Use these design “rules” to revamp your living room.

1. Consider the shape of your coffee table and style accordingly.

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A round tray paired with a rectangular coffee table is a match made in heaven.

2. Adopt the rule of three.

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Odd-number groupings are more pleasing to the eye.

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3. Use a serving tray as a base.

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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.

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This allows the eye to travel and gives the vignette dimension.

6. Use a decorative box to hide remotes.

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Pretty and functional!

7. Change out your decor seasonally.

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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.

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The palette should complement your decor, not distract from it.

9. Integrate greenery (real or faux).

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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.

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Sometimes less is more.

11. Understand the importance of texture.

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Texture adds instant warmth and interest to a space.

12. Simplify the second tier.

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Stick to a few stacks of books — otherwise, it may look messy.

13. Don’t block sight lines with too-tall objects.

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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.

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Display souvenirs from your travels or family heirlooms.

15. Balance is essential.

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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.

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Pro tip: Avoid picture frames.

17. Choose a loosely-defined theme.

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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.

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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.

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