Hello, and welcome to Project Design: How To Style Your Coffee Table! We have regulars, Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyle, Annie from Most Lovely Things and four other super stylish bloggers, Sherry from Design Indulgence, Kris from Driven by Decor, Kim from Northern California Style and Pam from Simple Details. These ladies give us the advice to get the best look for your coffee table! Their links are at the end of this post.
This is my coffee table in San Francisco and…
Here are my five basic steps to style coffee tables (mixing high and low-end accessories):
But first, I recommend that you totally clear off your coffee table and put accessories that you are considering in one place like on your dining room table or floor. That’s what I did and it allowed me to come up with two different looks. In my case, I can’t have anything too high that blocks the television view.
Black and White Coffee Table Version
The top tray came from HomeGoods (I always check for trays when I am there) and the large bottom tray came from West Elm.
Art, Design, photo and Travel books are great.
Here we have Trader Joe’s tulips in a Pottery Barn Jug with a bowl of pistachio nuts.
Blue, White, and Fresh Fruit Coffee Table Version
Here’s my second example after I cleared the table again…
The Astier de Villate French white platter was a birthday gift from two sweet friends. So many uses for it! The bamboo tray was another HomeGoods find from several years ago. It moves all around our house.
I brought in hydrangeas and fresh oranges…a healthy snack.
Funny that the black box made it into both renditions. I also added a marble tray that I love from HomeGoods.
I put a smaller scented candle in a blue bowl to give it more weight.
To Recap: Five Basic Steps To Style Your Coffee Table
Tray: from places like West Elm or HomeGoods
Books: Your favorite pretty books or photo books like from Shutterfly
Fresh: flowers, plants, branches, fruit or nuts
Interesting: something collected like a box, plate or bowl
Candle: fragrant or unscented but something to add ambiance
Now check out what these experts recommend: