Your coffee table isn’t simply a place to eat dinner in front of the TV – it’s a gold mine of design opportunity! With the right objects and a little creativity, you can transform a ho-hum piece of furniture into a powerhouse of personality and color.
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Pick a palette. For a cohesive look, pick three colors for your coffee table. Follow the 60-30-10 color rule for your table in the same way you’d use it when decorating a room, with 60 percent of your table’s décor being one color, 30 percent a secondary color and 10 percent an accent color (like gold or silver).
Think green and potted. Fresh flowers are a beautiful addition to a coffee table, but they can get pricey week-after-week. Instead, think green and potted. Adding a potted plant or a succulent to your table is a great way to add some life without also adding a lot of effort or spending a lot of money. For a list of affordable, low-maintenance plants, visit: Houseplants on a Budget: 5 Cheap and Easy Options.
Add books. They’re called coffee table books for a reason: because they look perfect on this space! Three books in a stack are thought to be most visually pleasing. Choose hardback books that are image heavy and have covers that fit within your color palette (see step #1). Some of our favorites include Domino: The Book of Decorating and Design Sponge at Home.
Grab a tray. You have your plant and your books, which is a great start. But there’s probably still a lot of empty space on your table. To fill it, grab a tray! Not only will a decorative tray fix the empty-table conundrum, it will also be an attractive catchall for things like remotes and keys. For a cost-effective tray option, make your own with an old cookie sheet.
Include personal details. At this point, your table is 99 percent there! You could stop now. Or you could add a few personal touches – items or knickknacks that say “this is my table” like a candle of your favorite scent, a trinket from a recent trip or a matchbook from your favorite restaurant. Have fun with it!