When it comes to a well-designed living space, cocktail tables not only add a finishing touch, they also provide a lot of style and function.

In some homes, a coffee table acts as a dinner table or is an obvious place to prop your feet after a long day in the office. For others, the coffee table is a beautiful addition to the home that isn’t to be soiled by food or feet.

To bring flair and personality to your room, as well as storage and organization, consider these design-savvy coffee table styling tips:

1. Think about function first.

Function is as critical as fashion when it comes to finding the right tables for your space. Think about how you plan to use your tables before you shop. Does your lifestyle require extra storage, durability or stain resistance? Will the table be just decorative or will you be working from this room? Do you need extras such as cord management or charging stations?

If you do choose to go with bold colors on a wall or with a piece of furniture, opt for neutral but eye-catching colors as accent pieces on your coffee table. Here we've styled this coffee table with rich gold accent pieces to play up the vibrant reds of the chair and pillows.

2. Play with color.

Don’t be afraid to play with color in your living room! Whether it’s a bright pop of red on your accent pillows or a colorful vase on your coffee table, smaller home decor items are an easy way to brighten up the room.

If you do choose to go with bold colors on a wall or with a piece of furniture, opt for neutral but eye-catching colors as accent pieces on your coffee table. Here we’ve styled this coffee table with rich gold accent pieces to play up the vibrant reds of the chair and pillows.

3. Tie your decor together.

Choose cocktail tables and occasional furniture that reflect your personal design aesthetic and complement your existing furnishings. And remember, tables in the same room don’t all have to match each other, but they should relate.

Look for shared elements such as a similar style, shape, finish or material to ensure they’ll work together. From traditional wood silhouettes to glass, metal painted wood and leather – there’s no shortage of stylish table options.

It's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decorate a coffee table. Sometimes people go overboard and add TOO much to their table, making the area feel cluttered. We suggest using a tray to define the space and keep things tidy. A tray is a great way to organize frequently used magazines or remote controls on top of your coffee table.

4. Use a tray to define the space.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decorate a coffee table. Sometimes people go overboard and add TOO much to their table, making the area feel cluttered.

We suggest using a tray to define the space and keep things tidy. A tray is a great way to organize frequently used magazines or remote controls on top of your coffee table.

5. Clear the clutter.

Speaking of clutter, think about storage options when you initially choose the right coffee table for your home.

Want a casual look that can also help you maintain your space? Consider tables with storage baskets and open shelving.
Need more storage? Select styles with closed doors and drawers to keep clutter hidden. Want to make the most of limited space? Choose a glass top that feels open and airy.

Don't be afraid to stack objects on top of one another, like we've done here with a vase stacked on top of a large book. Stacking items creates different heights and levels which are pleasing to the eye. Stacking objects on your coffee table also allows you to fit more in a small space!

6. Stack it up!

Don’t be afraid to stack objects on top of one another, like we’ve done here with a vase stacked on top of a large book.

Stacking items creates different heights and levels which are pleasing to the eye. Stacking objects on your coffee table also allows you to fit more in a small space!

7. Pick the perfect type of coffee table for your home.

Finally, it’s important to choose the right kind of coffee table for your living room or den. Here’s an easy guide for identifying and shopping for the different kids of occasional tables that we offer:

  • Accent table – Perfect in nearly every room of the home, these pieces are as fun as they are functional and can add that finishing touch to a space.
  • Cocktail table – Also known as a coffee table, this essential piece typically lives in the center of the seating arrangement.
  • End table – The perfect companion to a chair or sofa, these tables are ideal for supporting lamps and displaying accessories.
  • Sofa table – This taller, narrow table (also known as a console table) works behind a sofa or against a wall and can be used for storage and display.

Regardless of how your family uses the coffee table, Woodstock Furniture Outlet has the furniture to meet your needs. Featuring a variety of styles and shapes from well-respected brands like, Ashley, Liberty, Hooker, and more, Woodstock Furniture Outlet has an excellent selection of coffee tables for any budget. In fact, Woodstock offers a 60-day guarantee on all of our prices and we’ll even match our competitor’s prices. You simply can’t beat designer names at outlet prices.

We are also proud to offer delivery service within the greater Atlanta area, so if you can’t fit your new living room furniture in your hatchback, it’s no problem. (If you live outside the local Georgia area, contact us about getting a quote from freight carrier companies that can assist you.) No matter your budget or space constraints, stop by our showrooms in Dallas/Hiram and Acworth to explore our extensive inventory or coffee tables. Our staff is standing by to help you find the furniture that you require at an unbeatable price.

 When it comes to a well-designed living space, occasional tables not only add a finishing touch, they also provide a lot of style and function. To bring flair and personality to your room, as well as storage and organization, consider these design-savvy coffee table styling tips.