Use these design “rules” to revamp your living room.
1. Consider the shape of your coffee table and style accordingly.
A round tray paired with a rectangular coffee table is a match made in heaven.
2. Adopt the rule of three.
Odd-number groupings are more pleasing to the eye.
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3. Use a serving tray as a base.
Corral your decor items in a more put-together way.
4. You can never go wrong with a stack of books.
Coffee table books can be expensive — pick them up at second-hand shops or garage sales.
5. Vary the height of your objects.
This allows the eye to travel and gives the vignette dimension.
6. Use a decorative box to hide remotes.
Pretty and functional!
7. Change out your decor seasonally.
If you live in a small space, the coffee table is a great spot to add a bit of seasonal flair.
8. Choose a color scheme that suits the rest of your space.
The palette should complement your decor, not distract from it.
9. Integrate greenery (real or faux).
Whether you favor a fresh bouquet of flowers or a succulent that requires little watering, greenery is essential.
10. Don’t overcrowd your coffee table with knick-knacks.
Sometimes less is more.
11. Understand the importance of texture.
Texture adds instant warmth and interest to a space.
12. Simplify the second tier.
Stick to a few stacks of books — otherwise, it may look messy.
13. Don’t block sight lines with too-tall objects.
Because you want to be able to see your house guests when you’re speaking to them.
14. Decorate with items that are meaningful to you.
Display souvenirs from your travels or family heirlooms.
15. Balance is essential.
Don’t push everything over to one side. Ensure that the visual weight of your objects is balanced.
16. Select decor items that look good from all angles.
Pro tip: Avoid picture frames.
17. Choose a loosely-defined theme.
This can be as specific as ‘coastal’ or as broad as ‘black and white.’
18. And lastly, take your time when styling your coffee table.
Don’t just shop the clearance section of Home Goods and call it a day. Take time putting together a vignette that is a true reflection of your personality and style.