I mean, duh... the most important part. I went through about 4 different coffee table until I finally found my perfect one. I like for my table to have levels. Either 2 or 3. Mine obviously has two. On the top, I have a stack of books, with most of my candles, and the bottom portion is a little simpler. Still a stack of books, but thinner ones, and only one candle with a few other pieces.
The color of your coffee table books have a lot to do with the look of your living room. Even though I have a beige wall, with white and taupe pillows... If I had bright pink books, with some blue and purple ones in there, the neutral scheme wouldn't even show, since it would basically be drowned out by the bright and colorful pieces on my coffee table. I went with all black and white books, with one blush pink book.
Candles are always a must for me. So much so, that I have 6 candles on my coffee table. Five on the top and one on the bottom. I'm a huge fan of Jo Malone candles, especially because they match my color scheme. The one I have is Sweet Almond & Macaroon. I am also LOVING the candles from Sweet Water Decor. The "Cinnamon Rolls" candle is my absolutely favorite + the labels are too cute!
This one is a must for the candles. I have a square white marble tray on the top AND a round rose gold one on the bottom. Two is definitely not necessary, and I never planned on two, but I like how it looked. Having a rectangle table, I went with a square tray. I had a rentable one, but I didn't like how it looked. I feel like you have to do a different shape from your table for the tray. However, if you're putting the tray in the middle of the table, (let's say on mine,) THEN that's when I would go with the rectangle tray. But since I put mine off center, I liked the opposite shape.
I feel like the books of your coffee table are the most important part. The big Tom Ford book is definitely a household favorite for many. It's black and white and ugh, I just love it. Yes, it's a pricey one, and I never wanted to splurge on it, so Cody surprised me with it one day and it has been my absolute favorite piece on the table, since. Finding the books to put on the table was my favorite part of styling. I tried going for all fashion related books, and then I have one decor book, being "Elements of Style" .....which all perfectly relate back to my blog, being that it's a fashion and decor blog. So find books that relate to your life and bring out your personal style.
This part is fun! I have marble coasters, a small pineapple, and a rose gold pen... I don't have too many little knick knacks, but some fun ones I have seen people add are like... a little match box, a journal, novelty pieces, a ring dish, and any other fun things you may find in a home decor store.
Flowers in some type of vase are a great way to add a piece with height on your table. I put a flower vase in the marble tray with the candles so that it didn't look weird with a bunch of candles all the same height. The flower vase finished it off and basically just made the whole try of candles look right. Opposite of the marble tray, is the Tom Ford book with 3 small books on top of it. To add height to this area, I took a candle jar that was cleaned out of all the wax, and put a flower in it... which finished that area off for me. On the bottom inside the rose gold tray, I was stumped on what put in here, so I didn't just have another tray of candles, so I put just one white candle and a little pineapple piece that is a little taller than the candle. Very simple and not too crowded.