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  • Writer's picturePatricia Kraisman

How To Decorate A Coffee Table

Updated: Mar 3

Coffee Tables are a staple piece of furniture that can act as the key design element of almost every living room. With that kind of attention, they most certainly deserve some love when it comes to decor, and we want to walk you through specifically how to decorate a round coffee table (although most of these tips can adapt to most coffee table shapes).

Three Simple Steps:

We are firm believers that fresh greenery can make any space happier. So regardless of the type of greenery, head to your local market. Or, if you are lucky enough, your front or back yard. Adding height and color is key when creating an arrangement.

Also, queue the triangle shape for your table. You’ll see what I mean by step 3.

Coffee table books not only fill empty space but they are gorgeous when you have the right ones. Be sure to place them in the continual triangle form. This helps balance the round shape of the coffee table. A maximum of 2 - 3 should be good, you don’t need a tower of books.

“Add a simple layer” may seem vague, but this is where you get to be creative. A square tray is a good base for this step (again breaking up that circular shape), but what you add on top is where you can have some fun. Some beads. A new candle. A box with coasters (or to hide your remote control!). Other items to consider are small bowls, decorative stones, family mementos, and such.

As long as your three steps are placed in a ∇ shape. You will be good to go! This is most applicable on a round coffee table, but it can be modified for a square or rectangular coffee table too.

Using what you have around the house is always a great way to personalize your decor. But if you need assistance gathering the inspiration and styling the space, I am just a phone call or email away!


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