Today I want to share some glass coffee table decorating ideas to jazz up your living room.
I’ll be sharing three different looks with coffee table styling with decors that you can find easily at your home, even with a limited decor collections.
The most important place to decorate in your living room
Coffee table is probably one of the focal point of a living room. So and because it has a lot of flat surface it’s naturally a place to add personality and beauty to your space.
I have a glass top coffee table so I’d like to share some coffee table decorating ideas with you. So introducing… Coffee table styling in three ways!
These three coffee table styling ideas have my unique twist:
I live in a small house(<1000sqft) and I am on my journey to become more minimal with my belongings, so I don’t really have much dedicated space to store a lot of things that are purely for decoration.
So Instead, I want to be more mindful with what I bring home and keep only the essentials that are beautiful and functional. So for this post, I’ll be sharing how to reuse just a few elements to create very different looks for your living room coffee table decorations.
The key is to reuse decor items that are essential.
Just like a capsule wardrobe, where you have a few essential garment pieces that you can mix and match to create different looks every day.
In the home decoration case, I’m creating a capsule decor collection that I can mix and match to create different and unique vibes for my coffee table to match the season or mood.
How to style a glass coffee table
Compared to styling other coffee tables, there are a few things to consider when you are decorating on glass coffee tables.
Because glass is a see-through material, I would be mindful of what things you place above and under it.
To create a varied texture I generally don’t add too much glass decor on top. If I do, I would avoid glass that has the same color or texture, but instead choose glass decor that is in a different color or texture, such as this candle hurricane which has a ribbed surface.
At the same time, I usually try to balance the coldness with something that feels warm, organic, or soft.
Glass is a very reflective and smooth surface, so it can expose any lint or dirt. Generally, I will try to avoid putting things that are fuzzy or things that shed a lot on the glass coffee table surface.
glass coffee table styling in 3 ways video
For a lot of home decoration projects, it is always nice to watch a video to get general ideas.
So I created this video walking you through my coffee table decoration process, and highlighted a few key ideas I’m using in this styling. You can click on the video below to watch it.
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glass coffee table decorating ideas – 3 looks breakdown
Coffee tables styling idea 1 – classic with contrast
Because my coffee table is quite large, I want to make sure I have at lease a large piece that can ground the space.
In this look, I placed a big hurricane glass that I use as a vase, and with a bunch of tulips inside. I recently got a bouquet of tulips from Trader Joe’s for only $11 and It looks so pretty.
I love the cream color with light pink stripes on the petals, which resonate with those white ceramic pieces on books.
The vase is quite large, so to balance that out I stack two coffee books together. Sometimes a stack of books can lay flat, so I added some smaller decor to bring up the height and also add more shapes.
Because the books are a rectangle shape, I’m trying to add round shapes by adding some candle holders I made. I practice pottery in my spare time so I have a lot of rounded ceramic pieces to work with.
Then I felt like I needed something to connect those pieces together, so I’m using this black beads but I’m twisting them a little bit to form an interesting movement.
One decoration tip: when you style with dark colors but still want to have a light and bright look, just use them on small pieces.
Generally speaking, in terms of decorating, you might have heard the rule of 3. But for me I don’t follow it religiously. For example in this look, I used two groupings on the glass coffee table which I think works pretty well as they balance each other but not completely symmetrical.
However, if you look at the right grouping, I am using 3 things – book, candle, beads because they create a nice harmony in this case.
Coffee tables styling idea 2 – soft and romantic, with light color palette
Coffee table decoration idea No.2 is based on idea no.1, but I’m swapping a couple things out to create a softer and more romantic vibe.
First, I gave the tulips a different look by opening up the tulip petals.
This is something I picked up from florists, and I just love how it makes tulips into a unique flower. It also makes the bouquet of flowers more substantial visually.
This floral trick works extra well when the blooms are slightly older and naturally open up more.
For this coffee table decorating idea, I’m going for a lighter color palette. So even though I kept the book stack, I turned the books around and showed the white pages instead.
Alternatively you can also cover the books up with a lighter softer colored paper if your coffee table decoration will be viewed from all angles.
On top of the books, I added a rattan coaster to add some natural texture. I’m a big fan of rattan as you can tell from my rattan glass vase DIY project.
Then I placed a light minty Green dish on top of the coaster. The green color here can be found from Tulips so they look harmonious together – the power of repeating colors.
To make this look more different, I added a small vase with some bunny tail grass.
I like that it adds a touch of whimsy. I also turned the books a little bit so it looks more dynamic, also make some space for the small vase
Coffee tables styling idea 3 – boho, collected, & Anthropologie inspired
Now move on to the 3rd look, which I’ll describe as a boho and collected look. Maybe something you see in Anthropologie stores as their store display.
It’s another variation from look no.1 – some similar decor, but different vibe and composition.
I’m replacing the tulips with some greeneries. I clipped those seeded eucalyptus around where I live. Unlike flowers, these eucalyptus branches give a whimsical and relaxed vibe.
I have used books twice, so this time I replaced them with an upcycled cigar box.
I have a DIY tutorial with video on this DIY that you can check out here.
For this look, I’m aiming to create three groupings. So for the third pile, I used the candle set. It is in a dark green color, so I think it played well with the greenery and black beads.
On top of the box, I draped over the chain of beads to add more textures. I also like how contrasting things are in this look.
Then I feel like the top is missing something round. So I added this little bud vase from my handmade pottery collections, and clipped some flowers from my backyard and placed them in.
I think this is probably the most eclectic look of all three, because of the amount of textures and shapes in this look. And I really love it!
Coffee table decorating essentials
Glass coffee table decorating ideas summary
It is Always super fun to style a coffee table. I hope you found my tips helpful and like the different decorating ideas I shared. Now it is time to decorate your own coffee table!
I have a question for you: what is your favorite look of all three glass coffee table looks? Let me know in the comments!