How To Decorate Coffee Table Display

Coffee tables are a decorating essential for any living room. They help set the general spacing of the room, as the sofa and chairs are generally displayed around them. Coffee tables are not only useful but they are the place where you can put decorative center-pieces and books. They serve as footstools, game areas and conversation starters. They can also be the focal point in a room. Here are some coffee table decorating basics to consider before you make your purchase. You want to accessorize it with a few items that look great and compliment the style of the room, but you don’t want it to be too crowded or obstruct anyone’s view. Like with any tablescape or display, you have to find the right balance of style, texture, and proportion.

Here are some tips and ideas for coffee table displays that will make the most of form, function and style.

Composition. This is the element that most people have trouble with. It’s not so much about the individual items you place on a table, but about the way they work together as a unit. The items should relate to each other either through color, style, or theme.


Use & Style. Before purchasing a coffee table, think about its purpose. Are you going to want a table with extra storage? Will it be in a room with a lot of traffic? Do you want a table that will last a long time or are you okay with a table that will last a few years? If you have children, you may want a table that is difficult to scratch. In addition, when shopping for a table keep in mind what room decorating ideas you’ve already implemented in your space. You will want a coffee table that matches the general style and decor of your living room.


Material. When choosing a material, go for something that you like and that matches your home decor. Wood tables are quite common and can be beautiful but if you are going for a more modern look, you may want a metal or glass table. If you are choosing a wood table, remember that hardwoods (like oak, walnut, maple etc) last longer than softwoods (pine, cedar). Metal tables made out of stainless steel are quite strong and durable. Glass tables are also a popular choice, especially for small rooms because they allow light to shine through, thereby creating a more spacious feel.


Balance and Size. It’s important to find balance in your display. You don’t want anything huge that will overwhelm the surface, nor do you want anything too small that will get lost. It’s also very important not to use anything too high. While it’s good to vary the heights of objects, make sure that nothing is so high it obstructs anyone’s view when they’re sitting around the table.


Shape. You will need to decide what shape coffee table you will choose. Rectangular and oval tables look good in smaller rooms whereas square and round tables are great for larger seating arrangements. Round and oval tables bring more flow to a room than rectangular or square ones, but the latter two provide more space on the table itself. Some people prefer round or oval tables if they have little children, as these tables lack sharp edges.


Coffee Table Display Tips and Ideas

– Books, flowers, and a decorative object are the usual pieces you’ll find on a coffee table. Feel free to use them. It’s hard to go wrong with the classics.

– A big bowl full of flowers is great for a coffee table. Place it off-center and then balance it on the other side with a stack of three or five books (use odd numbers when grouping like-items together because it’s more pleasing to the eye) and a decorative piece (a little sculpture, box, or other object).

– You can also use books as pedestals. If you have an item you want to display but it feels too small place it atop a stack of boxes. It adds height, and it the object is sculptural it will be a nice contrast with the streamlined books.

– It’s always nice to have a mix of items. Look at objects for their shape, size, color and texture and try to find a pleasing mix. For visual interest pair curved items with straight, shiny with dull, textured with smooth, and hard with soft (but don’t forget that they still need to relate to each other!).

– Try to include at least one really interesting or unusual item. This can be a favorite statue, vase, decorative box, or even a clear bowl filled with something like seashell, pinecones, or nuts (seasonal items are always great).

– Use a tray to corral smaller items. Trays are great because they add organization and focus.

– Try using items all one color but give it interest by varying either the shade or the texture.

– Try to avoid using things that don’t look good from all angles (such as a picture frame).

– Think about including a small decorative box to store remotes. It will look good and everyone will always know where to find them.

– Consider the style of the room. The objects should enhance the décor, not stand out like a sore thumb.

Whatever you do, don’t overcrowd the table. It still needs to be functional so there should be enough room to set down drinks, put up feet, or serve whatever purpose your household needs. Remember that displays are meant to enhance to look of a piece, but they shouldn’t overwhelm or hurt the piece’s functionality.

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