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How to Decorate a Coffee Table

How to Style a Coffee Table

Your coffee table, mantle, and bookshelves are the spaces in your living room that allow you to make the biggest statement about your decorating style. They should feature a collection of accessories that coordinate and tie your room together. Coffee tables generally have less surface area than a mantle or bookshelf, so it’s essential to understand the fundamentals of styling this smaller space.

Whether your style is clean and simple or you favor an eclectic look, understanding basic design principles can help you become a decorating whiz. This guide will explain the essentials for decorating any coffee table, as well as how to style in some of today’s most popular trends like Industrial, Bohemian, and Glam.

See Coffee Table Styling in Action

So you want to decorate a coffee table, but you aren’t sure where to start? Don’t worry — we’ve taken the guesswork out of coffee table styling and have put together a tutorial for you that is quick and easy. In this video, you will learn how to style a coffee table in a few easy steps. Become a coffee table decorating expert in under a minute!

Coffee Table Essentials for Any Style

Coffee Table Tray

Coffee Table Tray

Coffee table trays are a great addition to your table design. They’re both stylish and helpful for organizing the rest of your coffee table decor. Accessorizing with trays helps break up the space on large coffee tables. If your tray has handles, it can easily be relocated if you need more space while entertaining. Decorative trays and mirrors come in many colors and styles, so no matter what look you’re going for, this multi-functional accessory will really pull your design together.

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If you’ve noticed drink stains or water rings on your coffee table, you might consider adding a set of coasters. With hundreds of unique styles and designs to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect coaster design for any coffee table decor scheme. Matching sets add plenty of personality to your coffee table spread, and often include a coordinated holder to keep your coasters neatly organized and ready for whenever you want to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or evening drink with friends.

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Vases & Candles


Height is an important part of coffee table decor because it breaks up the outline of the design. A vase filled with shells, rocks, plants, or flowers introduces an element of nature and brings the outdoors in. Candles are another way to build height in your design. Pillars and candlesticks add statuesque style to your layout. Stagger candles of different heights to create more visual interest.


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Statement Piece

Statement Piece

A visually stunning piece of decor that represents your personality is the perfect way to make a statement in your coffee table design. From metallic decorative balls to ceramic statues, choose something you love that showcases your individual taste. Your statement piece is the focal point that catches the eye and sets your overall tone, so embrace this chance to be creative.

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