How to Decorate a Coffee Table

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A coffee table is more than a place to set ones drink in today's home. It is a place for you to show some style and give an idea of who you are. For many people, the coffee table tells their guests more about them than any other piece of decorating in their house. The key is to decorate this calling card of sorts to truly show how sophisticated you are. Follow these steps to decorate your coffee table with style and flair.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 table runner
  • 3 pillar candles of varying length
  • 3 to 4 favorite hard back books
  • 1 small house plant
  • 3 to 4 drink coasters

Decorate with Style and Flair

  • Place the runner on the coffee table running parallel to the main set that is facing it. Depending on the rest of the decor of your room, you can use either an antique lace or a solid color satin runner. Make sure that the ends are having over at an even length to keep everything in balance.

  • Position the house plant in the center of the table runner. The house plant will give the decorations a feeling of life. If you truly kill all plants, then use a silk plant. Just make sure to dust it daily.

  • Siting on the chair nest to the coffee table, you will want to place the three pillar candles at your far left corner. This is done so that they won't have to be moved to accommodate drinks.

  • Place the hardback books to the far right side of the coffee table. Stack each book at a slightly different angle then the last. This will make it look as though you placed them there after reading and not as though you staged them.

  • Set the drink coasters directly in front of the house plant. They should be visible so that any guest with a drink can use them. This will save your coffee table from water marks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Perhaps magazines show more of your personality than books. You can use magazines that you read in the place of the books.
  • The candles that you use can be scented to help give a more home feeling to your decorating.
  • If you plan to burn the candles from time to time, place a decorative plate under them to prevent the hot wax from dripping onto your coffee table.

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