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How to Decorate a Coffee Table

The coffee table often falls in the center of the room, making it a focal point in your space. It's also right in the middle of the area where people tend to gather since it's likely placed in a location that's accessible from your sofas, loveseats and chairs. That means it's something you and your guests will be seeing a lot.

Decorating a coffee table the right way can transform your room instantly. Use these tips from west elm to make your coffee table stand out.

Box Frame Coffee Table - Raw Mango

Make Room for Open Space

Decorative items are a lot of fun for people to work with and if you've got a keen eye or a growing collection of objects you want to display, decorating your coffee table can seem like a breeze. A big part of decorating a coffee table is knowing when your look is complete. When it comes to your coffee table, open space helps your decorative items be seen and enjoyed.

Remember that your coffee table is a place where literal cups of coffee may need to go when you're entertaining guests, too. Leave room for them, as well as dry snacks, by filling up no more than two-thirds of the space on your table. This is especially important if you're in a room where you regularly entertain visitors.

Make Coasters Part of Your Furnishings

Cups of coffee, tumblers of tea and old-fashioned glasses can have a home on your coffee table if you leave room. To avoid marking your table, coasters are essential. They can also be used to bring unexpected patterns and designs to your coffee table like stripes, geometric prints or splashes of unique color.

Coasters in small trays are easy to organize, but a simple stack should suffice if you find something you love that doesn't come with one. Just make sure you leave those coasters out and visible to enhance your furnishings and protect your coffee table.

Offer Entertainment

Your coffee table is an excellent place to put your cup of coffee down, but in most homes, it often does double-duty. Along with a little bit of open space for drinks and snacks, items that are interesting to you and your guests - such as books - are a smart choice. You can pick whatever books or magazines you like, but choices that people can thumb through are generally a better pick. When selecting books for your coffee table, opt for those that feature cover art and images that match your color scheme to tie everything together.

In general, a book about modern art with large, hi-res images generally makes a more enticing coffee table book than a novel, no matter how good the writing inside may be.

Don't Forget the Flowers

Flowers can beautify almost any space, but on something as compact as a coffee table, they can make a dramatic statement. While fresh flowers are lovely, they may be a little too much upkeep for some people. If you fall into that group, consider high-quality silk flowers that look impeccable but don't require regular replacement and water.

Best of all, silk flowers are always the perfect color and height for your coffee table no matter what time of year it is!

The Bouqs Co. Bouquet - Dreamy

Vary Your Heights

A few large coffee table books, a stack of coasters and a small vase with flowers all have one thing in common: they're all about the same height, give or take a few inches. When it comes to a well-defined coffee table where your accessories can stand out, mixing and matching heights is essential. Go for a taller flower vase for more elevation, or use boxed succulents with a large stack of books. Varying your heights will make decorative items feel less like clutter and more like intentional design.

Use Trays to Stay Organized

If your coffee table is in the family room or the main living room, you’ll need to take steps to keep it tidy. One of the best options is to use trays on your coffee table to keep decorative items in a general location all the time. Although this works especially well for large coffee tables, even smaller versions can benefit from scaled-down trays. Trays also help you mix and match your heights while breaking up the flat surface of your coffee table from a visual perspective.

Getting your coffee table in tip-top shape is something you can handle. Whether you're shopping for decorative items or you're trying to bring a cluttered coffee table back down to earth, these tips can guide you through the process.

Whatever your style, remember to have fun and express your unique tastes. Sometimes a touch of the unexpected is what makes a coffee table truly spectacular.

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