Setting a coffee table seems pretty simple. Most coffee tables have the standard few vases, and, perhaps, a frame or two. The following are a few inspirations to create a unique and chic coffee table.
A coffee table does not necessarily need to contain a few ordinary vases. Arrange objects of personal value to you, and do not limit yourself to the traditional vase or picture frame. Some options include: a vintage camera, a vintage toy, animal figurines, coral, lanterns, game pieces, and/ or a telescope. Think outside the box!
Choose a theme
Apply a theme to your coffee table vignette. If the coffee table will be the center of your family room, consider using board games and gaming materials to decorate the table. You can stack wooden boards (i.e., a wooden Mancala board on top of a wooden Chinese Checkers board). Place vintage wooden gaming pieces in apothecary vases, and heavier pieces in small burlap sacks. If opting for Shabby Chic or French Country, pile related books to the table for quick reading for guests.
Vary the quantity of coffee tables
Use two small tables pushed together. This adds versatility, since the tables can be pulled apart as needed depending on the size of the company. A trio of small tables can be used in a triangular manner.
Add storage opportunities
Use a trio of small boxes for additional storage options for miscellaneous small items, or add a small trunk on top of books to store all remotes. A tray will offer an impromptu opportunity to serve wine to your guests, as well as, additional space to group smaller display pieces.
Add different heights to the coffee table to add visual interest. Place a decorative piece on top of a stack of books. A tall vase can be juxtaposed to several small boxes.