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9 Designer Tips For Styling Your Boring Coffee Table

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Apr 18 4 minutes read

What are your guidelines when choosing your home appliances?

Picking the best appliances for your home (new or otherwise!) is challenging, especially when faced with an array of options. And while it’s easy to turn a blind eye and go crazy overspending on Smart appliances with the newest technology, it’s always best to go for the ones that best fit your home–literally and figuratively– and your “true” needs.

From finding dishwater to simplify cleaning to deciding on a fridge that stores all types of fresh produce, think of your home appliances as your closest helpers in supporting your family.

Here are our 9 Tips for Choosing the Best Appliances for Your Home.

Keep the Balance

A collection of small knick-knacks can make your coffee table look like a cluttered surface, and displaying ONLY large items can make it look heavy and cumbersome. So, to keep your coffee table balanced, vary the scale of your display items or stack like objects together.

Form a Grid

Are you working with an oversized coffee table? Knowing where to begin is already half the battle, so consider taping off sections to form a grid and position objects within the squares. Doing so will help sectionalize your styling and make the task less intimidating.

Seasonal Swap-Outs are Helpful

We all know that coffee tables are a living room’s focal point, so use them to rotate seasonal decorative elements. Put out an elegant vase of fresh tulips in Spring or place a sea conch on a stack of books for beachy vibes. Come Fall, swap out the shell for a pumpkin or gourd. The choices are endless!


High and Low  

Displaying items at the same eye level makes it hard for them to get noticed. To create a more eye-catching vignette, make sure to vary the height and scale of your coffee table’s decorative objects.

Three is Key 

The age-old rule of threes comes in handy, even when styling your coffee table! Divide your tabletop into three sections and let it help you decide where things look best. It’s especially applicable for long, rectangular-shaped tables.

Go For a Contrast of Colors  

Always choose decors that play off the color of your coffee table. If your table is in neutral or plain hues, go with bold colors on top. You can showcase metallic and crisp white tabletop items on black or dark wood, and clear tables will be your most versatile bet.

Go, Green

You don’t have to be a green thumb to put small, low-maintenance plants on your coffee table. Set it right in the center for an organic, fuss-free way to bring life into your living room.

Trays are a Good Addition

Trays are both practical and stylish as it showcases your favorite small finds while making them easily removable for a clean surface for entertaining. It also gives structure and symmetry to a freeform table, as it anchors tabletop items that may feel like they’re floating otherwise.


Check All the Angles

Always consider how a coffee table item looks from multiple vantage points when buying. Picture frames, for instance, will only offer one good angle and will be better suited for bookcases or mantels. 

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