7 Coffee Table Ideas for Your Next Living Room Makeover

7 Coffee Table Ideas for Your Next Living Room Makeover

When it comes to staging property to sell, coffee table decor is one of those things that can really make or break the overall aesthetic of a living room. It’s the centrepiece that ties everything together, so it’s important to choose the right elements to display to your potential buyers. A coffee table is often one of the first things a buyer will see when entering a property, and it is arguable one of the most important considerations when it comes to showcasing the property’s living space. Whether you’re starting from scratch or revamping your current decor, one of Brisbane’s best property styling companies, Sell in Style Property Styling has put together some effective coffee table decor ideas that will ensure you make a statement in your property for sale.


Books are always a great addition to any coffee table décor, especially when it comes to effective home staging ideas. A stack of books can add height, colour, texture and dimension to the table, giving life to the space and adding overall appeal to the home. We recommended choosing books that have simple, aesthetic covers. Don’t be afraid to mix and match book covers but ensure they go together in a cohesive, effective manner to avoid that ‘busy’, ‘out of order’ look (a stylist’s worst nightmare!). For inspiration on how to group books together in terms of colour scheme, design and size, pop over to Pinterest for some awesome ideas and additional tips and tricks!


Candles are a classic and timeless accessory that can add warmth and extra dimension to any coffee table decor. You can place them in hurricane glasses to create a soft, ambient glow or you can re-use aesthetic-looking empty glass candle jars as another cost-effective option. A great tip is to use scented candles that bring a relaxing fragrance to your space because the way a home smells can make or break the selling potential of the property for sale. You can also mix and match different sizes and shapes to create a more dynamic display or use a combination of candles and other decorative elements to create an exciting aesthetically-pleasing variation of elements.


Fake indoor plants are a great way to add natural elements to your coffee table décor and we at Sell in Style Property Styling argue that they are a must-have for your living room displays, especially when it comes to styling property to sell! Fake plants are really great for adding colour, life and a sense of ‘nature’ and greenery to your home’s spaces. Fake indoor plants are great for draping over books or for hanging out of vases and other decorative pieces, and work to make a table feel ‘finished’ and inviting. Check out our Instagram at sellinstyle_propertystyling for some great inspirational ideas for your next coffee table styling and to access some more great tips from one of Brisbane’s leading property staging services!


Trays are a great way to organize and define your coffee table decor. You can use them to hold a number of grouped elements or to act as its own decorative element within the display. A great rule of thumb is to choose a tray that works with the size and shape of your coffee table and to add some varying decorative elements to pull the display together. Reflective trays are really on trend at the moment because they can work to create the illusion of more space and add a luxurious feel to the display. You can include candles, vases, books, trinkets, and other decorative elements within the tray, keeping in mind that the end product should be simple, cohesive and effective rather than over-saturated with too many unnecessary features. In other words, choose simply and choose wisely!


Sculptures are a great way to add a three-dimensional element to your coffee table decor. They can range from abstract to figurative, and they can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, stone and more. Choose a sculpture that works with your other selected elements and pay attention to varying heights, colour and textures when doing so. Although mixing and matching elements is encouraged, an overall theme and scheme should still be adapted to ensure the end product flows and in the case of home styling services, best appeals to prospective buyers.

Decorative objects/ Trinkets

Decorative objects can add personality and character to your coffee table decor. They can be anything from vintage objects to contemporary pieces, depending on the theme you’ve adapted for the given property. At Sell in Style Property Styling, we often incorporate various trinkets and decorative pieces alongside a book and greenery when styling our coffee tables. Remember, when it comes to staging a property to sell, practicality isn’t the focus; ensuring potential buyers are aesthetically pleased is the primary focus of property styling. However, with that in mind, be sure not to overwhelm the coffee table display with too many decorative elements which might work to detract from the desired effect of the display.


Coasters are a practical accessory that can add a pop of colour and texture to your coffee table décor. Choose coasters that complement the other elements on your table, and make sure they are placed in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and on trend. You could opt for a group of marble coasters and pair them with a black and white, hard-cover book and grey decorative statue. Either way, ensure they work in with existing elements to create an effective decorative display and aren’t just thrown on for the sake of being a practical element. Again, pop over to Pinterest for some innovative coaster arrangements!

In conclusion, coffee table decor can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your living room and is essential for capturing the attention of potential buyer’s and for maximising the property’s selling value. By incorporating these effective coffee table decor ideas, you will be on your way to creating a well-rounded, cohesive and aesthetically delicious living space that appeals to the emotions of your potential buyers. Remember to choose elements that complement each other and create flow, and most importantly, don’t be afraid to mix and match varying elements!

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