Since launching decorating services, I've noticed a lot of what people ask me is about finishing touches. Things like accessorizing, filling a wall, styling shelves, etc. can be a challenge for all of us. It takes time, vision and creativity. So today I thought I would show you three ways to style a coffee table, and some tips and tricks along the way.
Look 1: Everyday Elegance
This is how our living room coffee table looks on a daily basis. It has some of my very favorite accessories on it - a gray wicker tray, a few large finials, a great faux topiary, and a large orb, to name a few. The look is cohesive, casual enough for everyday, but still feels pulled together.
Tips from this look:
- Use trays to corral items, create "sections" or elevate an object -
The large tray groups all my objects so they feel cohesive and collected. A smaller silver platter elevates a stack of photos to a place of prominence. Each defines a section of the coffee table.
- Give your guests something interesting to look at -
In this case, I had a set of my favorite Instagram snaps printed by Origrami. Everyone loves to look through these at parties and showers!
- Don't forget the basics -
Coasters and coffee table books are staples for a reason. Give your guests an obvious (and pretty) place to set their drinks, plus an interesting book to flip through.
- Display what you love -
These are a few of my favorite things, so it makes me happy looking at them each evening when we relax on the couch
- Add an interesting shape -
The metal orb adds curve and an industrial edge to the hard lines of the table, books and trays
Look 2: Organic
This look was a fun one to style because it came together a tiny bit more modern than I usually go. None of the elements in and of themselves is terribly modern, but the overall look feels updated and fresh.
Tips from this look:
- Use varying shapes and heights to add interest -
A long rectangle, octagon, sphere and lattice pattern are all shapes seen here. They play off one another to give the look depth. The varying heights of the objects also give dimension instead of leaving the decor feeling flat. Use books as risers to boost height if you need to.
- Bring nature in -
Here I simply trimmed branches from a tree in our yard for a pop of green and touch of nature. It gives the whole thing a more organic shape with the natural curve of the branches.
- Add varying textures -
In the world of textures, opposites usually work well together. Here the shiny sphere plays well against the wicker to create interest.
- Use organic materials -
Here a marble cutting board gives an natural and elegant touch. Marble, stone and wood all bring more organic elements into a look
Look 3: Farmhouse Fresh
This look took me the longest to pull together but ended up being my favorite. I had to pull lots of items from other rooms and vignettes, so it just shows it pays to think outside the box and shop your house!
Tips from this look:
- Use what you have -
I felt the wood dough bowl needed some additional weight, so I grabbed a hand towel from the guest bath. It's an unexpected addition but adds visual weight, pattern and softens all the wood.
- Create groupings -
The power of three in a vignette can't be beat. Here a pitcher, zinc cake stand and pumpkin combine together for the perfect fall farmhouse look.
- Choose a look -
For some reason, I had the word "farmhouse" in my head for a third style. While my overall decor doesn't scream "farmhouse" I knew I could pull a few specific items that fit that category. If you want to create a certain look like industrial, French, cottage, etc., choose only items that evoke that look on their own. When pulled together, they'll create quite a statement.
- Get creative -
Use architectural salvage in unique ways, such as corbels as bookends or an old shutter as a tray.
- Keep it simple -
In this look, there really aren't that many objects used. Stick with unique objects that tell a story and you won't need much.
It was so much fun to get creative with what I had and style our living room in new ways! Hopefully it sparked an idea and gave new inspiration for you too!