Coffee table makeover

Simple tips from an interior designer for a beautiful and functional display.

A coffee table can be the centerpiece of a living room, providing a functional surface for drinks, books and decorative items. However, styling a coffee table can be a daunting task, as it requires balancing practicality and aesthetics. To style this coffee table in Palmetto Bluff, interior designer Lisa Whitley of J. Banks Design utilized a simple grid layout and created interest using various heights, shapes and textures. All accessories are available through J. Banks Design. 

Pro tip: Don’t forget the functionality

While it’s important to create a visually appealing coffee table, it’s also important to keep it functional. Make sure to leave enough space for drinks and snacks, and avoid cluttering the table with too many decorative items.

1. Book it 

Stacking books on your coffee table is a great way to add height and dimension to your decor. Choose books that match your interests or reflect the overall style of your living room. You also can add interest by alternating the orientation of the books or stacking them at different heights. On this table, books add a touch of color and height. 

2. Table trinkets 

Displaying decorative objects on your coffee table can add visual interest and personal style to your decor. You can choose objects that reflect your interests or match the style of your living room. Some examples of decorative objects include candles, figurines, or sculptures. This table features a calligraphy brush beautifully displayed in a glass case. If you have smaller items that you want to display on your coffee table, such as coasters or trinkets, you can use a decorative tray to keep them organized and visually appealing. Choose a tray that matches the style and color scheme of your living room.

3. Nature calls 

Adding natural elements or a vase to your coffee table can bring a sense of calm and tranquility to your living space. You can use a small vase of flowers, a potted plant or a bowl of shells or stones. You also can add a touch of greenery with a small succulent or air plant. A stylish vase and a mango wood ball set help bring texture and tone to this table.

4. Mix it up  

Mixing textures on your coffee table can add depth and interest to your decor. You can use items such as a woven basket or a wooden box to add different textures to your coffee table. These flat-weave faux rattan-covered boxes create height and add texture while giving an aesthetically pleasing solution to storage.

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