Monday, September 5, 2016

How To Style Coffee Tables Tips & Ideas

Now that we are turning the corner to fall, it seems like we are all in the process of reinventing and redoing all of our decor.  Sometimes tables-tops and vignettes can be the hardest part of decorating.  Here is another repeat that has been pinned a gazillion times lately.  I think one of the hardest surfaces in our homes to decorate is the coffee table.  It has to function and we still want it to look pretty.  Here are a few tips and ideas on how to tie it in with the rest of your decor.  I've added a few of my newest pinned ones too.

I  find that I get in a rut and use the same accessories over and over again.  I have a lot of stuff in my stash, so I need to use it or purge it.

I went through my archives to find a few different arrangements I have used for my coffee tables.  It's nice to refresh my memory and see how a few of my accessories work in different ways.

My coffee table in the family room is square, and that can be a problem.  I always feel like all 4 squares of the table need to have something on it.  I love this table, it has 4 stools that store underneath and are fabulous when an extra seat is required, plus the rush tops of the stools are so pretty to see through the glass.  

However with all this going on, putting something on top of the table can be a challenge.

I love using trays to create a story.  This also gives me the opportunity to add some shine or color to the table in a subtle way.  Trays are a great way to make a few diverse pieces look cohesive.

Plants add life to any decor.  I love to use books too and these add some color interest.  Globes, statues and boxes are also interesting on tables.

 This is another use of a plant to give the table some life.  Ivy's in small pots work great in so many places.  Stack some fun accessories on top of books too for added interest and detail.

Tie it together with the horse statue, ivy and earthy candles and it fits in with the decor on the sofa.    You can group just about anything together to create a theme if you repeat the feel of a few of your items.

Flowers and a few finials are classic.

My living room coffee table is a drop leaf oval and is a little more formal, but I use the same ideas in here too.

Books, plants and flowers.  Do several stacks of books and display boxes and flowers on top of them.  

Since my table is dark I like to brighten it up with lighter accessories.  A white tray holds plants, books and orbs.  Glass candlesticks add sparkle and elegance to any table.  Brass would look fabulous in this arrangement too.

An Orchid is classic for any season.  Just change out the pillows and it could be fall.

A hurricane filled with one very large candle can become a show stopper.

Add a few feathers to your bouquet and it ties into your jungle theme pillows.

One pretty statue such as this swan sets the tone for spring or summer and a little ivy is a great space filler and background for the swan.  You could use a different statue and suddenly it would look like fall.

Whether you go simple or elaborate, rustic or elegant, it is always so fun to let your personality shine with your accessories.  I think this is what makes your home "you".

Be sure to get all your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

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  1. Great tips! I also like the texture of your stools showing through the glass table.

  2. Where did you get the turtle shell?

  3. I would just like to tell you that I really enjoy all your projects and ideas for making your home so pleasant.

  4. Some great inspiration here. Thank you. This is an area where we all struggle from time to time as we look for ways to change it up with the seasons or just freshen up a tired look.

  5. Thank you, Marty! Great styling tips! Pam @ Everyday Living

  6. And you do it so well! I have a whole Pinterest board on coffee table styling.

  7. You are the queen of vignettes! I love all of the elements you mix together for a fabulous look! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Beautiful ideas Marty. I love them all. I agree with Becca you are the queen of vignettes. Love that Dalmatian with the red books. Happy Labor Day.

  9. Marty,
    Gorgeous coffee table styling, dear friend!
    I have a square coffee table in the lower level Family Room.
    I usually style the center and leave the outer edges for placing drinks.
    I love your use of trays!
    Thank you for showing your wonderfully designed vignettes!

  10. Love these tips Marty, I am sharing this on my FB today. I hope it brings you some new traffic and new friends! My way of saying thanks for when I first got started years ago and the blogging friendship you give to all of us!

  11. I love using trays, flowers & candles as well. I try to make my coffee table look as inviting as possible. I really love that swan, how beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Dishing It & Digging It!

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