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Tips to Decorate a Coffee Table



Most of us own a coffee table; however, what is surprising is that it's one piece that I have the most difficulty styling. I researched and found a few staples for decorating rectangular and circular coffee tables that I hope give you inspiration today.


Focal Point


You want to create a focal point. If everything is some height and size, all the items will blend together, and nothing will get noticed. I suggest using a vase adding seasonal greeny or flowers. Vases with greenery or flowers are an excellent way to keep your table decorated for the season; and adds life to any space.


Picture by The Old River Nest


Picture by Pottery Barn


Provide Texture


You want to have find items with texture to add character in your design. So I added one vintage crock I received from my mother-in-law and one vase I bought at Target. To add asymmetry, place stems (seasonal) in one vase and leave one empty, an idea I obtained from Studio McGee. This helps to give height and interest to the table. I also added a pottery bowl and pine cones. Again adding texture and keeping with our winter decor.


Picture by The Old River Nest


Picture by Studio McGee


Create Sections


You don't want items to look like they are floating alone on the table. To avoid this, create sections. One way I create sections is with books. I LOVE coffee table books, and my favorite books are Pottery Barn design books I have bought from Half Price Books. But, don't leave the books all alone. Instead, find a decorative piece to put on the books. A few options I have used are wooden beads, a decorative magnifying glass, and a candle. This is also where you can add your personality to your decor. If you like a more vintage look, add an antique piece for the top of the books. If you have a glamorous style, add gold decor items or something shiny.



Picture by The Old River Nest



Picture by Studio McGee


Keep It Practical


Remember, coffee tables are in the most used spaces in your home, so don't fill them with items that you are not going to use or are impractical. You may also want to add a catch-all or coasters for everyday essentials that you may use, like remotes or reading glasses. Having a tray or basket on the table will help make it functional and not cluttered.



Picture by Pottery Barn

Picture by Pottery Barn

Picture by Pottery Barn


A Tip for Round Tables


Round tables are complex! I have had a lot of trouble in the past with finding decor for my round coffee table, but then I learned about creating a triangle to decorate round tables. Using this strategy really does help with decorating circular tables.




Picture by The Old River Nest

Picture by Studio McGee

Picture by Studio McGee

Picture by Studio McGee


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I hope today you can take away a few tips for decorating your own coffee table. If you use any of these strategies, please send me a picture on Instagram @theoldrivernest.



Happy Decorating,

amber :)

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