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10 Coffee Table Décor Ideas

The possibilities are endless! Any coffee table décor, properly planned, can be the focal point of your living room.

A sitting room coffee table versus a family coffee room table can be used in many different ways to bring attention to your favourite collectibles, pique interest with a series of books on a treasured hobby, or showcase a collection of plants and flowers. The possibilities are truly endless. Here are ten different ways you can decorate and dress your coffee table. Depending on your décor style, your furniture design and how you wish to use the room, your coffee table will either become a show piece or fade into the background. To create something more visually pleasing and eye-catching consider one of these tips.


  1. Display a Collection – Depending on the collection, remember less is more. Make sure the size of the table is balanced with the right number of collectibles and try to compliment the grouping with a vase of flowers.
  2. Stay on Theme – If you have a nautical theme going on in the room, perhaps a wicker table would add a perfect natural element. Add themed books on fishing or a photo book of favourite beaches. Another idea would be to add a simple flower arrangement. Use blue and white accents to stay on theme. Perhaps a jar of seashells would be a nice touch.
  3. Large Coffee Tables – Create a focal point using trays to organize a small collection. A tray serves a dual purpose and can organize a small group of items as well as serve drinks.
  4. A Two Tiered Coffee Table – this is a great way to show off accessories. Use lacquered boxes for the bottom shelf to store tv remotes, or stationary and coasters. The top shelf can hold a vase of fresh flowers to match the décor style of the room or enhance the vibrancy of colour on the walls. Store books on the bottom shelf if you have a few favourites.
  5. An Ottoman Coffee Table – This is a popular option for large and more formal living rooms adding an element of elegance. Definitely use a tray here to keep items balanced. Do add a couple of candles and flowers. Use the tray to serve drinks and hold coasters. Since an ottoman performs double duty, the items should be limited since you may be removing them to sit on it or put your feet up. Simply transfer the tray to another location in the room, perhaps to a sofa table.
  6. Minimalist – when your furniture is bulky or heavy it’s best to have a simple streamlined coffee table with minimal items. Perhaps a couple of table top books, a sculpture and succulent planter. Remember, sometimes less is more.
  7. Sentimental Coffee Table – based on your style and décor you may choose to exhibit a collection of sentimental items. Small vintage photo frames, eclectic knick knacks or other collectibles.
  8. Making a Statement - If your table makes a statement on its own, is a one-of-kind piece or is likely to steal the thunder in the room, whatever you place on top of it is just a bonus! Consider an array of stylish books, fresh flowers or foliage, and chic trinkets.
  9. Glass Top Coffee Table – When you're aiming to showcase a significant number of accessories, a coffee table with a glass top can provide balance. It doesn't take up as much visual space as an all-wood design and keeps the focus on your display.
  10. A Small Table – When using a smaller table try to keep it simple with one decorative bowl. Use the minimal approach. Perhaps a favourite sculpture will do nicely and make a distinct statement.


Whether you select natural wood, glass, a colour or acrylic base, think ahead and plan your coffee table display. Functionality is key, so give some thought to the use and function of the room as well as what purpose the coffee table serves.

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 11/20/2019 8:50:39 AM