How to display it: This vase has such a striking pattern, it can hold its own without further accessories. If incorporating other accents, opt for those in natural textures. Polished woods, woven seagrass low baskets or trays, clay decorative objects, and even white shells pair nicely with the earthy shades within the motif.
How to display it: At 11.25″ in height, this shapely sculpture should be the tallest element on the table — all the better to draw the eye to the graceful form. Candles in metal or glass containers, low stacks of art books, pieces of driftwood or petrified wood, and modern bud vases are all good options that help visually balance your vignette without distracting from the piece.
How to display it: A tray with an organic shape, like this teardrop-shaped design, helps break up the straight lines of a square or rectangular coffee table. Trays also function as a way to frame decorative elements, so they don’t seem as if they’re “floating” on the table surface. This shallow design can hold anything from fresh citrus fruit to candles, or can just be left bare to best enjoy the subtle imperfections on its surface.
How to display it: Small objets d’art — especially small glass or brass figurines — are ideal for displaying on a coffee table. (They add an unexpected whimsical element that looks far less fussy than when displayed on a shelf as part of a collection.) This petite rabbit can sit atop an artful stack of books, next to a bouquet, or on a tray with other decorative elements. We particularly love placing glass pieces near candles, where they can catch the glimmering light of the flame.
How to display it: Like trays, bowls help frame elements into a vignette. Stones, crystals, decorative spheres, or citrus are the usual choices. However, some bowls are gorgeous enough that they’re even better when kept empty — like this gorgeous vintage design. The bands of yellow and blue add unexpected color to your coffee table while also calling attention to the bowl’s unique shape. Place it atop a low stack of books (or a single thick art book) to create a “pedestal,” then position next to a taller floral arrangement for contrast. (You can also place this vignette inside a roomy tray to bring another shape into this arrangement.)
How to display it: Natural specimens like fossils, shells, minerals, driftwood, and coral function similarly to sculptures in a coffee table setting. Displaying these pieces depends on the size and whether or not they’re mounted on a stand. This particular fossil has a rounded form and lower profile that makes it easier to pair with other accessories. Like the Murano bowl, you could place it on top of books to elevate it slightly, then place it next to a taller element for contrast. You can also use it to fill space in an all-over display of books, plants, candles, and anything else that comes to mind. You really can’t go wrong with this one.