A stylish coffee table will always catch eyes and turn heads. The more you look, the more you’ll see. It’s only after you’ve spent time looking that you truly realize the effort behind putting the table together. Ideally, the most visually appealing coffee tables have a combination of books, plants, magazines, and other objects in monochromatic color schemes. But just seeing the final product can be deceiving because it may seem like it’s easy to replicate. And while you can easily replicate particular things, you always want to add a touch of your own taste to make it unique. I’ve listed the essentials that every coffee table usually has below. If there is something you definitely don’t want on the table, be sure to replace it with something else. Lastly, prior to picking and purchasing items for table, think about your goal and the look you’re going for. Is it hectic? Is it simple? Is it colorful? Is it going to be more functional or more pretty?
Coffee table Books
What would a coffee table be without books? Books are the easiest and best way to incorporate color, style, and taste. Whether you’re picking solely on color or on your favorite artists/authors, we’ve written a post on the best 50+ coffee table books in case you need help choosing some. I’ve attached it here. Some other tips: try to collect books in a common theme (fashion, landscapes, décor) & color, if you plan on stacking, stack the largest book on the bottom and the smallest on top, stick to an odd number of grouping, and layer it up by adding accessories on top of your books.
Coffee Table Trays
Trays are great for organization, especially if you have a large coffee table with a lot going on. If you want to have your remotes, candles, or coasters on your coffee table, it can look quite messy if not placed in a tray. Trays can also be used as a statement piece if you pick an electric color or pattern. Finally, you can build an aesthetic with a tray if you decide to place books in the tray and match the color of your books with the color of your tray.
West Elm trays – Prices vary
Saks Fifth Avenue trays – Prices vary
Neiman Marcus trays – Prices vary
Cb2 trays – Prices vary
Coffee Table Plants/Flowers
Bring the outside in and incorporate plants/flowers onto your coffee table. Not only will they purify your air, but they’ll make for quite the statement piece (depending on the plant/flower you pick) and they’ll add that pop of color you need. I’ve done a post on plants which I’ve attached here if you aren’t sure of the exact kind you want. Some people like to put succulents such as cactuses, jade plants & aloe vera while others prefer statement plants/flowers such as orchids, cherry blossoms, or eucalyptus branches. It’s completely up to you!
Random Objects Of Your Choosing
Random objects elevate the accessories that you already have on your table. They’re like the cherry on top. I recommend getting super creative with your random objects. I’ve always thought of them as a reflection of my personal tastes. So, when it comes to picking them, think about tangible things that describe you and the things you like.
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