When in doubt, add some circles!

January 30, 2017

The new coffee table arrived for the living room and I can't wait to show it to you! First though, the reason why I went with this particular table. 

Because I love adding wall treatments around our house, we have a lot of "hard" lines. A lot of squares and rectangles if you will. Plus you add in furniture, which for the most part is the same shape -- and you get a long of corners and not a lot of softness. 

Adding in some circles is the perfect cure for too many lines. :) I try to soften specific spaces that have a lot of horizontal or vertical lines with round items. Sometimes just a wreath will do the trick:
Black glass pantry door

Dark gray fireplace with marble tile

And round light fixtures go a long way to breaking up all the lines in a space: 
DIY built in bookcases

Sometimes something as simple as a round knob does the trick: 
Navy dresser glass knobs

And one of my favorites is a round mirror!: 
round Ikea mirror over console

Planked wood wall on stairs

Starburst mirror over dresser

So when we got the new sofa in the living room a couple weeks ago I knew I wanted to go round for the coffee table. We have round wood table that used to be in that room, but I love it so much we moved it to the family room. :) That's why the rectangle coffee table was out in the living room last time I shared it with you. 

I wanted something round to break up all the lines in this room, but couldn't find anything affordable. At first I wanted a solid round wood table, but the one I feel in love with was about $1300. Uhh, no. :) 

So I kept searching and wouldn't you know -- I found one I loved on Amazon. It's a Sauder glass and metal table
Glass round coffee table

It's got a gold finish and I LOVE IT in this room. It only took a few minutes to put together: 
Glass and metal round coffee table

They also have a black metal version that's $20 cheaper too! 

I think it's lovely in here. The glass and metal keeps things light and bright: 
Neutral living room with blue accents

It also gives it a more grown up feel too. The table is also a little bigger than what we had before -- 36 inches across. This room can take the bigger size just fine. 

As you can see, I've added circles in other ways in this room as well: 
Round glass coffee table

And of course, if all else fails, you can add some in softer shapes with accessories too. Something as simple as a round lampshade or planter helps to break things up: 
glass round coffee table

I've been sharing this room a lot so far this year -- it's such a light and bright space, and I'm just so thrilled with how it's come together over the past month. I have been working on another project so I'll show you that this week too! No more living room for awhile. ;)

As you can see, I decided to stick with the blue pillows in here for now -- they feel right for the spring and summer (a long way off I know). I think the other ones will work well for the second part of the year. 

I'll leave you with a shot from above with the new table. And a hello from Colby: 
two story living room set up

Do you use round items to break up your decor? They go a long way to soften a room and give it a little more interest!

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  1. Where did you get that fabulous rug?! I love your home, btw, & your fireplace built-ins have inspired me to do the same thing to ours this year :)

    1. I was going to ask the same question about the rug! I'd love to know your source...love the whole room - it's come together beautifully!

  2. We redid our tiny bathroom last year and went with the faux shiplap on the walls. So we did a black framed round mirror in the bathroom to break up the horizontal lines. It turned out great! Love that table!

  3. I never thought about this but you're so right. The hints of circles really do break things up nicely.

  4. I think my comment got eaten. That or I hit something wrong. Anyway, love the coffee table! I almost bought the same one. But since I live in a 725 square foot apartment, opted for a round ottoman from Target that has storage inside. Agree about needing circle!

  5. It definitely does soften the lines of the room. Looks fantastic.

  6. I love your use of hard lines with the soft circles in your home. It looks so good!

  7. I love circles too! Is your couch facing the front entryway? I always wonder what the view is from the couch when I see it facing away from the windows of a room....

  8. I could have written this as seriously, I just got a new round coffee table, too, for the exact same reason. I think my husband thought I was making up excuses to get a new one, but it made a huge difference in the room in so many ways.

  9. I never thought of contrasting hard lines with circles in a room. So smart! We are shopping for a coffee table in our apartment and I initially thought a circle shape would not be practical, but I think I prefer it now to a long one. Thanks so much!

  10. Looks great. Love Colby looking up at you. HA!!

  11. Great choice! The coffee tablet looks great!

  12. Love your new coffee table.. and the use of circles is amazing.. thanks for sharing. I did not know if I used circles or not? If so, Not intentional..had no idea.ha So, I went to living room and looked.. and yes, I had quiet a few circles.. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea, Will be looking for rounds now.smile.
    bty... I love , love that your pantry doors are glass and you can see through them.. Gorgeous and brightens the kitchen..

  13. This is such a useful tip! I love the ideas to incorporate them. Thank you!

  14. I am always so impressed with your DIY skills- very inspiring! And I absolutely love following the progress and your changing taste over the years. Have you thought of using smaller lamps on the chest so that the artwork is more visible? Wonder how that would look... I'm always tinkering. ��


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