A sofa is usually the first major piece of furniture we invest in for our living rooms—and, arguably, for our homes. One of the larger pieces of furniture, it's also the one we spend the most time on (other than our beds), and we often have very strict ideas of how comfortable it should be. So it's no wonder that this piece of furniture gets most of our attention when decorating a living room. But there's another important piece of the puzzle that often gets neglected: the coffee table.
Maybe we're still holding on to the one we purchased for our first apartment years ago, or maybe we invested in a piece we love but have never actually taken the time to style it. Whatever the reason may be, a coffee table is often the most overlooked part of a living room, but it's also arguably one of the most important. It's the one item that's at the center of the space, the piece of furniture that people congregate around, and the space where you can truly infuse some personality in your décor. The good news? You can easily overhaul your coffee table in one weekend only, and we're showing you exactly how. Ready to take your coffee table to the next level? Here's what you'll need.
A tray is the foundation of all good coffee-table styling as it collects all random items and makes them feel organized.
Add a vase with flowers or tall branches for height.
A scented candle is a great to add ambiance, both with lighting and scent.
Elevate your standard lighter and opt for a chic match striker instead, which you can style in the tray with your candle.
Add a candle extinguisher as an interesting object that's also practical.
Everyone needs coasters, but we love this set that comes in a beautiful box to add a little height to your arrangement.
Style a few coffee table books next to your tray.
This translucent West Elm table is ideal for small apartments.
Need extra storage? We love this Menu coffee table for smaller spaces.
If you want to display a lot of books and objects, but you don't want it to take over your coffee table, try this display table from Blu Dot.
Another great affordable option is this Target table, which features two levels for extra storage.