Looking for simple ideas on how to decorate a coffee table? You have come to the right post. I have 21 super simple ideas to share.
I know I’ve said this before.
But have you watched Grand Hotel? It’s on Netflix and it’s a mystery and a romance all rolled into one with Spanish subtitles and beautiful costumes and people with more issues than Vogue. I am almost done with all 65 episodes and I’m going to miss it.
I’m going to miss Andres and Cecilia and wondering if Belin will ever leave them alone and let them live happily ever after.
I’m going to miss wondering why Alicia and Julio can make out all over the place and Diego somehow NEVER notices.
I’m going to miss Inspector Ayala and Fernando and their never-ending quest for the truth.
But most of all?
I’m going to miss the scenery and the costumes the decor and feeling like I want to move back to 1907 and live in a hotel in the Spanish countryside.
Those Grand Hotel residents?
They knew how to rock a coffee table.
In honor of them, today is all about coffee tables and simple styling and ideas to make them prettier.
Here are 21 ideas on how to decorate a coffee table.
how to decorate a coffee table
1. Single low bowl with flowers
This post is going to be a lot like this is your life coffee table.
You’ll see the same coffee table styled different ways. When I looked back I couldn’t believe how many coffee tables I’ve styled and this coffee table is so simple and yet it’s one of my favorites.
You just take a low bowl, crisscross the top with scotch tape and fill it with water and flowers.
2. White tray with flowers
This is such an easy arrangement.
Take a white tray and place it in the center of the coffee table.
Add two different floral arrangements at different heights.
Place one additional accessory to make a grouping of three.
3. Tray with greenery
Same white tray with farmhouse styling.
Add a low grouping of vases and fill them with single boxwood cuttings from the yard.
Then stack books and add in metal spheres.
4. single vase of flowers
Same white tray decorated differently.
Take three books, stack them in varying directions.
Fill a single vase with two stems of flowers.
Then add another blue and white accessory for color.
5. White tray with greenery
Same white tray but with another idea.
Take a stack of books (books are your best friend when you are figuring out how to decorate your coffee table).
Add in three different greenery spheres of different sizes and shapes at different heights.
Place a small house (or another accessory) in the back and add one more accessory in the front.
6. White tray with single arrangement
Here we have the same tray with only one flower arrangement.
The flower arrangement is the highest.
Next, place another piece of whiteware and finally, finish the grouping of three with another accessory.
7. super simple arrangement
This arrangement is the easiest of all.
This table actually doesn’t need that much decor because the pattern of the rug shows through the glass top.
I just took the same white tray and added a small vase of flowers and one blue accessory.
8. Spring tulip arrangement
Place a tray in the center of the coffee table.
Add a large arrangement of tulips to one side.
Place two other accessories on the tray.
9. Metal tray and accessories
Start with a metal tray.
Stack three books on one side.
Next, add two different mini containers with greenery.
Stack plates under a cloche with another bit of greenery underneath.
10. metal tray with mixed metal accents
Same metal tray with a grouping of brass vases.
I stacked books for height and added three small vases filled with flowers.
Then I added another brass accessory to balance out the display.
11. Rustic spring arrangement
Using the same metal tray, stack books and fill a vase with fresh flowers.
Next, add a rustic pedestal and drape with wood beads.
Lastly, add a cloche with stacked plates and nest.
12. Textured summer arrangement
Start with a metal lantern and drape with wood beads.
Add a small bee skep and a rustic wood pedestal.
You could add greenery on top of the pedestal or another accessory like this wood box.
13. outdoor coffee table with floral arrangement
This is one of my favorite ways to arrange flowers.
Find a wood box and add glass bottles of different sizes.
Fill with floral stems for an instant centerpiece.
14. Simple white bowl filled with rustic accessories
When planning out decorating a coffee table? DO NOT overthink your coffee table arrangement.
Here, I started with a wide white decorative bowl.
Then I filled it with these rustic accessories.
So simple and so NOT overthinking it.
15. how to decorate a coffee table for fall
Looking for easy ideas on how to decorate a coffee table for fall?
This simple fall arrangement starts with these DIY floral pumpkins.
You can see how to make them here.
Just stack them on white covered books for a colorful fall display.
16. fall arrangement with dough bowl filled with pumpkins
This fall arrangement starts with a dough bowl.
I just filled the oversized dough bowl with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
17. fall arrangement with picture frame pedestals
If you don’t have pedestals you can make them.
Here I just glued picture frames to stacked napkin rings for a super simple DIY idea.
Stack them on books in a basket and add in wood beads and pumpkins.
18. how to decorate a coffee table for Christmas
Looking for ideas on how to decorate a coffee table for Christmas? Here’s the easiest of the easiest.
Just wrap your gifts early and stack them on your coffee table.
Then add ornaments to the top for a little Christmas fun.
19. Christmas arrangement with sleigh
Here’s another easy Christmas arrangement.
I just took the sleigh and filled it with red ornaments.
These are the ornaments you can get in different shapes and sizes and textures all in one container.
20. Christmas arrangement with wood bowl and greenery
This Christmas arrangement is so easy.
Just add a wood tray and a rustic bowl.
Then fill the bowl with greenery and woven accessories or ornaments.
21. Christmas arrangement with wood trees
Start with a wood tray.
Next, add two Christmas trees stacked on books to add height.
Then add a small snow globe to create a grouping of three.
That was a speed course on my coffee tables through the years.
Here are a few quick takeaways on how to decorate a coffee table:
- When you need height—stack books.
- When you need a base—add a tray or basket.
- When you need greenery—you can cut it from the yard.
- When you need accessories—you can shop your house.
DO NOT overthink your coffee table. Most of these displays are SUPER simple and not overworked. Sometimes a simple vase and a few well-placed accessories are all you need for coffee table success.
You GOT THIS FRIEND.
Because you (and your coffee table) are absolutely, positively, incredibly, awesomely…
You can see more coffee table ideas from some of my favorite friends.
Just click on the links below for more ideas and inspiration.
Maison de Cinq
Seeking Lavender Lane
Shades of Blue
The Basics of Coffee Table Styling
So Much Better with Age
Easy Formula for Coffee Table Styling
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