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 12 chic ways to add some extra flair to your coffee table design.
GO FOR ONE STATEMENT PIECE
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 favourite blooms is sometimes all that’s needed to complete a living room design.
WEAVE IN A SENTIMENTAL ITEM
Whether it’s a family heirloom or a ceramic that you’ve treasured for years, incorporating a sentimental element into your coffee table design adds a special touch. Plus, it’s the perfect conversation starter, which is necessary for every interior.
ADD AN AIR OF MYSTERY
A brass cloche is the singular (and somewhat mysterious) piece of coffee table design in the living room of designer Shawn Anderson’s country-meets-gothic farmhouse in Memphis.
STICK TO A SINGLE COLOUR
The circa-1950 Sphere cocktail table and lamp in this Buenos Aires living room are by Jean Royère. A simple white bowl and blooms add to the room’s monochromatic palette.
GO MINIMALIST WHEN FURNITURE’S HEAVY
Designer Shawn Henderson pared down the coffee table design in the living room of this Montana mountain home. The custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by Seguso, the 1955 chandelier is by FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray.
ADD SOME HEIGHT
A feathery arrangement keeps the vibe of this family room nook cosy while adding height and drawing the eye up to the artwork by Zipora Fried. The custom sectional is covered in Great Plains and Donghia fabrics, the cocktail table by Daniel Scuderi and the chandelier by Trans-Luxe are both custom, the Ecart International sconces are from Ralph Pucci, the curtains are of a Stark fabric, and the carpet is by Tai Ping; the walls are in a Dualoy leather, the ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Bison Brown.
CREATE LEVELS OF INTEREST
A tri-level coffee table sets the stage for drama in this Chicago living room. The custom sofa, in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a Dedar fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in Arabel fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by Seguso, the 1955 chandelier is by FontanaArte, the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray.
CHOOSE A STATEMENT TABLE
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 West Elm. On top, you’ll find an array of stylish books, fresh flowers, and chic trinkets.
DON’T FORGET FLOWERS
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!
DUST OFF YOUR RETRO FINDS
In Ibiza, this living room is outfitted with a mirrored 1980s coffee table. The ceramic tiles reflect off the centrepiece creating a psychedelic effect.
DON’T GO OVERBOARD
In the living room of a Paris apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot, the black and white cocktail table by Hagit Pincovici is a nod to the grey found throughout the rest of the room. To let the piece shine, tabletop accessories are limited to candlesticks and a decorative sculpture.
LIGHT IT UP
A duo of candelabras ties this living room’s gold elements together in glamorous harmony. The sofa from designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s collection for Baker is in a Martyn Thompson Studio fabric, the 1930s Jindrich Halabala chairs are in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, the vintage cocktail table is by Paul Frankl, and the gold side table is by Hervé Van der Straeten; the 1920s bronze-and-alabaster chandelier once hung in the Villa Kerylos in France, the indoor-outdoor rug is by Galerie Diurne, the artwork is by Franz Kline, and the shelf holds a Roger Desserprit sculpture (centre) and a French 1940s lamp.
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