Decorating a Coffee Table {4 Easy Styling Tips}

Styling Tips for Decorating a Coffee Table

decorating a coffee table or console table

decorating a coffee table

Decorating a coffee table

Pottery Barn always has the perfect tabletop styling for their coffee and console tables.

Here are four tips I’ve learned from observing Pottery Barn catalogs!

1. Remember “over and under.”

Pottery Barn is a master at featuring creative displays on top of the table AND underneath! Look at what Pottery Barn puts UNDER their tables as well as on top. Stacks of books or baskets with books always looks appropriate without feeling cluttered. Remember to not fill the entire surface, leave room on top for coffee cups and putting your feet up!

2. Creatively contain.

Put elements of your coffee table decor into a bowl, under a cloche, in a box, basket or unique container. This gives smaller items more importance and brings a sense of order to the coffee table!

3. Use an interesting formula.

Try this fun formula: Books + Natural Materials (such as pine cones, nuts with shells or plants) + Candles +  unique containers and/or objects = interesting displays.

4.  Opposites attract.

Bring visual interest to your room by using a variety of shapes, textures and styles of objects on your coffee table. Think about pairing shiny objects with rough or textural items, round and rectangle, big and small, modern and antique.

decorating a coffee table tips

So, here is the age old blogging question that I don’t think I’ve ever asked:

What is on your coffee table?

All inspiration images: Pottery Barn Home Decor

>>For more helpful tips on decorating coffee tables, check out this post on How to Decorate a Coffee Table!

>>Check out other helpful tips in the How to Decorate series!

>>More decorating tips from another store with master styling: 4 Decorating Tips from Anthropologie

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 5}:
Layering Rugs over Carpet

Do you hate carpet?

I have to stop short of saying I hate my carpet because I know it could be worse. I’m trying to be grateful for what I have. And it least it is a neutral. But nevertheless, it is carpet and I’m not a fan. My old house had hardwoods everywhere and here we only have them through the entry and kitchen. But, it is what it is and I’m not about to rip it all out right now and add hardwoods to match the kitchen just because I want them.

I’d love to have a perfect home and rip out everything I don’t like, but I’ve got other priorities, people! We sometimes have to accept what we have. At least my carpet is relatively new so I won’t complain too much. It will be ripped out someday, just not now.

In my quest for warmth and coziness this Fall, I wanted to add something new to make my main living room and dining room feel like ME. And that means I don’t want to see that carpet all the time. Since I can’t rip it out, I needed a quick and easy solution.

I LOVE natural fiber rugs.

I really love the look and texture of seagrass and sisal rugs. They have their drawbacks as far as if you have certain kinds of pets or very young children, perhaps, but they are wonderfully textured and add a lot to a space. As I was dreaming of a seagrass rug, it occurred to me that the color of the seagrass is almost the same as my carpet. Hmmmm. This might work.

So I probably made a design faux pas and bought two relatively inexpensive seagrass rugs to layer over my regular builder carpet, one in my living room and one in my dining room. GASP! All real designers can leave now.

Yes, I’m sure this breaks someone’s design rule. I know, it is not ideal in a dining room because you could drop a plate of spaghetti on the rug and it would be really hard to pull the noodles out of your seagrass. Yes, you could trip and break your leg and end up in the hospital through Christmas. There are probably dozens of reasons why you should NOT do this.

But I did it. And no design police have come to arrest me yet. And no one has dropped spaghetti on it either.

DISCLAIMER: These are photos from this summer
I need to update to my fall decor but I haven’t taken new photos yet!


Even though it isn’t the perfect solution, those two rugs make me MUCH happier than the carpet alone. So if it makes me happier, then I really don’t care about the rule or logic that says to not do it. I can hardly explain how happy these rugs have made me!

Layering rugs is an awesome way to cozy up your home. If you have carpet you don’t love, you too can layer another rug on top of it!

I actually see layered rugs like seagrass with oriental rugs in stylish magazines, so the idea of using two rugs together is not unheard of. You don’t have to use seagrass.

Putting an area rug in your conversation area is a GREAT WAY to make a room cozy!

Have you ever thought about layering rugs this fall to make things cozier, to define a conversation area or cover up carpet you don’t like?

For the entire list of post in this series, click the 31 Days button below!

To visit the other lovely ladies from the 31 Days series, click here!

Style Tips:: Subtle Contrasts

I am drawn to this photo from Country Living, I guess because of the contrasts I see. It is simple in its decor but a little complicated at the same time. I love subtle contrasts….black & white, cluttered and quiet, reflective and worn, summer and cozy. Subtle contrasts makes a room interesting and flow so easily from season to season.

What do you notice in this photo?

Happy Labor Day weekend, hope you spend a little time laboring over some fall ideas for our 3rdannualfallnestingparty next Wednesday!!

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