How to Style a Coffee Table

by Rob Ellis, REALTOR® 10/06/2019

A coffee table is a bit trickier to decorate than a dining table, but with some expert tips, your coffee table is just a few minutes from being perfect. Here are some styling tips for a coffee table to consider next time you are touching up the interior decor in your home:

Stack up your books 

Coffee tables and books go together like peanut butter and jelly. Stack up books of same sizes on your table, but be careful not to make a pile or mountain of books. Four or five books arranged together are just perfect. The key about book stacking is the color coordination - gather books in different shades of one color for a clean look. 

Add a tray 

Second only to books, trays are a designer's go-to when styling coffee tables. Trays help to corral tabletop items, but they also send a sense of organization to your guests and make mini-vignettes that beautify your home. You can fill the tray on your coffee table with a scented candle or a bouquet of flowers.

Decorate with plants 

You can make your living room clean and organic by decorating your coffee table with plants. Succulents and air plants are the perfect choices, but the key is to choose a plant that thrives in low light. 

Balance height 

To prevent your coffee table from looking weighted, it is best you put the tallest item in the center. If you have one short and two tall pieces, put the short in the middle and balance either side with any of the taller items.

Display different pages 

You can give you coffee table a different look every day by choosing to display different pages of a book. Consider contents of the page as well as the colors. Colorful magazines are an excellent choice as they are engaging to guests.

Simple right? Designing a coffee table is not as hard as you think. If you don't have it in your home, it is high time you think of getting one and using it to enhance your home style.

When prepping your home for sale, ask your selling agent for appropriate items to display on your coffee table.

About the Author
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Rob Ellis, REALTOR®

I grew up in Los Gatos and lived there until 2003 when my wife and I decided to relocate to the South County to raise our 3 boys, now ages 22, 17 & 13.

I am an avid dirt biker and golfer and I love the close proximity of the recreational areas that the South County provides.

I have a passion for real estate and I absolutely love what I do. The friendliness and the down home demeanor of our tight knit community here in the South County allows my profession to blend in with my personal life. 

I view my clients as part of my family and I handle them as such. This combined with the South County’s sense of community is part of what makes our little area of the world so special.

It is my goal to largely work with the same clients repeatedly and also with their family & friends. For that to happen, I must provide a level of service and communication that is second to none.

I treat every single client and transaction with the utmost care and attention. I am enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy…and I am fully committed to each and every one of my clients.

Simply put, I want to be your Realtor for life!