry way? Because I just redid my coffee table and used items from my entry. Haha!
yay I have 3 of the 5 and the orchids are closer to a brighter place so I can add those anytime. Guess I had better scout around for the “candle factor.” yippee
Beautiful. Great ideas but the one thing you did not address was a round coffee table. But hats what I have…with nothing on it. I could use some ideas. Very different . I don’t just want one thing sitting in the middle
I personally favor nothing on my coffee table. However, I have a dog who’s tail could wipe the table off with one swipe, so…
I have a tray on mine and fill it with various things like a candle, kleenex, and maybe a book.
A couch and coffee table are the two pieces of furniture I don’t own anymore!! Left my couch behind when I sold my house b/c it was to heavy to move and I was storing what I had and sold my coffee table in a “moving yard sale”. I get to start out all over when I get set up somewhere!!! I am enjoying reading the decorating series in the mean time
Thanks Terri! And best of luck moving!