25 coffee table styling ideas to bring your living room to life

Dress up a coffee table with candles, greenery or quirky accessories

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Much more than a handy surface for your snacks on movie night, your coffee table can be a focal point of colour and personality in your living room. Here’s 25 items for your decor wishlist to transform a coffee table from cluttered chaos to chic centrepiece.

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Fontana Square Coffee Table, £299, Cult Furniture

Tray chic

Not just for carrying drinks, trays also work as a permanent – and stylish – coffee table fixture. If you’ve got bijou bits and bobs, such as mini-plants, ornaments, candles and books, a tray is an easy way to group these small-scale accent pieces together to create an attractive vignette. Choose a decorative tray so it brings something to the table (so to speak!) along with the curated items you choose to place on it.

Plant life

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West Elm Streamline Marble top coffee table, £599, John Lewis & Partners

We’ll take any chance to add more greenery to our home, and the coffee table is no exception! For petite tables, go for smaller plants and succulents to make sure you’ll still have room for drinks and other essentials – if you’ve got the space, though, why not experiment with larger plants? The key is to balance the size and height with other elements, pairing an imposing plant with medium-scale ornaments and other daintier pieces so they harmonise together.

Deco marble coffee table, £329, Atkin and Thyme
Deco marble coffee table, £329, Atkin and Thyme

Shine a light

Whether your style is modern minimalist or colourful and eclectic, there’s a candle for you (and your coffee table). Candles in classic white, grey or even black will be sleek and striking with Scandi-style natural wood furniture in a minimalist scheme, while mix-and-match hues and candleholders will add a sense of fun and an injection of colour.

Try grouping different-sized candles together in threes to add depth and interest, placing one large statement candle in a glass hurricane, or displaying smaller candles in cute holders on top of a stack of books.