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3 Designer-Approved Ways to Style a Simple Coffee Table

By: Sarah Beaumont

April 13, 2016

Interior designers are faced with challenges everyday. Whether working with small floor plans or strange color palettes, solving design dilemmas is just another part of the job. We recently called upon our talented designers to partake in a challenge that’s a little more fun than the average. For the first installment of our “Styled By” series, we asked designers to put their creative spin on coffee table styling using a simple, concrete table as the base. The only rules—let your imagination take charge!

After receiving everything from minimally styled coffee tables to those bursting with coastal colors, we brought our 3 favorite designs to life. From concept to creation, see the results of our first “Styled By” Designer Challenge:

Organic Elements

Styled by Samantha Culbreath


Who knew that a coffee table could put us in the mood to namaste? Samantha subtracted from the harshness of the cement table by using a medley of soft pastel colors and earthy elements. Bohemian and eastern influences add to the serene aesthetic of the design while circular motifs create symmetry and an overall feeling of zen.

Blue Crush

Styled by James Tabb


James’ blue soaked style board is a lesson in the versatility of coffee tables. Taking a minimal approach, his design uses a singular color palette dedicated to cool cerulean and sea-toned blues. Accessorized with playful art and birds of paradise flowers in sleek, white vases, we can easily envision this coffee table living in a surfer’s beachside bungalow.

Nice n’ Neutral

Styled by Megan Leith-Menard


If simple patterns and neutral colors are your jam, then this is the coffee table for you. Megan’s minimalistic design is both stylish and functional — it bears décor trends like copper and rattan but doesn’t forsake coffee table necessities such as an organizational tray, a candle, and a healthy pile of reading material.

For more Laurel & Wolf designer looks, keep an eye out for our next installment of the “Styled By” series, coming very soon!

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