While a combination of flowers, books, and trays is a timeless way to style a coffee table, there's no reason not to experiment with more creative ideas. Here, we highlight 35 chic ways to add some extra flair to your coffee table.
When you're aiming to showcase a significant amount of accessories, a coffee table with a glass top can provide balance. It doesn't take up as much visual space as an all-wood design, for instance, and it keeps the focus on your display.
If the idea of mixing decorative objects, flowers, and books really isn't your style, opt for one statement piece that reflects your personality. An eye-catching sculptural item or vase with your favorite blooms is sometimes all that's needed to complete a living room design.
Whether it's a family heirloom or a ceramic that you've treasured for years, incorporating a sentimental element into your coffee table decor adds a special touch. Plus, it's the perfect conversation starter, which is necessary for every interior.
A brass cloche is the singular (and somewhat mysterious) piece of coffee table decor in the living room of designer Shawn Anderson's country-meets-gothic farmhouse in Memphis.
The circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp in this Buenos Aires living room are by . A simple white bowl and blooms add to the room's monochromatic palette.
A duo of candelabras tie this living room's gold elements together in glamorous harmony. The sofa from designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s collection for is in a fabric, the 1930s chairs are in a fabric, the vintage cocktail table is by , and the gold side table is by ; the 1920s bronze-and-alabaster chandelier once hung in the Villa Kerylos in France, the indoor-outdoor rug is by , the artwork is by , and the shelf holds a sculpture (center) and a French 1940s lamp.
Designer Shawn Henderson pared down the coffee table decor in the living room of this Montana mountain home. The custom sofa, in a fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by , the 1955 chandelier is by , the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in ’s Stonington Gray.
A feathery arrangement keeps the vibe of this family room nook cozy, while adding height and drawing the eye up to the artwork by . The custom sectional is covered in and fabrics, the cocktail table by and the chandelier by are both custom, the sconces are from , the curtains are of a fabric, and the carpet is by ; the walls are in a leather, the ceiling is painted in ’s Bison Brown.
A bust sits on the coffee table from India in the living room of designer John Robshaw's Connecticut home. The living room sofa and its fabric are by John Robshaw for Duralee; the armchair, custom banquettes, and bone-inlay side table are all Robshaw designs.
The cocktail table inside designer Rela Gleason's San Miguel de Allende home is an inverted polished tree stump, a stone mill wheel serves as a side table. A ceramic vase and a leather-bound book keep the look classic.
A tri-level coffee table sets the stage for drama in this Chicago living room. The custom sofa, in a fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by , the 1955 chandelier is by , the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in ’s Stonington Gray.
If your table makes a statement on its own, whatever you place on top of it is just a bonus! Inside a PR maven's New York City home, the coffee table and floor lamp are by . On top you'll find an array stylish books, fresh flowers, and chic trinkets.
The sleek living room of a Manhattan apartment designed by has two separate sitting areas and tables of various sizes throughout. The glass cocktail table by is filled with feathers, the round side table is by , the lamp on it is by and the custom rug is by .
In the living room of a weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York, designed by , the cocktail table is by and is topped with several vases and trays. The petite Thebes-style caned stools that accompany it are vintage.
This country house in southeastern Uruguay, which was built on the remains of an 1810 roadside general store, defies all design conventions. In the living room, they've even opted for a vintage side table from France instead of a coffee table. A single vase full of wildflowers draws the eye inside the stylishly stark room.
Give your ottoman a makeover by styling a tray on top of it, creating the perfect place to display flowers, candles, and books, like in this Greenwich Village penthouse.
Adorn your glass coffee table with fresh flowers for instant styling. Add a few stacks of books and personal objects for an eclectic touch, like in this upstate New York home. Fin!
Stack books on your cocktail table as a foundation for your collection of eclectic knickknacks. In an apartment on New York City's Sutton Place, trinkets and miniature sculptures give the living room a chic but eclectic vibe.
In the New York living room of hotelier Ian Schrager's apartment, two long tables divide the couches. The visual illusion itself is the decorative piece — simple and effective.
In the living room of antiques dealer John Pope’s Charleston, South Carolina apartment, the statement red cocktail table was found at auction. It is topped with meticulously stacked sets of books and a sprinkling of trinkets that ensure the colorful table is still visible.
In Ibiza, this living room is outfitted with a mirrored 1980s coffee table. The ceramic tiles reflect off the centerpiece creating a psychedelic effect.
The cocktail table in a Charleston, South Carolina sitting room was made out of a floor grate from the owner's great-grandparents’ Missouri home.
The coffee table in interior designer William McClure's former Birmingham, Alabama living room is not only a perch or books, candles and flowers, but a stash spot for throw pillows, which are placed underneath.
In the game room of a Los Angles home, the coffee table is made from a circa-1880 slate slab and is the perfect height for playing board games.
In the living room of a Paris apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, the black and white cocktail table by Hagit Pincovici is nod to the gray found throughout the rest of the room. To let the piece shine, tabletop accessories are limited to candlesticks and a decorative sculpture.
If you're a fan of nautical decor, bring it to your coffee table design. This wicker table fits in perfectly with the coastal decor of the space.
In the living area of interior designer Kimille Taylor’s Upper West Side apartment, the center table is topped with a sparse selection of books and flowers (of course), allowing for the dazzling yellow table to shine for itself.
It's a no-brainer that trays are an excellent way to stylishly organize a tabletop. In a rustic barn in Amagansett, NY, a wicker tray breaks up the coffee table, and can also be used to serve food and drinks when needed.
In an upstate New York house, the family room is anchored by a cocktail table by from . The table is decorated with dramatic sculptures in hues similar to the rest of the room's neutral decor.
A low, natural coffee table adds charm to the living room of a Los Angles Farmhouse. As an alternative to flowers, the table is topped with a terracotta vase filled with lush greenery.
In a Manhattan home library, the Mattia Bonetti coffee table is custom-made. The unique table legs easily make it the focal point of the room without competing against the classic coffee table accoutrements like a vase full or orchids.
A two-tier coffee table offers even more room to show off your favorite accessories. Here, lacquered boxes and fresh flowers match the room's warm orange-and-brown palette, enhancing the vibrancy of the stylish space.