How to Invest on Timeless Furniture That Isn't Made From Wood

There are so many stylish (and durable!) options out there.

Updated 10/28/19
a gray kitchen with open shelves
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One question we hear often in the design world is How do I make sure this piece of wood furniture will match my wooden floors/table/chairs? Sure, it's no secret that wood is at the core of furniture building and very much needed for a number of reasons, but here's the thing: It can also overwhelm a room if there's too much of it. Consider this; a room with medium-toned wood floors, a medium-toned table and chairs, and a matching console table or buffet—all of a sudden, there isn't much left in the room to break up the monotony. They may match each other, but they do little to enhance the overall character of the room.

The solution is twofold. First, instead of asking yourself if a piece will match the other wood finishes in your room, look for items that are at least three shades lighter or darker—as explained by designer Katie Hodges: "By mixing wood and color tones, you allow each item to be distinguished and keep the space feeling light," she says. The second solution: Break up all your wood furniture with pieces in any other material or finish; think brass, metal, marble, concrete, even leather. Ahead, discover our favorite pieces of furniture that are anything but wood. 

IKEA Gladom Tray Table
IKEA Gladom Tray Table $20
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At only $30, this powder-coated metal table packs a punch. It's a fun alternative from regular wooden side tables and adds a much-needed dose of color to stark spaces.

marble coffee table
West Elm Marble-Topped Pedestal Coffee Table $699 $559
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Don't want a wood coffee table? Pick a glamorous piece instead like this stunning marble-topped coffee table that will work well with any style aesthetic.

Blu Dot Dang TV Stand
Blu Dot Dang TV Stand $999 $799
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This white painted TV stand also features a perforated front, steel legs, and brass handles that add a unique edge to what's an otherwise utilitarian piece of furniture. Use black décor accents to make the piece pop.

Modern By Dwell Magazine Side Table
Modern By Dwell Magazine Side Table $103
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Not all wood finishes are bad—this black table from Dwell Magazine is sleek, chic and very versatile.

&Tradition Palette Desk
&Tradition Palette Desk $3750
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Opt for mixed materials with this &Tradition desk featuring a green stained top, brass shelf, and steel legs. Top it with gold stationery and desk accessories to make the color pop.

Menu Cage Side Table
Menu Cage Side Table $280
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Marble is always a good idea. Swap a wood side table for this stunning number that looks like piece of art!

Muuto Fiber Armchair
Muuto Fiber Armchair $419
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Don't want wood or upholstered chairs? This Muuto design comes in a variety of colors and is a fun alternative to regular chairs.

Blu Dot Note Side Table
Blu Dot Note Side Table $299 $239
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Add a pop of color to your bedroom or living room with this sleek table from Blu Dot. It's modern, it's chic and it's very eye-catching!

Rattan Side table
Corrigan Studio Dukinfield Glass Side Table $520
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Not a fan of wood? Rattan is another great (and very on-trend) material that's perfect to add summer vibes to your space all year round.

side table
West Elm Hera Side Table $199 $159
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There's something quite modern yet chic about this stark white side table from West Elm. Grab two to prop on either side of the sofa or place one by the coffee table for extra surface space to stack books or a planter.

McGee & Co Moore Bar Stool
McGee & Co Moore Bar Stool $460
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Leather and metal bar stool? Yes, please. This number from McGee & Co is a stylish departure from classic bar stools.

Umbra Shift Tiered Coffee Table
Umbra Shift Tiered Coffee Table $500
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Why be boring with your coffee table? This blue option by Umbra Shift is both functional and eye-catching.

side table
CB2 Stitch Leather Round Storage Side Table $449
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Nothing says classy like leather. This beautiful leather side table with storage is a masculine touch to your living room, while also keeping it clutter-free.

Metal Cabinet
Greyleigh Murchison Metal and Glass Cabinet Bar Cart $430
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Even cabinets don't have to be wood—try this metal and glass piece that uber industrial with a touch of chic. It's a great way to show-off prized possessions while also maximizing storage space.

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