If we’re being honest, when it comes to “décor” our coffee tables often end up being little more than a pit stop for stuff that’s on its way out the door – old magazines, junk mail and other rubbish that somehow gains favored-nation status even though we know it’s useless.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting a great coffee table look is easy and affordable, and the only hard part will be keeping people’s feet off of your masterpiece once it’s complete.
Temporary vs. Permanent Décor
This boils down to magazines and flowers, both of which will run out of gas long before you have a desire to replace them.
STYLE TIP: Opt for coffee table books (or any kind of book, really) instead of magazines. That way, you’ll never look out of date. But, steer clear of faux flowers – they look better at a distance rather than right under your nose – and try a succulent or other hardy houseplant instead.
Coffee tables need (and should get) regular cleaning, and tiny décor items make it a more laborious chore than it needs to be.
STYLE TIP: Keep your décor chunky and durable so you can toss it on the couch with no fear of breakage while you wipe your coffee table down.
Coasters may not seem too classy or sophisticated, but they’re the tops when it comes to coffee table style with both form and function.
STYLE TIP: You might be surprised at how classy some coasters can get. Keep your eye out for subtle designs in leather and wood.
Why don’t people put tablecloths on coffee tables? Random guess: It can be pretty hard to find one in the right size.
STYLE TIP: DIY your own coffee table toppers to add style and save time when you need to dust or clean up a spill.
Enjoy experimenting with these and other coffee table styles to find your favorite look.