Behind The Scenes Of Coffee Table Styling – 3 Ways

Have you ever heard someone talk about coffee table styling? Let’s talk a little bit about this today!  It’s something that I love to do and have done for myself and styling jobs umpteen times over the years. It’s fun and possibly shouldn’t ever be taken super seriously!
The cool part about styling coffee tables is that there are so many options and ways to make it happen! From stacking objects to relocating to another portion of the room, coffee table styling can change the flow and look of a room almost instantly.

Behind The Scenes Of Coffee Table Styling – 3 Ways

I’ve been moving things around again and considering a swap out of the coffee table that is normally in our family room. This former store display table that I cut the legs off of and painted (around 15 years ago) with milk paint may be a bit too rustic for this room. I’m still deciding and will live with it for a few days to see. While it’s here I’ve been playing with arranging and it’s given me a nice topic of coffee table styling to talk about to you!

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I firmly believe that you don’t need to stick to labels in decorating your home or your fashion sensibilities. Do what you like and don’t be a strict trend follower. Do what you love! It’s more about creating a look that you like and not going overboard with it. In my own home(s) I practice what I preach and it works for me and my family.
Here are 3 ways that I styled the coffee table in the suggestion of three different style labels and some tips to styling YOUR best coffee table.
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  • There are some generic and quintessential aspects to any coffee table styling. Trays are probably the number one. Trays are a catch-all for stuff, a way to gather and make a table look chic.
  • Books or magazines in a nice stack are interesting in themselves and can give height to a vignette. When styling a coffee table setting with coffee table type books, I remove the paper covers which can look too shiny and sometimes ratty.
  • Keep it simple and edit when you think you are finished. Step back and look around from all directions. Don’t forget that a room is 3 dimensional and you want your table to look balanced from wherever you are in the room.
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French Country Modern Style Coffee Table Styling

Do you love a chic and modern look? This French Country Modern Style Coffee table may be perfect for your room.
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Give me a room with a gorgeous French country style that is updated to today’s times and I’m a happy camper who can move right in! Some of the key elements to this French modern style coffee table collection are coffee table books that imbue a French feel, a wicker try, enamelware, and white roses.

I’ve added a French ironstone compote with some fresh golden apples. It’s a simple way to add an autumn touch to a coffee table. Speaking of coffee…a vintage blue and white coffee cup is on the table and I’m actually sitting and sipping at the moment.

Don’t forget…Rooms are meant to be lived in and coffee is meant to be on a COFFEE TABLE!


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Other items to add for a French Country Look

What else can you add for a French country look? How about some mercury glass (like my old French hearts), a piece of zinc or tin or some bottles or boxes with French labels. Take a look at the posts under FRENCH STYLE for lots and lots of ideas!

Coastal Chic Style Coffee Table Styling

Love the beach look and feel? You need to incorporate Coastal Chic into your home asap.

coastal decor for your coffee table

I live on the coast, so it’s only natural for me to mix in coastal styling to every room. A coffee table should pretty much always have a tray to keep things neat. This one has a lined surface that is the color of the sea. You could easily reproduce a similar effect on a thrift store tray by adding art papers glued on and coated with Mod Podge.

A stack of old books with aqua covers, an oversized seashell a glass jug with palm leaves clipped from the garden, vintage aqua bottles and candles make for a true beach coastal table vignette.

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Other options? Coral or reproduction coral, simple sand or shell filled containers from your summer vacation are great.  Or even some quirky little travel mementos that you hold dear. I talked about painting jars in THIS POST if you don’t have anything old on hand. Check out the posts from our BEACH HOME for more styling suggestions too.

Modern Bohemian Look Coffee Table Styling

Channel your inner bohemian with these fun coffee table styling decor options!

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With a few easy pieces from my daughter’s collection in her room at the house, I was able to create a modern boho coffee table styling in mere minutes. Having a neutral background with my white walls and neutral furniture makes it easy to do ANY look du jour!

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A streamlined white serving tray with a succulent in a modern pot is great. Add in a grey Buddha figurine, white candles, a cactus, and an amethyst geode for even more fun. They key to success with trends is to use inexpensive elements like plants and reproduction and mix and mingle with what you already own. Thrift finds are great, too!

So, there you have it! I’d love to hear your thoughts or comments on how you style YOUR coffee table and if this helped you with some ideas!

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  1. Great tips! I need to re-style our coffee table while keeping it kid-proof, LOL! Think I’ll stop at a home decor store today and pick up some new accessories.