Use these simple round coffee table styling ideas to add a cozy touch to your home. Includes what items work best and how to place them.
Sometimes it’s good to let go of the old and welcome something new. I’ve shared our living room decor with you countless times, so you might remember that I had Queen Anne style tables. (If you don’t remember, you can see them HERE.) I loved these tables when we bought them twenty eight years ago, and I loved them for a long time…but for a few years now, I haven’t loved them so much.
Some people would consider them timeless, but to me, those tables were just dated. I wanted something new and completely different. Enter these beautiful round tables from Wayfair.
These tables arrived just in time for 20 Minute Decorating, but the honest truth is that these styling ideas take much less than twenty minutes! They are not only simple to do, they are simply done. Here is my very short list of items that easily work for coffee table decor. These items can be grouped together on a tray, or simply placed on the tabletop. (And make sure to scroll to the end to see what my friends are sharing.)
- A vessel of flowers
- A stack of books
- A candle
- A potted plant
- Framed photograph(s)
- A piece of art or pottery
Look No. 1: A round tray with accessories
After searching the internet, I finally found a round hyacinth basket that almost matches the rectangle one from Pottery Barn. I’ve used a tray on our coffee table for years, but was glad to be using a different shape. The basket is quite a bit smaller than the table, which leaves plenty of room for drinks, etc. I used one of my favorite pitchers with hydrangeas, a candle, and a stack of small books.
Tip: Stick to the Rule of Three and vary the height of your items.
Look No. 2: A trio of items
Sticking with the rule of three, the next idea is more spread out and doesn’t include a tray. I switched out the small books for a stack of larger ones, but everything else is the same. Even though I used almost all the same items, look no. 2 is completely different from look no. 1.
Look No. 3: A tray with a simple vessel of flowers
Now it’s time to break that rule of three, and go with a simple pitcher of flowers placed on the round tray. If truth be told, this is my favorite look. The tall, slim pitcher rises out of the wicker tray providing both interest and texture. Using one item on your coffee table can really make a statement, and it’s super easy.
Tip: Another idea is to use a large bowl…either empty or filled with natural elements.
The image below is a shot of the side table. When I first placed the lamps on the tables, the cords hanging down the back bugged the heck out of me. I solved the problem by attaching the cord to the back table leg with black electrical tape. I wrapped it around the back foot of the table, ran it under the rug, and over to the outlet. Problem solved!
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wicker basket tray on bottom | wicker round tray on top | coffee table | round end table | square basket | living room rug (beige/ivory) | blanket basket ladder | blue slipper chairs | linen pillow cover | blue lumbar pillow cover | flowered pillow covers (sold out) | mini boxwood wreath | matching console table
If you are wondering what happened to my old tables, they found a very good home with a family from our church. They had just moved and the tables fit their new home perfectly.
More 20 Minute Decorating ideas from my friends…
As much as I love grocery store flowers, it was so nice to walk out in my backyard and cut the fresh hydrangeas I used in these photos. I have one Annabelle bush and it’s just going crazy. Summer is definitely here.