Coffee tables are often the centerpiece of a living room. And yet they often end up being a dumping ground for mail, TV accessories and various junk rather than a beautiful feature. By dressing up your coffee table in a stylish way, you can make it less of an eyesore and instead turn it into a fun statement. Just what are some unique ways to decorate your coffee table? Below are a few ornament ideas that could be worth considering.
A traditional tea tray
The best way to use a coffee table is to use it for its original purpose – which is to serve hot drinks upon it. When it comes to carrying multiple hot drinks or tea pots or french presses to your coffee table, a tea tray can be a useful accessory to have. But rather than keeping it in the kitchen, why not keep it on the coffee table where it could also serve an ornamental purpose? Something traditional such as a Japanese bamboo tea tray or floral english tea tray could be a fun feature to consider. You could even consider an antique tea tray to add a touch of history to your living room.
A rustic wooden fruit bowl
Placing a fruit bowl on your coffee table could prompt you to eat more fruit as you watch TV. A bowl of fruit can also provide a burst of color and potentially make your living room more inviting for guests. One fun fruit bowl style to consider is a rustic wooden fruit bowl. This has a rough and natural appearance to make it look like it’s been cut directly off a tree. Such bowls are great for bringing an earthy touch to a living room. Look for bowls with holes in them that can help aerate your fruit and keep it lasting longer.
Succulent plants can literally bring some life to your coffee table. They’re also small enough to be placed on a coffee table without obstructing the TV and don’t require a lot of maintenance. While you can opt for a common succulent, there are many unusual species that will draw greater attention to your coffee table. For example, there’s Haworthia cooperi, which is clear and looks like alien eggs. Opuntia microdasys is meanwhile a cactus that looks like bunny ears. Check out this page for more examples of unusual succulents. Make sure that your coffee table receives a fair amount of sunlight throughout the day to make sure your plant thrives.
A layflat photobook
Photo books can be great ornaments for a coffee table too. A layflat photobook can be laid open for you or guests to browse through. This could be a great way of displaying a range of photos, which could be from a recent event (such as a vacation or wedding) or a selection of photos from throughout your life. Overall, photobooks could be a fun alternative to a photo gallery wall and a great conversation starter. You can choose from a range of layflat photo books online.
A vinyl ashtray
If you love music, a fun ornament to consider could be a vinyl ashtray. These are old vinyl records that have been reshaped into ashtrays to extend their life. You can find ashtrays made out of all kinds of old records online including some classic albums (usually made from warped or scratched records). Even if you don’t smoke, a vinyl ashtray could still serve as a quirky ornament or be used as a peanut bowl. You could even turn it into an unusual pot for growing a succulent in.
Preserved insect coasters
There are all kinds of creative coasters that you can buy for placing glasses and mugs on. One peculiar attention-grabbing option could be coasters that contain insects preserved in resin. This could include anything from butterflies to beetles. If this sounds a bit too creepy, there’s also the option of resin coasters with flowers or leaves preserved in them. You’ll find various websites online that sell these alternative coasters.
A TV remote holder
Are you forever losing the TV remote? Organize your TV remotes once and for all by buying a TV remote stand for your coffee table. These can come in the form of racks or pouches that can be made out of wood or plastic. They often contain multiple slots for holding multiple remotes. Some even have holders for propping games console controllers. They’re not just an ornament, but also a practical piece of equipment for your living room.