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Easy Decoration Ideas for a Coffee Table

Decorating a coffee table that is located in the center of an open room can be a challenge. I have a large wooden antique bowl in the center of the coffee table and change the decor seasonally.

Here are some easy decoration ideas for a Coffee Table, that I’ve used to decorate the same bowl each season. Today, I added faux orchid’s to the bowl for a summer update. These stunning faux Orchids from Prestige Botanicals, are the most realistic I’ve ever seen.

Decorations for a Summer Coffee table

First, let’s take a look at the latest update to the wooden bowl on my coffee table. I received these gorgeous faux orchids from Prestige Botanicals and knew immediately that they would be stunning in the bowl. Because the coffee table is located in the center of the room, they were perfect for creating a center piece that looks good from every direction.

How to Decorate a Coffee Table in the middle of a room

Materials needed for Coffe Table Arrangement

Y’all know I like to use items that I have on hand, if at all possible and today’s tutorial is no exception. The faux orchid stems are approx. 32″ tall and would require a heavy container to hold them upright.

To fill the bottom of the bowl, I began with three of my old terra cotta pots and a metal cake stand. In addition, I added a faux bird to add interest to the arrangement.

Next, to secure the faux orchids into the terra cotta pots, I place the stem securely into the weep hole at the bottom of the pot and then filled in around the stem with plastic grocery bags. Keep stuffing the bags into the pot until the stem is secure and will not tip over.

You can use small pebbles or glass beads to fill in around the stems as well. I didn’t have any on hand, and the plastic bags worked fine.

Now, place all the secured stems back into the bowl and fill in around the pots with more plastic bags or tissue paper. Because the bowl is deep, you want to add filler to the bottom of the bowl to avoid using an excess of spanish moss. Once the bowl is relatively full, layer spanish moss over the plastic and terra cotta pots. I used natural spanish moss as a first layer and then green spanish moss over the top. Be sure to cover all exposed plastic .

Faux Orchid Arrangement to Decorate a Coffee Table in the middle of a room

Coffee Table Decorations viewed from all angles

The challenge of a centrally located coffee table is decorating it to be viewed from all angles. The orchid floral arrangement works really well in this spot.

How to Decorate a Coffee Table in the middle of a room with faux orchids

The coffee table is easily viewed from the front entrance of the farmhouse.

Coffee Table Decorations

There isn’t a doorway that doesn’t have a great view of the coffee table.

Decorating a Coffee Table

Here is a view from last summer when the coffee table was decorated with crept myrtle stems.

Fresh Flowers in wooden bowl

Other Seasonal Views of the Coffee Table Decorations

The coffee table gets constantly updated each season. Here are a few of the seasonal changes that have occurred recently.

The wooden bowl looks lovely and smells just as good with lilacs and ironstone from this spring.

Fresh Lilacs in wooden bowl for coffee table decorations

This vintage wooden tool box is also a favorite for the center of the coffee table.

Christmas is the perfect time to fill the bowl with lots of festive treasures.

Christmas view of coffee table decorations

To see how the side table was transformed, click here.

Fall brings out the amber bottles and cozy candles.

Amber bottle fill the wooden bowl on the coffee table

A thanksgiving theme fills the coffee table bowl last fall. You can see more details about the living area and how to shop my home here.

Fall Coffee table decorations

Early spring is enhanced by the addition of topiaries and a collection of green bottles.

Spring coffee table decorations

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Thank you so much for stopping by today. I appreciate your input and comments.

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Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 28th of May 2021

I always love to see how you style your coffee table for the seasons. So beautiful!

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Kim, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 27th of May 2021

Always love seeing style this coffee table.

Great flowers

Thursday 27th of May 2021

Cindy, Thanks so much. I appreciate you for stopping by.

Marlene Stephenson

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

You always have the nicest things to decorate with love that bowl and flowers.

Thursday 27th of May 2021

Marlene, I appreciate you for your encouragement.


Wednesday 26th of May 2021

So beautiful! I like the way you styled the bowl. Thanks for the tutorial. Enjoy you Memorial Day weekend! Suzanne

Thursday 27th of May 2021

Suzanne, Thanks so much. So glad you like it.

Va in NC

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

OH WOW! Just love your talents and that you share...especially enjoyed all the additional ways you used that beautiful bowl. Gives me so much to think about. What is your paint source for all the items you have used white on. Thank you.

Thursday 27th of May 2021

I really appreciate your comments. The white paint is almost always Old White from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.