In this post, A Fall Coffee Table – 3 Ways, I want to share with you 3 different ideas for creating a fall vignette for a coffee table. And what I really want to focus on is how easy it is to build a seasonal vignette by using decorating accessories you already own and use every day. Even if you DON’T have these particular pieces, you can easily swap out and incorporate pieces you already own.
And sometimes simple and uncomplicated is so much more festive than ‘over the top’. Sometimes over the top is just …over the top!
So, let’s create a few different vignettes that are easy to put together, and then easy to take apart and put away.
Fall Coffee Table Vignette #1
This first vignette is made up of 2 shallow square baskets nestled together.
The space in between the baskets is filled with a leaf garland. And in the center of the inside basket I placed a white pitcher filled with a few fall branches. The everyday items are the two baskets and the white pitcher. The ‘fall’ items are just some fall branches and a fall garland. I keep my fall garlands, even when they start to fall apart, for exactly this purpose.
This could also be created using a basket on a tray, or even 2 trays nestled together.
The white pitcher is not mandatory; you could use a metal pitcher, a pretty vase, or even just a beautiful bowl filled with small orange pumpkins or white baby boos. If needed, place the bowl on top of a couple of books or small pieces of wood to elevate it.
For a little bling, you could weave in a strand of fairy lights either in the bowl of fruit, or in the garland, …. Or both!!
Fall Coffee Table Vignette #2
I am a little reluctant to call this next vignette farmhouse, because I lay no claim to using farmhouse style in my home. Nonetheless, I think the tool tote, and the black and white buffalo check does give this vignette a little bit of a farmhouse feel.
This second vignette is a made up of a tool tote and happy combination of pears and pumpkins, both real and faux. A classic fall runner goes down on the coffee table, and the tool tote goes on top of it. I found this tote at a crafts fair, and when I bought it, it had been painted kind of a flat, dull green. It wasn’t very pretty, and it wasn’t even a very good paint job. I repainted it with this richer, brighter green, so I could use it year-round!
I layered the bottom with wine corks and a few pine cones and mixed together some pears and pumpkins, both real and faux. It seemed to me a little unfinished with just the tool tote on the runner so I added a couple of candleholders and candles.
For the background couch, I put out black and white buffalo check pillows and some fall-colored seed-packet pillows. These elements all have bright and clear oranges, greens and golds. These bright and clear colors stand up well to the black & white because the color values all match
I think what is key here is keeping a tight handle on the colors and their values. Basically, the colors are a true orange, black and green. There are no other colors (apart from the neutral creams and white in the pillows, pumpkins and candles) so it’s a very small group of colors. And there are no ‘versions’ of orange, green and black; just clear, strong values of color.
Now, for the options. A long narrow basket, or a dough bowl would be perfect replacements for the tool tote filled with petite orange and white pumpkins. For a runner, you could use a folded-up fall print tablecloth. The candleholders don’t need to be a white neutral; wood or even black candleholders would work too. If you already have fall pillows that work well with the colors in the tool tote or basket, great. If not, stick with a background of light, neutral pillows and throws, so you are still staying within the range of colors.
Fall Coffee Table Vignette #3
This last vignette uses a cloche, a candle on a pedestal, a vase or pitcher with fall branches and a pumpkin or a small bowl. These are all sitting on a simple, basic runner. I have 4 of these neutral, sisal-type runners that I use year-round!
I didn’t even use a tray for this vignette. I started with the cloche, positioned the candleholder and the candle on the base of the cloche, and then put the top over them. You can also add a little garland of berries or bittersweet around the bottom for texture and color. Or wrap some fall ribbon around the candle and tie a bow!
Right out of the gate, let me just say, you don’t need the cloche. You can just bring in the candleholder and the candle, but in that case, I would recommend a taller candleholder and candle. Of the 3 3 elements of this vignette, this is high level piece.
Fill a medium-sized white pitcher with handful of petite fall branches. This is your middle level piece. Position the pitcher next to the cloche at a little bit of angle… play around with the placement of everything to create a rhythm of height and volume. As above, the white pitcher is not mandatory. You could use a medium-sized vase, a mason jar, or a metal container of some kind, filled with some autumnal leaves, berries or blossoms.
For a low-level filler, a petite ceramic or real pumpkin of some kind would work. So would a smaller bowl with a variety of harvest fruit, harvest berries, wine corks, petite pine cones, or even a mixed combination of those natural elements.
As a recap, each of these vignettes calls for everyday items: trays, bowls, candleholders and candles, vases or pitchers, tool totes, dough bowls, or baskets.
The only real “fall” items are branches, some fall fruit or pumpkins, and some fall garlands or leaves. For some other ideas to create fall vignettes, read this post called A Simple Fall Vignette 5 Ways, and also this post about colors, How to Decorate Using Alternative Fall Colors. I seem to have an obsession with white pitchers this fall..here are some more white pitchers – 2019 Bright and Airy Fall Living Room .
One of my favorite Fall home Tours this year has been “Fall Mantel With Muted Classic Colors” over at Sincerely Marie Designs. This post highlights her mantel but there are some photos of her coffee table as well. She has such a gift for simple and beautiful vignettes.
I hope these 3 fall coffee table vignettes feed your creativity or give you some inspiration to display some seasonal highlights in your home. There are only 2 rules here: Rule #1 – play around, move it around, swap items in and out. It’s really the best way to arrive at a look that makes your heart happy. Rule #2: Do only what makes your heart happy!
Happy Fall from our home to yours!
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