How to Dress Up Your Coffee Tables & End Tables

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How to Dress Up Your Coffee Tables & End Tables

It's amazing how a few decorative pieces placed on a coffee table and end table can make a difference in the look and feel of a room. Fortunately, it doesn't take a lot to achieve the look that's appealing to the eye.  

Here are a few examples:



While the pictures in the slide show are vacant homes that we had staged throughout metro Atlanta, the following principles can be applied whether you're selling your home or not.

Here are a few tips on how to dress-up your coffee tables and end tables:


  • Decide on a color/theme - When making this decision, take into consideration the colors that surround the table(s). In a more traditional home, I tend to lean towards florals, candle sticks and books. In a contemporary home, it could be a single arrangement or even glass candle holders.
  • Vary the height of the items - Imagine a table top with everything the same level - it just doesn't work. I used, in several of these examples, books to gain the height I was looking for.
  • Shop Wisely - Fortunately, I'm surrounded by a great selection of stores from which to shop. Most of the items in the slide show came from Michaels (florals are typically on sale in the front of the store), Home Goods (love their selection) and Kirklands (mostly for the candle sticks and books).
  • Strive for balance - The easiest solution is to use two matching lamps on the end tables. In doing so, you have a more polished look.
For examples on how to dress up your dining room table, eat-in and counters, visit the following post titled: Tables Settings by Atlanta Home Stager, Kathy Nielsen.


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Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Hi Kathy,

Thank you for those excellent tips! Staging can certainly help sell a home so much quicker. Great job.

Steve Merson  CNE, e-PRO

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Keller Williams Realty
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Oct 14, 2010 02:12 AM #1
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Good morning Kathy, and love how your photos show how staging really works!  Thank you ~ Susan

Oct 14, 2010 02:23 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So many homeowners have a problem choosing decorative pieces for their tables.  Great examples to inspire them!

Oct 14, 2010 03:33 AM #4
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

All great tips with your photos to prove your points!! Beautiful!!

Oct 14, 2010 03:44 AM #5
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
Beautiful examples Kathy! Always a fan of your work!!
Oct 14, 2010 04:09 AM #6
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

Beautiful staging. In our home though we have very low pieces so we can see the TV:)

Oct 14, 2010 04:10 AM #7
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Kathy.....beautiful examples of how to add drama and style!!

Oct 14, 2010 04:19 AM #8
Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Great close up shots of your table vignettes Kathy, beautifully done!

Oct 14, 2010 05:15 AM #9
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Great staging as always!  Thanks for the ideas. Sometimes I get stuck with the same ole..same ole and need inspiration! Thank you!

Oct 14, 2010 08:39 AM #10
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, Steve!

Thanks for doing that, Valerie.

Susan - thanks for commenting.  I SO miss La Jolla.  We lived in San Diego for 12 years and I'm so wanting to go back for a visit.

Thanks, Sharon.  One of the reasons for creating my last two posts were for that very reason. Home owners love seeing examples of what they could do so... I'll be sharing these links to help them.

Cathy - Thank you!

Michele - that was kind of you to say!! Thanks.

LaNita - I tried placing a large floral on my own coffee table and it was quickly removed by the owner of the remote, aka, husband (smile).

Thanks, Kathy B.

Cynthia - I love staging coffee tables and end tables! 

Janice - I hear you!

David - thank you!


Oct 14, 2010 12:25 PM #12
Cindy Garruba
North Fork Home Staged to Sell - Riverhead, NY

Kathy, I loved all the looks and the way you presented them!

Oct 14, 2010 03:53 PM #13
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Oh gosh,  don't give all the secrets of the game away.

Great job 

Oct 14, 2010 07:01 PM #14
Karen Hubert
Center Stage Design-Home Staging - Brantford, ON
CSP, Brantford, ON

Hi Kathy,

I love your coffee table accents.  I buy floral arrangements on sale at the front of Michaels as well.  Great post.

Oct 15, 2010 04:08 AM #15
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Kathy it seems so simple but often it's the simple things that make all the difference. Stacking items on a coffee table or "layering" is a great way to warm up a room! Gorgeous as always!

Oct 15, 2010 05:19 AM #16
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Great presentation Kathy. BTW, love your new signature section. Were you learning from Craig Daniels too? LOL. That is on my list for next week to get done. I added the "bar" but need to do the photo, etc.

Oct 15, 2010 10:53 AM #17
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, Cindy.

Virginia - No worries.  I won't (smile).

Thank you, Karen.  I have found Michaels to be a treasure-trove for florals.

Tessa - Love of use of "layering". Great way to describe it.  Thanks

Hi, Shar. Yes, I took the Craig Daniels instructions and followed them to a tee.  Love your red bar.  Great job.


Oct 15, 2010 11:55 AM #18
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Great tips, Kathy!  I love your new background for your blog and your tagline.  You are a true pro!

Oct 16, 2010 03:18 AM #19
Adam Luttrell
Shift Property Styling - Honolulu, HI
Shift Property Styling - Hobart, Tasmania

A good read, thanks Kathy.

It's so interesting to read what stagers from across the pond do in their installations and to see that regardless of where in the world you live, some things remain consistent in the world of staging.



Oct 16, 2010 09:31 PM #20
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Kathy your work always looks fabulous. I like the simplicity with how the tables look.

Oct 28, 2010 01:10 AM #21
Alex Morris - Austin Real Estate Agent
Austin, TX
Kathy - saw this on a re-blog. I love this video! VERY well done! Thanks for sharing! FEATURE!
Nov 24, 2010 12:23 PM #23
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