Have you always wanted to be able to style a magazine worthy coffee table but just didn’t know where to start? Maybe you have tried to replicate the looks you see on Pinterest and instead of a gorgeously styled coffee table, it ended up being a total fail. Well, today we are going to end all of that because I am going to show you how to style a coffee table and once we finish you will be able to pinpoint exactly what you need to create the perfectly styled coffee table!
One of the most important things to remember while decorating any area of your home is that nothing will look finished without layering. If there was one tip I could give and only one it would be layering. It is that final step that makes any space come to life. It doesn’t really matter what you do in a space if you skip this step it will never look complete.
Now you may be screaming at your computer or phone saying “but I don’t know how to layer”. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you how many times I have had someone say they don’t know how to decorate, but it’s a lot! The thing is most people have never really taken in the information available to them let alone tried to put it into practice. If you are anything like I used to be you may just be assuming you don’t know how. You may think that people are born with “the gift” and maybe some are but I can honestly say that I am not one of those people.
So what sets those who are born creative apart from those that believe they can’t? It is simply the willingness to learn. Just like when you were learning in school, you didn’t just automatically know how to read, did you? No, you had to be taught and you had to practice. So why should any of us expect to be good at something if we haven’t taken the time to learn?
My point is decorating or designing can most definitely be taught! It is not some magical power and it isn’t something you have to study for years upon years to master either. You simply have to want to learn and be willing to practice. So no, you may not know how to layer right at this moment but don’t worry we are going to go through it step by step and I will break each of the steps down so you are able to layer your coffee table with confidence or any area for that matter.
In our home, we are huge Ottoman junkies. We love coming home after a long day and being able to sink into the sofa and prop our feet up on a cushy ottoman. So if you also use an ottoman instead of a coffee table rest assure the same principles can be used for your favorite ottoman as well.
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Elements Needed To Style A Coffee Table
Base: Before you begin the styling process you always need a base to style. In this room, that base is going to be our coffee table or an ottoman. This is really a mere matter of preference. So whichever option you choose just make sure it fits well with the space. It is always great to mix things up, for instance, if you have round end tables you will want to add a square or rectangle coffee table and vice versa. You don’t want everything in the space to be the same shape.
Tray: For this step, you want to think about the room as a whole and what type of tray would look better, a metal tray such as brass or silver? Or maybe you need an added layer of texture, in that case, a woven basket option would be a great fit for the space. Whichever option you choose here just make sure it contrasts with the coffee table. So if you have a metal coffee table don’t also use a metal tray, you want to mix things up as much as possible because it adds dimension to
So if you have a metal coffee table don’t also use a metal tray, you want to mix things up as much as possible because it adds dimension to the space. Also, keep size in mind when purchasing, how big do you want the tray to be and how much of the table will it cover.
Books: Okay you have your tray, now it is time to start laying in pieces. Stack books in or beside the tray for an easy read when you’re lounging. Design coffee table books are perfect for this because they are usually very pretty to look at and if you are still in the learning process when it comes to decorating you can learn a lot in those extra minutes you spend on the couch. Depending on the size and depth of the tray you may only be able to add one book like I did above if you are able to add several great if not you can also stack them beside the tray and they will still look amazing.
Height: On this step, you want to add in height, you can either do this will as pretty vase of some sort or anything vertical. You just want something that will add height to the vignette and help the eye move so you aren’t just staring down at a bunch of horizontal items.
Greenery: No matter what you are styling whether it is a coffee table, nightstand, dresser or built-ins you want to make sure there is greenery of some form added. Greenery is a very important element to any vignette, it does not matter if it is alive or faux just make sure it is included. In the image, you see that I used a vase full of pink roses which added greenery along with a pop of color. You can purchase flowers at almost any supermarket and they don’t have to cost you a ton. These were $6.00 and I love replacing them every few weeks to make the house feel special.
Whimsy: This is the last step in creating a styled coffee table. This is the step that is often overlooked but it really shouldn’t be. Add in an object that is fun like an urchin, orb, or just an unexpected piece that is important to you. It can be placed in the tray or on top of the books. This piece adds a little something extra and makes the vignette look intentional. Our whimsy is this gorgeous DIY Wood Bead garland I made, I know it isn’t very whimsical but I love the gorgeous white tassels and it also adds another natural element.
At this point, you can stand back and check out your creation! There may need to be a few tweeks here and there, but for the most part you should have a beautiful coffee table vignette that finishes off the space. The amazing thing about this is you can literally use the same concept anywhere and achieve a finished look throughout your home. You don’t have to be afraid to try because this isn’t going to cost much and you probably have plenty of items on hand to test out your new skills.
Once I successfully created my first vignette I fell in love and since then I have spent hours finding little spaces in our home that need a little extra something. The cool thing is if you get bored and think your home needs an update try rearranging a few vignettes around the house and swapping things out. It is a great way to change up the look of any space without having to fork out any dough!