A coffee table is often the highlight of your living room, especially when we’re having guests over. That’s why you’ll want to make it chic and stylish. To make things simpler, we’ve gathered up the most unique and stylish coffee table decor ideas in 2021.
So take out a pen and paper and let’s begin!
Coffee Table Decor Tips
These ideas will help transform any area of your home into a cozy haven where your family and friends can gather.
1. Nature-Inspired Palette
To create a truly relaxing, easy-on-the-eye area where you’ll truly enjoy your morning coffee, rely on a palette inspired by the colors of nature.
For instance, a table in an earthy tone complemented by trays, vases, or other decorative pieces in turquoise, teal, or green nuances will look extremely soothing and pleasing. Pair this view with the smell of freshly made coffee and it’ll feel like a picnic.
Just make sure you keep the area clutter free and don’t overdo it with decorating.
2. Matching Side Table and Vases
We absolutely love the look of gentle-tone coffee tables with matching side tables and vases. By mixing and matching similar colors and patterns, you’ll get a uniform, harmonious aesthetic that will make the coffee table your favorite spot in your home.
3. Luxurious Glass Table
This year, we’re all about the glitz and glamor. Place a stunning glass coffee table as your room’s centerpiece for a luxurious look. Pair the table with minimalistic details such as tiny plants or table decor.
4. Playful Geometric Patterns
One of the biggest trends in interior design is geometrical shapes. The simplest, most effective way to welcome them into your room is with a rectangular coffee table, whether it be glass, wood, or a mix of both.
In case you’re a fan of the Moroccan style, you could introduce more geometric shapes and intricate details to your table setting but keep the coffee table itself neutral. This way, the aesthetic won’t be over the top and the focus will largely be on the decorative pieces.
If your living room is spacious, you can place two coffee tables close to one another for an even more interesting design.
5. Matching Colors
Place decor items on your coffee table that match the color of the surrounding decorative pieces. Decorate your coffee table with a lamp or a mini statue in a bright turquoise color that goes perfectly with the color of the carpet or of the throw pillows on your couch.
6. Bowls and Decorative Trays
To add a flair of contemporary simplicity to your living room, we recommend decorating your coffee table in a sleek, tasteful way. One easy way to do this is by putting beautiful ceramic bowls, clay planters, and decorative trays on display.
Bowls and trays are also very practical because you can keep tiny items in them, such as pens, notes, or anything your guests may need.
7. Wooden Tray on a White Table
If you’re looking for another expensive-looking yet simple idea, we recommend choosing a pure white or light-colored coffee table and placing a tray in the middle. Get a tray made from high-quality wood such as walnut, maple, mahogany, or birch for the best effect.
You can also accessorize with a beautiful potted indoor plant or a cute succulent.
8. The Key Is in the Details
If you’re really into DIY projects, consider getting your hands dirty with a bit of paint. Instead of buying a new table, take a plain coffee table and paint its legs a dark color if the top is light. If the table is a darker color, paint the legs a brighter color for contrast.
Just make sure you pay attention to how the new design blends in with the rest of the room. You can pair the coffee table with dark or white stools or planters for a mix-and-match vibe.
9. Cute Succulents
Succulents are the ideal decor item for your coffee table, and here’s why. Firstly, they’re easy to maintain. If you don’t have a green thumb and are worried about care, succulents are a good choice.
Also, they’re very affordable, so if you’re looking for decoration ideas on a budget, these plants are definitely a great option.
10. Strategic Positioning
Whether you have a high-end electric fireplace heater or the real thing, you’ll want to place your coffee table closer to it to create a cohesive look (but not too close). For an even warmer feeling, place two matching armchairs by the table.
As for tones, we suggest keeping things simple. Keep things monochromatic with a few decorative accents in gold or silver.
11. Play with the Light vs. Dark Color Scheme
A dark-colored coffee table will look great accessorized with items that are contrasting in color. For instance, a dark brown table would be very well complemented with light beige ceramics, trays, or candlestick holders.
By focusing on the light vs. dark color scheme, you’ll easily achieve a stunning farmhouse inspired aesthetic with a slightly urban twist. To further explore the farmhouse vibe, you can add wicker details such as baskets and planters.
12. Experiment with Size
Add a healthy dose of personality to your coffee table with extra large or extra-tiny decorative items. For example, if you have a smaller table, place a disproportionately big vase in the middle of a round coffee table to create a beautiful centerpiece.
For extra volume, place an entire bouquet inside, or perhaps a bunch of blooming branches. You can mix and match a big vase with a tiny candle box, your favorite book, or perhaps a smaller tray or two for a more striking contrast.
13. Luxurious Bubbly Station for the Holidays
Though they’re primarily meant for sipping coffee, that doesn’t mean you can’t also use these tables for having a fun drink or two with friends. We suggest placing your finest glassware on a gold or silver tray if you’re having guests over.
If you already have a dazzling table, it’s perfectly fine (not to say better) to keep the rest of the decor subtler or basic. For a touch of the holiday spirit, add magical natural Christmas decorations such as mini trees, clear glass ornaments, or a few pine cones.
14. Sophisticated Candlesticks
For this idea, you’ll need one, or even better, two candlesticks.
If you’re serious about the elegant, polished look, get some vintage candlesticks or candle holders in second-hand shops or antique stores. You can also easily find beautiful candle centerpieces online, or you can make your own.
We suggest you go with metal ones because they really bring out that special touch of finery.
15. Floral Design
Flowers can add a delicate touch to your coffee table, and they can make your space look more festive or brighter. If you’re going for the “soft look,” you can place a beautiful rosy bouquet in a plain white vase in the middle of your table.
You can also play around with flower arrangements that include tuberose, lily of the valley, or jasmine. These flower choices are excellent if you want to add a beautiful aroma to your room while sipping your coffee.
Whether it’s the rustic or the modern look that you’re trying to achieve, a coffee table can really be an aesthetic core of your room. Hopefully, thanks to these ideas, you already have a clear picture of how you want to decorate it and make your home even lovelier.
How do you accessorize a coffee table?
Accessorizing a coffee table is easy and rule-free. You can place decor plants, books, trays, or anything you’d like on it. The good news is that you can choose to go minimalistic or detail-heavy. It’s completely up to you!
How do you accessorize a rectangular coffee table?
With such tables, we suggest decor items of a similar geometric shape for a sleek look. If you’d like to introduce some contrast, you can mix and match round planters, random decor pieces, candles of different shapes and sizes, etc.
What should you display on a coffee table?
You can display anything you want on it. We recommend choosing items dear to your heart, like a family album or a framed family photo, favorite books, or souvenirs from friends.
You can also display random decorative objects like candles or miniature sculptures. A floral bouquet is another beautiful idea for a pop of color.
Really, there’s no end to coffee table decor ideas or rules about what will work best in your home. What you decide to put on display will depend solely on your taste and preferences.