How to Style the Best Christmas Decor for Coffee Tables

Elevate your holiday decor game with expert tips on styling the perfect Christmas decor for your coffee tables.

As the holiday season unfolds, there’s nothing quite like festive decorations to fill our homes with joy and magic. Today, I’m excited to invite you into my home and share some tips on creating the perfect inviting atmosphere for Christmas, focusing on one of my favorite spots—the coffee table.

This post is all about how to style the best Christmas decor for coffee tables, the heart of many living rooms and gathering spaces. I’ll share some tips and tricks you can use to add a festive touch to your coffee table. Then, I’ll walk you through three rooms of my home, each adorned with unique Christmas coffee table arrangements.

How to Style the Best Christmas Decor for Coffee Tables

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Today is the Bloggers Best Christmas home tour hosted by my friend Kelly @the tatteredpew. This is the best post of the year, where you can view many blogger’s home decor. If you have come over from Amy’s @amysadlerdesigns, I am sure you loved her rustic Christmas decor as much as I did. If you know me, you know I love anything rustic.

snippets of several bloggers' homes for the holidays.

How to Decorate a Coffee Table for Christmas

Decorating your home with Christmas decorations is a wonderful way to create a festive atmosphere. Whether decorating a Christmas tree, styling your dining room table, or creating a gorgeous Christmas mantel, there are so many possibilities to add cheer this time of year.

One area that often gets overlooked is the coffee table. If you are wondering how to make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece that will make your coffee table look amazing, here are some design tips to consider:

1. Start with a theme

Before you start decorating, deciding on a theme or color scheme for your coffee table decor is a good idea. You may use traditional Christmas colors like red, green, gold, and silver. You could opt for a winter wonderland theme, using different colors such as whites, blues, and silvers, or you could choose a natural theme using neutral colors, as I did this year.

Wooden Jingle bells sitting on a sled in front of a Christmas Tree in a wooden box.

2. Use a tray as a base

A decorative coffee table tray can serve as a foundation for your display. It helps keep items grouped together and creates a structured look. A tray is also a great way to incorporate different textures, such as wood, wicker, or metal.

A wood tray sitting on an ottoman in the family room in the process of creating a vignette for Christmas.Two Christmas trees in the background.

3. Layer different heights

Create visual interest by using items of varying heights. Mix tall candles, medium-sized figurines or ornaments, and shorter decorative pieces like small trees or greenery.

4. Incorporate natural elements

Bring the outdoors in by adding natural elements like pinecones, evergreen sprigs, pine branches, holly berries, or a small wreath. These simple items evoke a cozy, rustic feel.

A wood tray sitting on an ottoman in the family room in the process of creating a vignette for Christmas. I have started with a few old books stacked for height and a tree in a holiday greens container.
The family room coffee table decor is in progress, with greenery, books, and a sisal tree on top of a wood tray.

5. Candles and lights

Candles, string lights, or tea lights in themed candle holders or lanterns can add warmth and a soft glow to the display. Incorporating lighting elements is a simple way to add a touch of elegance to your living space.

Moss mushrooms, pinecone candles, and greenery sit on top of botanical books for a natural coffee table decoration.
Glowing candles amongst the white cyclamen and hydrangeas on a rustic table setting for Christmas.

6. Add ornaments or baubles

Place a few Christmas ornaments or natural oranges with cloves in a decorative bowl or glass vase and set it in the center of the coffee table. This is an easy way to add color and sparkle to the arrangement and tie it into your theme.

oranges in a bowl decorated with cloves for holiday decoration
A large wooden mushroom sits among a few bottle brush trees and ornaments for my rustic table setting.

7. Books or seasonal magazines

Create a small stack of Christmas books or magazines to get your table in the holiday spirit. They can add height and provide a surface for other decorative elements, such as candles or floral arrangements. They also look pretty when styled with a string of wooden beads.

A side bar in the dining room is decorated with natural colors and elements for the holidays. Lots of fresh greenery, pinecones, and natural pottery layered with old books and crocks.

8. Personal touches

Incorporate a personal touch like a family photo in a festive picture frame or handmade Christmas tree ornaments to make the display feel special and unique to your home.

Dried oranges add a touch to a Christmas coffee table.

9. Consider scented elements

Use scented candles or essential oil diffusers with Christmas scents like pine, cinnamon, or spiced apple to create a holiday atmosphere.

10. Be mindful of space

Avoid overcrowding the coffee table with Christmas decor. Leave enough space for drinks or snacks when entertaining guests. While creating a festive spirit is fun, it also needs to be practical to accommodate your daily routine.

11. Rotate decorations

If you have a vast collection of holiday decor like I do, consider rotating items throughout the season to keep your coffee table display fresh and exciting.

As you start decorating the coffee table in your own home, remember that there are no strict rules – let your creativity shine, mix in personal touches, and most importantly, savor the joy that each carefully chosen item brings.

Now, armed with these tips, let’s step into my home and see my Christmas coffee table decor ideas come to life.

My Christmas Coffee Table Decor

There are three different coffee tables I styled in my home to spread some festive cheer this Christmas season.

As we explore, you will see there is a theme to my tables. They all feature a neutral color palette and lots of natural materials.

We’ll start in the formal living room, then move next door to the sitting room, and finish our tour in the cozy family room.

Living Room Holiday Coffee Table

Explore the beauty of nature's color palette by incorporating natural hues and tones into your Christmas coffee table decor for a harmonious display! 🎨🍂 #NaturalColors #HolidayPalette
An up-close image of a glass coffee table that is decorated for Christmas with a moss Christmas tree, fresh greenery, a few wood houses, and a white swan.

The neutral and natural theme works beautifully in my blue and white living room.

For this holiday masterpiece, I started by creating a cone tree out of moss, then added some gorgeous rustic birdhouses.

I also used stacks of books for risers and fresh greenery and Christmas trees to bring in a variety of colors and textures.

Long tapered candles add height and a bit of glow, while the white swan is the perfect touch to complete the festive table.

A view of a blue and white living room with a natural Christmas theme. The coffee table is decorated with moss trees, wood birdhouses, greenery, and a swan. The natural white flocked Christmas tree is decorated with dried hydrangeas, white ornaments, and hanging candles.

Other Christmas table decorations such as ceramic houses. bottle brush trees, and white garland are also great ideas to incorporate if you have them on hand.

Sitting Room Coffee Table Decor

A coffee table decorated with a wicker basket, a white swan, miniature Christmas trees, moss mushrooms, pinecones, old books, and candles.

This room sits adjacent to the living room, so sticking with the same theme is essential.

The coffee table in my sitting room is a vintage cart that has a lot of rustic texture and charm.

To decorate it, I started with a wicker tray that adds a nice contrast of texture. Then, I added a Christmas tree with twinkle lights, a wooden vase, and an old white goose.

Keeping with the natural theme, I brought in some moss mushrooms I had made in the spring, along with a few botanical books and pinecones. The Christmas display on my sitting room coffee table reminds me of a wintry forest scene I could curl up in.

Moss mushrooms, pinecone candles, and greenery sit on top of botanical books for a natural coffee table decoration.
A round wicker basket filled with pine cones, a small Christmas tree, and a swan for Christmas.

In the same room, I have a small table off to the side by the window. This table has a simple arrangement of stacked books that I picked up at the thrift store. To make them even more interesting, I removed their covers to expose the binding. I also added a touch of greenery and a moss ball to carry through the theme and a wooden vase filled with vintage paper rolled up and tied with twine.

A small display of old vintage books stacked on a side table with a moss ball and greenery. A candle tops it off with its amber glow.

Family Room Christmas Coffee Table

My coffee table in the family room is a large ottoman that I drape with a throw and top with a styled wood tray. This tray is 22″ and was a bargain for under $25.00. I use it all year long.

This year, I have tried two different styles, one with a rustic sleigh filled with wooden trees, greenery, and pinecones. The other is the same wooden tray with simple decorations of a sisal tree, a stack of books, and a gingerbread house. These simple ideas bring a festive look to the cozy room.

A family room with Two Christmas trees, a fireplace with stockings, and a sign hanging above the fire that says sleigh rides. The coffee table is draped with blankets and a tray rilled with Christmas decor.
A miniature wooden vintage sleigh painted white filled with greenery, pinecones, and wooden trees.
A coffee table tray filled with greenery, books, a gingerbread house, a sisal tree, a sweet lamb, and a candle.

Meanwhile, a side table nearby showcases a large paper Christmas tree taking center stage.

large paper christmas tree as decor in the family room

Which of these Christmas coffee tables is your favorite? I have a hard time choosing – I love them all! The neutral colors and natural elements in my decor are so versatile and fun to work with.

As our journey through Christmas decor for coffee tables ends, I hope you’ve found inspiration and excitement to infuse your home with the magic of the season. Remember, it’s not just about the decorations; it’s about creating moments and memories that last a lifetime.

Christmas trees in the family room decorated with green and gold decor ideas

Before we close, I’d love to extend an invitation to explore more holiday magic on my blog. Whether it’s Christmas tablescape ideasDIY Christmas tree ideas, or delicious recipes to delight your taste buds, there’s a treasure trove of Christmas joy waiting for you.

Now it’s time to move on to my friend Rachel’s home @thepondsfarmhouse. If you love vintage decor, you are in for a treat, so click on over to see what she has to share. In addition, you can click on the links below to see several other blogger’s homes decorated for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by!


Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best 2023 Holiday Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each home tour by clicking the links below. Enjoy!

Monday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Monday

The Tattered Pew // StoneGable // Worthing Court Blog

Southern Home and Hospitality // Our Crafty Mom // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

A Life Unfolding // Living Large In a Small House // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Bricks ‘n Blooms // Cottage In the Mitten

Wednesday’s Tours

Bloggers' Best Holiday Home Tour Wednesday

WM Design House // The Ponds Farmhouse // Shiplap and Shells

Simply 2 Moms // Robyn’s French Nest // Amy Sadler Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Midwest Life and Style // White Arrows Home // White Lilac Farmhouse

DIY Beautify // Thistle Key Lane

Friday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Pasha Is Home // This Is Simplicite

Decor to Adore // Le Cultivateur // Peacock Ridge Farm

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  1. Oh Wendy! Everything is absolutely stunning. I love them all. I love the organic, rustic vibes throughout it all. Simply beautiful. Happy holidays friend. XO- MaryJo

    1. Hi Marjo. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you are surviving the holiday season well.

  2. It’s always so much fun to see coffee styling tips, especially at Christmas. Love all your beautiful holiday details, Wendy. Happy holidays.

    1. Thank you, Kim, I hope you are enjoying the season.

  3. You are right, it is difficult to pick just one. I am loving the wood bells this year, and your fireplace looks stunning! I think my favorite though is the paper tree, so simple, yet beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend Wendy!

    1. Thank you so much, Cara. I have been down and out again with the flu; I just can’t seem to catch a break. I hope you are doing well and enjoying the holiday season.

  4. They’re all just gorgeous, Wendy, but think I love the factory cart vignette the best; so woodsy. Thanks for the lovely tour!

    1. Thank you Lora, that seems to be a favorite of many!

  5. I love your moss covered Christmas tree topiaries. They are gorgeous. Such a great idea. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Renae! I made them several years ago and still love them.

  6. Stacy Ling says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  7. Wendy, your home looks beautiful and so many pretty tables! You know I love those large pinecones. My favorite! Pinned. Happy holidays, friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! next time I take that trip you will be getting a giant box of pinecones, I promise.

  8. Such a great post, Wendy. Love how you styled your coffee tables. They are beautiful!

  9. Libbie Burling says:


    Your home is BEAUTIFUL, and I love all the pretty organic touches. It’s hard to say what I love the most! Pinning for inspiration for next year.
    Happy holidays, my friend! xx

    1. Thank you so much Libby! Happy Holidays to you as well.

    1. Thank you, Laura. It is always a treat to tour with you as well. XO

  10. Happy Holidays Wendy! Your coffee tables look amazing, I love how you incorporated so much greenery to give them a natural feel.

    1. Thank you so much. Glad we could tour together.

  11. It is all beautiful! Your style is amazing, and I absolutely love your Christmas decor! Always so fun to collaborate with you, friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Robyn. It was a nice change to go with the neutral decor this year.

  12. SO many pretty ideas, Wendy! I’m also so inspired by all of your creative styling and unique decor. Thank you for sharing and happy to be touring with you this week. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Jen. I appreciate you stopping by. I can’t wait to see your home tour tomorrow.

  13. Wendy, these are all lovely ideas, and I love the sled by your tree! Wishing you a joyous Christmas season, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia. I, too, love that old sled. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  14. Stunning as always Wendy! I love the natural, woodland theme of your home this year. So much great inspiration in the amazing homes on this tour.

    1. Thank you, Lynn. Quite the opposite of what I did last year, but we are enjoying it a lot.

  15. Wendy your home is tip-top gorgeous! I’ve never thought of doing our coffee table. Probably because of the mister’s feet but I love it! You’ve inspired me to remove the single tiny tree sitting by the remotes. I wonder what the hubs is going to say. Oh well, I already have a response. LOL!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I hope the Hubs will learn to live with your new decor. LOL

  16. Just gorgeous, Wendy! Those wooden trays are completely amazing!! I love how you took the time to really think through each of your coffee table displays. Beautiful as always!!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. I am really enjoying the decor this year, it is very soothing with the neutral colors.

  17. Wendy, every little thing is gorgeous. You have such a creative talent for bringing it all together! I’m in love with your woodland vibe! Happy Week!

    1. Thank you so much Debra. I have enjoyed the natural theme this year I just read your post, love the title greenery and guest, so darn cute.
      I have a few of those guests, I will have to add one to a basket.

  18. Everything looks beautiful Wendy! I am sure that your family and friends will enjoy every minute in these thoughtfully decorated rooms.
    Happy Holidays.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth; I am so glad you stopped by today. Are you all decorated and ready for the festivities to begin?

  19. Wendy,
    I love seeing all your coffee tables. The vintage cart was my favorite with the moss mushrooms but they were all stunning. Great tour.

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. I, too, love my vintage cart in the coastal sitting room. It is always fun to tour with you.
      I wish you and your beautiful family a great holiday season.

  20. Oh, I’m in love with your sitting room!! This coastal gal is crushing over your vintage boat paintings & the decor on the coffee table is just perfect!!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I was fortunate to inherit those from my mom.

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