A coffee table is many things: a place to set your drink a footrest somewhere to stash the remote and — of course — a beautiful decorative addition to your living room. Or at least it has the potential to be all of these things. Your coffee table can also become a cluttered mess if you aren’t careful or a drab disappointment if you’re scared to get a little creative. To help you achieve style success I’ve put together some helpful guidelines with specific situations so you can master the art of decorating a coffee table.
Sometimes a coffee table that isn’t the standard height or width is exactly what a room needs. In this instance a very low coffee table creates a crisp horizontal plane in the foreground offsetting the long horizontal line of the credenza in the background. A higher table would have blocked the view of the credenza and competed with it; the varying heights add interest.