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How to Decorate a Coffee Table

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A wooden coffee table with a wicker serving tray, a plant, and a collection of candles.

The right coffee table can bring your living room together, adding functionality and style. But if you really want to get the full benefits of that new piece, it is important to decorate it, too. 

Decorating coffee tables, dining room tables, and other furnishings often comes down to 2 key principles: keep clutter to a minimum and use a thoughtful design. It is important to consider how you want your living room to look and how you want people to spend time there. 

Here are a few suggestions to follow when you are choosing coffee table decor:

  • Create a central focal point for your living room.
  • Create a vignette that highlights your style.
  • Create a gathering place for friends and family.
  • Create a personal statement with unique decor.

There is no best way to decorate pieces like a coffee table or other accent pieces in your living room—the decorations you choose may vary based on your personal style, the shape of your furnishings, and the rest of the decor in your living room. 

Speaking with someone who knows a lot about furnishings in Calgary can be helpful for deciding not only how to decorate your coffee table and how to protect and care for it. 

Tips for Decorating Your Coffee Table

The following 4 strategies are a starting point for you to think about your coffee table decor. You can follow them closely, mix them, or experiment with them until you find something you truly love. 

No matter which style you choose, it is important to choose decor that will not harm your coffee table. For example, if you have a solid wood coffee table, avoid materials like plastic and rubber that can bleed into the wood.

Choose decorations that can help protect your coffee table, like a set of stylish coasters. Moisture can leave rings on coffee tables and cause more problems for pieces made of solid wood. When you invest in a fantastic piece for your living room, it is worth protecting it to help it remain beautiful. 

Create a Focal Point

Creating a focal point is all about making your coffee table the centrepiece of your living room. This decoration strategy could be the right choice if you want your coffee table to stand out. 

Selecting one eye-catching piece of decor and placing it in the middle of the table is often a great way to draw more attention where you want it. Choose a piece of decor that highlights the appearance of your coffee table or something that creates contrast. 

Some of the options we recommend include:

  • Plants and flower vases
  • Statuettes
  • A bowl of fruit
  • A set of candles
  • A serving tray with a tea set 
  • A decorative incense display
  • A small zen garden

Create a Vignette

A vignette is a small group of distinct decorative objects. Creating a vignette on a coffee table can add balance to the overall design of your living room when you choose pieces that match the greater aesthetic of the room. A vignette can also bring more focus to your coffee table, especially if you choose decor that stands out. 

One easy way to create a vignette is by combining 3 unique pieces of decor that complement each other, your room design, and your table. It is common to arrange a vignette in a straight line, but you can experiment with the placement of your decorations based on the shape of your table. 

Create a Gathering Place

For many homes in Calgary, the living room is where people spend time together. If that is the case for your home, you may want decorations focused on creating a meaningful gathering place. 

Use books, games, interactive toys, and other fun objects to create a place where guests are drawn to relax and spend time together. 

For coffee tables where games will be played, it can be helpful to choose a neutral, clean decor style that does not take up too much space so there is plenty of room for game boards and pieces. 

A group of people playing Jenga while sitting around a coffee table.

Create a Personal Statement

Creating a personal statement is all about choosing decor that reflects your personality and your home’s atmosphere. Your living room’s personal statement might start with the type of coffee table you choose, and it can continue with the decor you select. 

Some common statement pieces for coffee table decor include eye-catching modern art pieces, greenery and other plants, and cherished family heirlooms like picture frames and photo albums. 

Even a thoughtful selection of coffee table books can say something about who you are and what kind of space you want to create for your living room. 

How to Find the Right Coffee Table for Your Living Room

There are several key details you should consider when you look for a coffee table, including:

  • Your living room layout
  • Your existing furnishings
  • Your functional needs
  • The material that will work best for you

Solid wood is often a wonderful choice for coffee tables because it is relatively easy to maintain and can last for many years. A custom solid wood piece can also be created to your specifications to get the perfect coffee table for your living room’s style and your personal needs. 

Find a Coffee Table You Love

At Birchwood Furniture, we love helping Calgarians find furnishings that suit their unique homes. We can help you explore your options and match you with a custom coffee table for your living room. 

Visit us to discover solid wood furnishings made from local materials for homes in Calgary. 

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