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In most living spaces, you’ll find comfortable couches surrounding a center table known as a coffee table! The name “coffee table” was heard first in the 1920s because most tables of this type are lower in height and provided a great place to put your coffee. However, since then, this functional surface has become so much more and works for a strong surface for displaying your favorite items and personality.  

The challenge is styling your coffee table in a way that shows off your personal style while avoiding a cluttered and full appearance.

Start With A Base

 Like any good project or styling challenge, whatever you start with usually sets the tone for the entire look. In this case, using a decorative tray works as a great base for styling your coffee table as it provides a new layer of dimension to the table and allows your items to be contained while still looking great. Consider low or high style trays, something from a local vintage shop or a brand new glossy tray that demands attention.

Mix Up The Size

When you’re deciding on items to display on the coffee table, you want to make sure to find a balance when it comes to the size of each item. Avoid going with many heavy, chunky items as it can make the table feel crowded and cluttered. For the perfect balance, create a mix of items in different sizes to create a beautiful arrangement that won’t overshadow the table or the surrounding room.

Rotate Often

Once you’ve decided on a look and mix of items for your coffee table display, don’t feel like your design is permanent.  By rotating items every so often and changing out certain pieces depending on the season, it can refresh your coffee table’s display without much work. This is also a great guideline to follow when you decided to use natural or fresh items like plants and flowers.

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