Thanks to the versatility and impermanence of coffee table accessories, you can really feel free to go bold here. Try adding a dose of color in the books you stack up, the vases you put in place and in the florals you set out, either on special occasions or just because.
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Coffee table books have been a mainstay in home styling. What makes them such a classic choice? They add much-needed height to the rest of the objects on your coffee table, and also bring in a dose of color that can be switched out on a whim.
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Don't forget to consider height. When all of the accessories on a coffee table are on the same level, the overall look tends to feel forced. Use a variety of objects -- some tall, some short -- to give the table a naturally collected vibe.
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If your coffee table is starting to feel like a chaotic catch all, try adding a large tray that takes up about 1/3 of the surface area. This clearly denotes the display space and leaves the rest of the table looking clean and organized.
If your living room table sports a bonus lower shelf, don't let it collect dust. Make the most of the extra square footage by tucking away family photo albums, a box for the remotes and any other odds and ends that don't deserve the limelight up top.
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A sure fire way to give order and sophistication to your coffee table styling is through a unified color palette. Keep objects all within a similar color tone or color family, and the pieces instantly feel at-home and in harmony with one another.
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Natural elements are an easy way to add panache to your coffee table. Incorporate things like rocks, pieces of sculptural driftwood, or -- when all else fails -- a big vase of fresh flowers, to up the homey vibe of your space.
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Zones are a clear-cut way of giving order to your coffee table styling. Use things like books, bowls and trays to lie out distinct areas, almost like a grid, and put a little separation between objects. This leaves the rest of the table wide open for occasional things, like glasses of water and the television remote.
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Avoid the myth that your table needs to be boxy to make the cut. A round table is easy to maneuver around and offers a unique silhouette that nicely frames anything that you place, stack or arrange on top.
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Coffee table styling can quickly feel forced if the surface area of the table itself is lacking. If your living room allows, go with a coffee table that is 2/3 the size of your couch, that way you have plenty of space to add magazines, plants, remotes and other decorative and everyday objects.
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In small spaces, coffee table styling can quickly add unnecessary visual clutter to the room. Instead, think minimally with your accessories and keep most of the objects within a clean, bright white color palette.
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As you may have picked up, almost anything goes when it comes to coffee table decor. This is a great place for your more prized conversation pieces, so think outside the box. You could use anything from decorative architectural finals, to antique silver urns to ground the look.
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