Your coffee table is the anchor of your living room, making a design statement and serving as a visual focal point. It’s also one of the most clutter-prone surfaces in your house. Remote controls, magazines, knick-knacks, mail…if it’s in your hand when you sit down on the couch, chances are it ends up on the coffee table, and “cluttered” is a design statement no one wants to make. One simple remedy?
Design with your lifestyle in mind. If you know, you tend to collect catalogs on your coffee table, put a basket underneath it to keep them contained and out of sight. Add a tray to display decorative items and make tidying easy, if it’s not in the tray, put it away!
You don’t need expensive artwork to make your coffee table display elegant and chic. A simple vase of flowers or a moss topiary adds an instant pop of color and style, and it’s easy to change with the seasons. Make a personal design statement by displaying some of your favorite books, or shells from your last family vacation. With a little planning, you can turn that cluttered tabletop into a design feature to be proud of.
Whenever I see a flat surface in my home, I feel like it’s begging to be decorated! And the coffee table is one of my favorite places to play and experiment with various decor items and colors. When seated in a living space, the coffee table becomes a focal point and there’s noting like a beautiful vignette to help set the tone of the room.
There are limitless options as to how you can style your table, but I’ve taken some of my favorite examples and categorized them into Style Approaches based on the premise used to create the design.
All of those Pinterest-perfect living rooms you swoon over have something in common (no matter the style or price point)—a stylish coffee table focal point. The best part? You don’t have to spend hundreds to achieve a look you love. Discover the tricks my favorite designers have up their sleeves when it comes to styling a coffee table. Then, try it in your own home!