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How to Style Your Coffee Table So It Always Looks Interesting

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Yes, a coffee table exists for function more than anything. You need a place to put your drinks, after all. But the table is also an opportunity to create a vignette in your living room. You could just stack some books on there and call it a day, but you’re better than that. Whether you prefer some organized chaos or want things as minimal as they could be, these coffee tables will get you inspired to go restyle yours.

1Switch Up the Heights
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The key to any good coffee table is a variety, of both texture and height. Here, Dan Mazzarini keeps things interesting by stacking books next to a candelabra and a vase of fresh flowers on a simple white coffee table.

2Think Outside The Box
white cylinder coffee tables

Instead of a big coffee table, use heavy, sculptural cylinders, which can be easily moved around. Then, add colorful accents like flowers and books to stand out pop against the white base.

3Small Can Be Mighty
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If you’re working with a teeny tiny table, like a pouf, limit yourself to one, maybe two items. All you need is a mini vase of flowers and you’re set.

See more at Emily Henderson.

4Make It Storage!
neutral modern living room with open doors

Another coffee table win by Dan Mazzarini: This table serves as storage for floor cushions which provide extra seating!

5Add Some Greenery
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Want an indoor plant on your table but can’t keep one alive to save your life? Succulents are the answer to bring a little fresh energy to your table.

See more at Sugar & Cloth.

6Stack It Up
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Stack books and place decorative objects, like bowls or a vase of flowers, on top of each. Individual stacks will help make it feel more compact and less cluttered.

See more at Amber Interiors.

7Add a Runner
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If you’ve got an upholstered coffee table, like an ottoman, try using a runner to play with patterns. You could add a tray on top if you want, but it’ll add enough visual interest on its own.

See more at A House In The Hills.

8Get Lit
oversize lantern

An oversize lantern is decorative, but also functional. It’s a cool, unique alternative to a basic coffee table candle.

9Organize Clutter
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Use your coffee table to show off your collections: boxes, books, and even artwork. Guests will want to examine everything.

10Be a Bookworm
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Finally—put all those gifted coffee table books to use. If you want to break it up, add boxes or a tray.

See more at Amber Interiors.

11Try a Tray
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Large coffee tables don’t feel so massive when you layer on a tray. It helps breaks up the surface.

12Get Back To Nature
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Incorporate objects that are elemental and natural, like these antique wooden bowls and the horn magnifying glass. They add history to a room as well as beauty.

13Go Simple
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When in doubt, keep it simple. All you need is a small vase of flowers to add some color and keep your space from feeling too stark.

14Double Up
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Two drum tables take the place of one big coffee table in this Napa Valley living room. They’re better for traffic flow than one of those huge knee-knockers, and easily moved to wherever they’re needed.

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