Yes, the power trifecta of books, flowers, and trays will forever reign. But don't miss these creative ideas for adding extra flair.
Beautiful candlesticks and tapers add statuesque glamour while a small, delightful tray brings the eye back down to the rest of the action .
Design by Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home
...Obviously only if you're dealing with an ample-sized coffee table. But if so, why not designate a tray for a select stash of your prettiest barware and cocktail ingredients?
Via Laurel Home
We know, we know, you're already styling with (and we would hope: reading!) coffee table books. But instead of stacking them, consider splaying them out in a neat grid and layering the rest of your pieces on top.
Design by Nina and Jon Hans via Design*Sponge, photography by Casey Curry
Go with a matching set or mix things up. Either way, they lend a major perk: no remote control in sight (but always within easy reach.)
Design and photography by Albertina Cisneros of Mimosa Lane
It makes for a whimsical, subtly sparkly display.
Design by Tiffany Eastman via Marcus Design Inc
It's sophisticated yet unexpected — , a bowl of decorative matches adds utility and an extra opportunity for more patterns.
Design by Danielle Moss via Apartment Therapy, photography by Stoffer Photography
With the right amount of space, two tables can be twice as nice. An eye-catching sculpture adds height and drama.
Design by Thom Filicia via ELLE DECOR, photography by William Waldron
An excellent option if you'd rather skip flowers but want some natural inspiration on the table. (Bonus: No stressing about replacing these guys!)
Design by Homepolish via Refinery29, photography by Zeke Ruelas Photography
A completely simple yet effective geometric move: This is especially good for minimalists who still want their coffee table styling to make an impact.
Design by Emily Henderson, photography by Tessa Neustadt
They're not just for your nightstand. A beloved piece of jewelry and/or momento, like these calligraphy brushes, add flair that's unique to you.
Design by Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, photography by Jamie Hopper Photography
Crystals get an extra boost from glass accents like a bell jar cloche and magnifying glass. The effect? A down-to-earth glimmer.
Design by Krystal Bick via The Glitter Guide, photography by Michelle Drewes
Who says a tablecloth is out of the question for the coffee table? Here it adds sumptuous texture and an additional layer of intrigue.
Design by Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada via ELLE DECOR, photography by Simon Upton