Coffee Table Dilemma

I think coffee tables are much more difficult to style than bookshelves.     

There's usually a lot going on in a bookshelf; and if a few of the items are not the greatest, the collection will carry those mediocre pieces. 

 Not so with the coffee table - more like putting an item on a pedestal.  

It really becomes a focal piece. 

When I'm styling a home, I always select a couple of the most interesting accessories for the coffee table. 

Then, I fill in with some interesting, beautiful books. 
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Something fresh also is a nice touch.

Remember, accessories on a coffee table need to look great from any angle (i.e., not a picture frame). 

Think about this the next time you are looking for something special for your coffee table.

Have a marvelous day! M.


  1. Great advice, Mandi! I usually find the coffee table easier to style than a bookcase... and I change mine about once a month, too. :)
    Have a beautiful day!

  2. Good stuff! Very good tip about the styling form all angles. I love the styling of the one with the acrylic tray!

  3. Great post. I am going to bookmark this post..really beautiful examples of well laid out coffee tables and you are so right, you can really make a great statement with how you accessorize your coffee table. Well done!!

  4. I agree! I'm always afraid my coffee table will look too styled and forced. It also doesn't help that we eat dinner on ours almost every night :(
    Anyway, these are great suggestions. I'll be bookmarking this one.

  5. Thank you for the tips! I'm happy to see I'm not alone in my befuddlement ;o) I'm seriously considering some sort of plant now. Really adds a lot.


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.