How to Style Your Coffee Table Like a Designer

Is your coffee table in a rut? If your coffee table looks flat, dull, and lacks a certain je ne sais quoi, the answer is probably yes! In many ways, the coffee table is the center of the living room. This means that the way you style your coffee table speaks volumes to the aesthetic of the room. Ever wonder how the fabulous designers on Pinterest get their tables to look just so perfect? Wonder no more. Here are 5 tips to styling your coffee table like a pro:

1. Sometimes, less is more.

A common issue with the everyday coffee table is that they tend to accumulate junk. You might start off placing a few magazines on the table, and somehow a week later there are stacks of mail, books, magazines, catalogues, etc. Try to avoid this faux pas! If need be, invest in a coffee table with shelves down below. Here are a few options with storage/shelving that we love:

worlds-away-helen-gold-leaf-coffee-table-white-lacquer-topWorlds Away Helen Gold Leaf Coffee Table with White Lacquer Top – $1,140 – Free Shipping!

white_lacquer_rectangular_coffee_tableWhite Lacquer Rectangular Coffee Table with Glass Top & Shelf – $1,200 – Free Shipping!

bagatel_cocktail_table_with_mahogany_finish_and_brass_accents1Modern History Home Cocktail Table with Mahogany Finish & Brass Accents – $3,270 – Free Shipping!

These storage-friendly coffee table options will give you ample storage, leaving the surface clear for a clean look. Add a chic tray or basket to a bottom shelf as a catchall for additional miscellaneous items, and style the top with a single tray, decorative piece, or flower arrangement. We love the way the simplicity of a single, thoughtfully chosen tray or centerpiece looks on a coffee table:

How-to-style-coffee-table-candice-cruzImage: Instagram

Style-Me-Pretty-How-to-style-coffee-tableImage: Style Me Pretty

Britt-Co-How-to-style-coffee-tableImage: Britt + Co

2. Color Code

To give your coffee table a more styled, cohesive look, select items in several shades of the same color. This will make the overall look more well thought out and expertly styled. To break up the color palette and prevent it from becoming too flat, add a piece or two in a gold or silver hue.

Stone-Gable-Blog-How-to-style-coffee-tableImage: Stone Gable Blog

Huffington-Post-Color-Coded-Coffee-Table-StylingImage: Huffington Post

J'adore-j-crew-how-to-style-coffee-tablesImage: J’adore J. Crew 

Decor8-how-to-style-coffee-tableImage: Decor8 Blog

3. Stack Fabulous Boxes

A few stacked boxes can breathe new life into a dull coffee table. Choose a matching set or mix and match a few curated favorites! Either way, this is a great way to both add storage and decorative appeal to your coffee table.

Bliss-at-home-coffee-table-stylingImage: Bliss at Home

DSC_0722Image: Mimosa Lane

Styled-Coffee-Table-Lush-InteiorsImage: lush-interiors


set_of_two_faux_shagreen_round_covered_boxes_french_blueSet of Two Faux Shagreen Round Boxes in French Blue – $73.00

black-decorative-box-crocodile-skin-gold-crocodile-1Black Faux Crocodile Box with Gold Crocodile On Top – $171 – Free Shipping!

carousel-teal-tinted-bone-decorative-box-1Carousel Teal Tinted Bone Decorative Box – $50 – SHIPS SAME DAY

marble_and_blue_agate_decorative_boxMarble & Blue Agate Decorative Box – $73

4. Combine Varying Shapes

Varied shapes will add layers to your coffee table, making it look purposefully styled. Put a square or rectangular tray on a round table, or vice versa. Mixing up your shapes adds intrigue!

My-Paradissi-Round-Wooden-Coffee-TableImage: My Paradissi

Bungalow-Blue-InteriorsImage: Bungalow Blue Interiors

5. Books as a Base

While books on a coffee table might not seem like a revolutionary idea, it is worth noting. We love the way it looks when books are used as a base for other decorative items as seen below:

How-to-style-coffee-table-glitter-guideImage: Glitter Guide

Styled-Coffee-tables-design-by-ceresImage: Design by Ceres


palm-beach-chic-by-jennifer-ash-rudick“Palm Beach Chic” by Jennifer Ash Rudick – $75 – SHIPS OUT SAME DAY!

9782759405114-hamptonsgardens-01“Hapmtons Gardens” Hardcover Book – $150 – SHIPS OUT SAME DAY!

9781614280996-frenchstyle-01“French Style” Hardcover Book – $65 – SHIPS OUT SAME DAY!

6. Ambience

Whether it be your favorite Nest candle, a lantern, or a beautiful glass hurricane, some variation of a candle or candlestick is a great way to add ambience to your coffee table. Since the coffee table is a focal point of any living room, this will add a cozy and romantic element to the room.

Style-me-prettyImage: Style Me Pretty

Coffee-Table-Styling-Tina-Ramchandani-CreativeImage: Tina Ramchandani Creative

Design-by-ceres-coffee-tableImage: Design by Ceres

Lilacs-Longhorns-Coffee-table-decorImage: Lilacs & Longhorns

society-socialImage: Society Social


parisian_blue_and_white_mini_pagoda_candleholderParisian Blue & White Mini Pagoda Candle Holder – $76 – SHIPS OUT SAME DAY!

palma-candleholder-in-matte-white-finish-1Palma Candleholder in Matte White – $322.50 – Free Shipping!

silverplated-candlestick-holdersReed & Barton Silver Plated Candlesticks – $150 – Free Shipping!

nickle-bamboo-candle-holderBamboo & Nickel Candlesticks – 3 Sizes Available – $60

porcelain_candle_jar_in_african_mango_1Porcelain Candle Jar in Tiger Lily – $40 – SHIPS SAME DAY!

7. Personalize it!

Last but certainly not least, add your own unique touch! Add a unique piece that expresses your personality, such as a family heirloom that means something to you, a vase you bought on an exotic trip, a clay bowl made by your favorite niece, etc. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you love 🙂

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