Featuring a new, empty coffee table in the middle of your living room is like an art gallery throwing an extravagant event just to showcase a blank canvas. You know something is supposed to go on top of your new coffee table, you just have no idea what that something is. You have a grand vision of featuring items that complement your home’s décor, that entertain your guests, and that communicate something about you and your personal style. You want to do so much, but you only have this tiny, coffee table-sized space to express yourself. Have no fear new coffee table owners, AllModern is here! We have a simple (yet thorough) three-step process to decorate your new coffee table, with plenty of examples and pictures to guide you along the way. By the time you’re through reading this, you’ll have a far better idea what and how to personalize your coffee table.
While the living room is probably where you’ll spend the majority of time with guests, friends, and relatives, at the end of the day it is your living room. Your coffee table décor should strike a balance between showcasing pieces that serve to interest and engage your guests with pieces that are personally meaningful and useful. To do just that, we’ve come up with a list of style elements you can borrow and adapt for your own living room.
Consider which elements you might like to incorporate into your own tabletop décor and what pieces you have in mind or already own that you can do so with. As you start conceptualizing actual pieces to use on your own coffee table, make sure to think of pieces with contrasting heights, colors, textures, layers, and levels.
Incorporating an intellectual or creative element into your coffee table decor is the perfect way to create an attention-grabbing conversation starter for you and your guests. Oftentimes, the first thing that comes to mind when people think of an intellectual display on a coffee table is a coffee table book, but there are tons of other unique options you can feature instead of a book. If you’re drawing a blank right now and just don’t think you have something that fits that description, think again! Consider the interesting pieces you’ve accumulated over the years, be it from a foreign country you traveled to, a creative symbol you find especially profound, or a family heirloom with a storied past. We all have pieces from our past that would both look great featured in our home and act as the perfect focal point for interesting, meaningful conversations.