Have you ever looked at your coffee table and wondered what to do with it? It’s a large flat surface that looks like it’s begging to be decorated, but sometimes it’s tricky to figure out what to place on it and where to place it! So here are some tips and ideas to get you started.
When it comes to styling a coffee table, there are four basic approaches you can take depending on your functional needs and decorating style:
1. The four corners. Create small groupings of objects in each of the four corners of the table with equal visual weight given to each grouping.
2. Long and linear. Go with a simple, streamlined look that runs lengthwise down the center of the table (with a larger grouping in the center flanked by two smaller groupings).
3. The contained grouping. Place a display of objects or vignette on a larger, flat object (such as a tray).
4. The center of attention. Pick one large, eye-catching display in the center of the table as your statement piece.
Which approach you take really depends on how you use your coffee table and what you want to display, but it also depends on the coffee table itself. When you think coffee table the first thing that probably pops into your mind is a wood or glass-top table, but in reality, if the height and size are right for the room, almost anything can function as a coffee table, like old trunks, lidded baskets, industrial carts, and one of my favorites, the tufted ottoman.
I love a tufted ottoman because of the detail and softness it brings to a room, plus, in a pinch, you can always pull it up as extra seating for a gathering; however, when working with a tufted ottoman as a coffee table, you need to take into account the fact that the surface isn’t flat and many decorative items won’t balance. As such, when using an ottoman, my favorite method of styling a coffee table is the contained grouping, which provides a solid, flat surface on which to place items, ensuring that they are stable.
I recently redecorated my living room using these fun finds!
A departure from my usual blue accent color, I just couldn’t resist this Apple Green Marcelle Tufted Ottoman when I saw it! The color is actually a very refined, classic green that works almost like a neutral because it complements the natural greenery in my home. And who says you can’t put an accent rug on top of wall-to-wall carpet? I’ve had my deep brown Brazilian Cowhide Rug for quite a while now and I love the layered look on my floor.
While I could have used a tray, basket, or even a large book as the base of my grouping, I opted to use this great Scalloped Trencher Cutting Board. The nice thing about using a cutting board as a tray is that it’s food safe and I can serve finger foods directly on it. Plus, the cutting board has indented handles underneath, making it easy to move and carry.
In general, groupings tend to look best in odd numbers, so I created a grouping of three objects. My anchor object for the vignette is the Wood Base Hurricane Candle Holder. Instead of using it as a candle holder, I’ve used it as a vase by simply removing the metal plate that was in the bottom and filling it with Mini River Rock Vase Filler and some flowering branches from a tree in the yard.
The second object in my grouping is the Neroli Petals Glass Apothecary Jar Candle, which smells amazing and maintains the natural color palette used in the vignette. And finally, I added a small White Oval Serving Bowl filled with pistachios for guests to munch on.
To give a little height to the candle, I’ve placed it on some vintage books. I like the look of contrasting textures and styles so I think nothing of mixing vintage books with a faux pearl necklace (that I use as a bookmark).
While I’m sure drinks would be okay to place directly on the cutting board, I’ve included these cute Monogrammed Jute Coasters not only for use on the ottoman, but also on the other side tables in the room.
Grouping items together on a tray, basket or even a cutting board is an easy way to create a display, while still making it very easy to move everything if you want to use the ottoman for seating.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret. See the pillow on the chair in the background? That’s actually the Bliss Paisley Sculpted Hand Towel that I’ve simply wrapped around an existing pillow and secured with velcro. I’m a big fan of changing up the look of plain pillows by using ribbon, scraps of fabric, and yes, even hand towels!
Please be sure to stop by my blog, Tidbits&Twine, to see more of my home and for lots of decorating tips and inspiration!