Furnishing a living room often feels like running down a checklist: sofa, accent chair, coffee table, side table, lamp, TV stand. But if you’re looking for a simple way to get a slightly more interesting look for your space, it might be time to give that list a second glance. All the elements in a living room serve a functional purpose, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up a little when it comes to style. Choosing slightly out-of-the-box pieces will instantly add visual interest and vitality to your space, without sacrificing functionality.
Why It Works: This living room by REVENY makes one small but simple change to the standard living room fare that makes all the difference: instead of a conventional wide, low coffee table, it uses two tall, lean, staggered nesting tables. Functionally, there’s no difference at all: it’s about the same amount of surface space, so other than not being able to kick your feet up on the edge quite as comfortably, nothing is lost by making the change. But the tables themselves – by virtue of being just a little bit oddball, a little bit asymmetrical, and right smack dab in the middle of the living room – give the space a fresh and unique feel. Nesting tables also usually come in threes, and this set is no exception: the third table is just used as an end table rather than as part of the “coffee table.” This is another ingenious move, because it helps give the space a very simple visual theme, carrying the industrial iron and reclaimed wood throughout the space (and coordinating it with the factory style bar stool, which in turn bridges the living room and the kitchen).
Get The Look: The best part of this simple, stylish upgrade is that it doesn’t require a full remodel or an extensive replacement of your furniture. Sure, the denim couch and matching rug and pillows, gray accent wall, and honey-toned wood floors help add to the urban modern feel of the space, but it’s the nesting tables and bar chair that are the real eye-catchers, and that can easily be swapped out with your existing pieces to liven up your living room.