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Surface Styling 101 – Tips for Decorating All the Surfaces in Your Home

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Surface styling is key in creating a homey, lived-in look! From your coffee table to your nightstand, it’s those final touches that turn a room into an Instagram-worthy interior. But surprisingly enough, it’s these small decorative moments that can be the trickiest things to master.

To help demystify the surface styling process, we’re cracking open our Modsy designers’ playbook and giving you the inside scoop on our best decor ideas.

Ready to give your surfaces the style treatment they deserve? Read on for our best surface decor ideas!

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1. Nightstand

Function is the number one rule to keep in mind when styling your nightstands.

Start with a table lamp – the main event – and then layer on your accessories. Consider a bedside clock (a great alternative to smartphones) alongside other smaller accents like candles, a small plant, vases, and framed photos.

decor ideas2. Dresser

When it comes to decor ideas for your dresser, always start with taller pieces on the outside edges of the dresser. A collection of vases in varying heights, potted plants, or table lamps are great options here.

One you have these “bookends” established, layer in your smaller accent pieces alongside the larger decorative accessories – books, a jewelry box, or candles are all great options!

As far as crowning your dresser, if you need a mirror the place above your dresser is the perfect place. If not, a piece of art you love makes a great focal point.

decor ideas3. Pillows

Pillows are a great way to highlight a sofa, accent chair, or bed and introduce different colors, patterns and textures into your space. Layer your sofa with pillows to create dimension in your room and make your sofa look extra cozy for lounging!

Bonus idea – pillows can be an inexpensive way to change up your decor from season to season. When you get tired of the ones you have, swap in some new ones to totally mix up your look.

decor ideas4. Coffee Table

Books, candles and small decorative objects are the perfect decor ideas for dressing up an empty coffee table.

Keep scale in mind when choosing your accessories. Pieces that are too small will feel insubstantial and make your coffee table seem scattered. Accents that are too large will overwhelm the table and can make your space feel cluttered.

decor ideas5. Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace, odd are it’s the focal point of your living room. This is a great opportunity to make your space shine!

Keep it simple with one large art piece or a mirror, or spice it up with an odd number of decor pieces on each end for a balanced look.

decor ideas6. Bookcase

Built-ins and bookcases don’t have to be packed to the brim with stuff! Styling each shelf with 2-3 decor pieces will help bring the room to life, without adding clutter.

Depending on how wide your shelves are, follow the 3-5 piece rule. The key is to group an odd amount of pieces together and switch up placement on each shelf. Be wary of too much symmetry, which can be distracting and often feel sterile.

Adding smaller pieces of artwork, books, and greenery are an easy way to fill up space and create that amazing, layered look.

decor ideas7. Credenza

Similar to mantels, a grouping of an odd number amount of decor on each end of a credenza or in the middle helps create a balanced look. The trick is to incorporate pieces of varying heights and shapes to keep the look visually interesting.

Credenzas are a great place to hang a large mirror, a statement artwork, or even create a gallery wall moment. Think about topping your credenza with bowls, vases, candles, greenery, books, and mini sculptures.

decor ideas8. Dining Table

No matter the size, all dining tables need some decor love! Consider one statement item, an odd grouping of smaller decorative pieces, or a few candles as quick and easy ways to complete the look.

Some of our favorite centerpiece ideas include bowls, candles and candle holders, vases, and flowers and greens!

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No Coffee Table, No Problem – 7 Things You Can Use Instead

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If you give a living room a sofa, it’ll want a coffee table to go with it. Or at least that’s what those traditional interior design rules say. And it’s true that coffee tables are generally the focal point of your living room. But as these creative coffee table ideas prove, they don’t have to be!

Whether you’re struggling to design a small space, or if you want your living room to be a bit more kid-proof, here are 7 coffee table alternatives that will work in any space.

coffee table ideas – ottomanAlternative #1 – A Plush Ottoman

Ottomans are an awesome coffee table alternative because they can act as a table but are kid-proof! Plus they double as extra seating options so your kids and guests have space to sit!

coffee table ideas - 2 poufsAlternative #2 – A Pair of Poufs

Poufs are another kid-friendly favorite for living room areas. Two poufs can make a perfect replacement for a coffee table and are just right for smaller spaces and for people who like to entertain. They can double as a foot rest, side table, extra seat and more!

coffee table ideas - benchAlternative #3 – Bench

Not a fan of using a large table as your centerpiece? One of our favorite coffee table ideas is to use a bench instead. An attractive wooden or plush bench can add surface space, seating, and even extra storage. Talk about a triple-threat!

coffee table ideas - cluster of side tablesAlternative #4 – Cluster of Side Tables

A coffee table doesn’t always have to be one large table. You can add a cluster of side tables that you can easily move when you are entertaining in order to give your guests an easy place to set their drinks.

coffee table ideas Alternative #5 – Side Tables With Varying Heights

Two small side tables can also be a good alternative for smaller spaces that don’t have room for one large table. Make your space feel less cramped by opting for one short and one taller table. This is one of our favorite coffee table ideas for people who want to make their space feel more dynamic.

coffee table ideas - storage ottomanAlternative #6 – Storage Ottoman

A storage ottoman acts as a seat that can open up in order to store things underneath a lid. It’s great for storing blankets, books, magazines or other things you want to keep handy.

coffee table ideas - c-side tableAlternative #7 – C-Side Table

If you have no room at all you can try a C-side table in order to maximize space in a small room. These are small and easy to move and snuggle up close to your sofa so they don’t take up much floor space. You can also use them as an impromptu desk when you don’t want to leave the sofa to work.

These are just a few suggestions for you to use other pieces of furniture in lieu of a coffee table! What are your favorite coffee table ideas?

 

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