20 Stylish Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Own Design

It is the center of your living room, after all.

Coffee tables are basically the centerpiece of every living room, they do sit right in the middle of the space after all. But all too often they're forgotten when it comes to decorating. Once they're plopped on top of your meticulously chosen rug they become nothing more than a foot rest and catchall for magazines and remotes.

But a thoughtful design is not only easy to achieve, it makes a huge difference in how your space looks and feels. Not sure where to start? Check out these 20 inspiring — and beautifully designed — options to kick-start your creativity.

1: All White

White Lacquer Coffee Table With Storage

White Lacquer Coffee Table With Storage

A statement piece that offers storage, the multi-functional white lacquer Radford desk from Safavieh can double as a coffee table when the need arises, or even be used as a console table behind a sofa. The height-adjustable desk includes two roomy drawers, refined lines and glossy white crossed legs for a sleek look.

Photo by: Safavieh

2: Coffee Table Books + Flowers

Lacquered Coffee Table With Chrome Legs

Lacquered Coffee Table With Chrome Legs

The coffee table's chrome legs mimic the Greek key pattern of the carpet––a subtle but chic detail that doesn’t go unnoticed in the stylish room.

3: Subdued Colors

Custom Coffee Table

Custom Coffee Table

When the design team couldn't find a coffee table large enough for the living room, they created a custom-sized table by grouping two industrial-looking tables made from rebar and used glass for the top.

4: Lilac Seashells

Elegant Coffee Table Decor

Elegant Coffee Table Decor

Bright and stylish, this living room features sophisticated furnishings and decor. The white stone top coffee table displays a bowl of potpourri, books and a vase of flowers, adding fresh elegance to the design.

Photo by: Pineapple House Interior Design

Pineapple House Interior Design

5: Varying Heights

staircase armchair dresser

staircase armchair dresser

A glass coffee table contains decorative elements like a candlestick, and various vases

Photo by: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan ©Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer)

Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan, Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer)

6: Childhood Classics

Books and Vases on Wooden Coffee Table

Books and Vases on Wooden Coffee Table

Have you kept any beloved books from your childhood or recent favorites? Then pair them by author, topic or color to add personality and height to a coffee table, in an affordable way. Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta uses flowers that remind them of the drawings in the books.

Photo by: Terracotta Design Build

Terracotta Design Build

7: Succulents + Stories

Metal Coffee Table With Two Planters

Metal Coffee Table With Two Planters

Planters on both the top and bottom level of this coffee table are a fun, organic addition to the display.

Photo by: Scott Hargis Photography

Scott Hargis Photography

8: Global Vibes

Plush Gray Sofa and Eclectic Accents in Loft Living Room

Plush Gray Sofa and Eclectic Accents in Loft Living Room

The designer has crafted an eclectic space with vibrant accents that add colors and texture to this loft living room. A plush gray sofa is adorned with colorful throw pillows.

Photo by: Cure Design Group

Cure Design Group

9: Outdoor Inspiration

Optimize Outdoor Living Spaces

Optimize Outdoor Living Spaces

The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

10: Pops of Red

Transitional Coffee Table in Condo

Transitional Coffee Table in Condo

Use a glass vase with colorful, fresh flowers and coffee table books as a cost-effective way to infuse color into a living room. Atlanta designer Michael Habachy styled this table in a high-rise Atlanta condo with a trio of books that serve as a pedestal for the vase.

Photo by: Michael Habachy

Michael Habachy

11: Signs of Spring

Accent Pillows and Coffee Table

Accent Pillows and Coffee Table

Colorful books and bouquets blend with a group of mixed pattern accent pillows for a cheerful, eclectic look in the living room.

Photo by: Rebecca Zajac

Rebecca Zajac

12: Vintage Romance

Contemporary Neutral Living Room with Glass Coffee Table

Contemporary Neutral Living Room with Glass Coffee Table

A contemporary neutral living room with a glass coffee table is shown, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

13: Rock 'n Roll Style

Neutral Eclectic Living Room With Gold Coffee Table

Neutral Eclectic Living Room With Gold Coffee Table

This eclectic living room features a tufted gray sectional sofa and gold round coffee table with clear candlesticks. A cowhide area rug adds a funky finishing touch in the neutral room.

Photo by: Kara Paslay

Kara Paslay

14: Sleek + Modern

White Contemporary Family Room With Gray Coffee Table

White Contemporary Family Room With Gray Coffee Table

The magic of this family room comes from the accents: Rich jewel tones in the pillows and artwork, a blue-gray coffee table. Overhead, a light fixture loops and folds in on itself, bringing movement and texture to the space.

Photo by: Regan Wood Photography

Regan Wood Photography

15: Neutral + Natural

Chic Living Room with Rustic Carved Wood Coffee Table

Chic Living Room with Rustic Carved Wood Coffee Table

The rosette pattern gives this hand-carved coffee table so much visual texture that you don't need to over-accessorize the top, which can save money. Terracotta Design Build used a natural element - antlers - on top of one coffee table book. The new mango wood coffee table cost less than $350.

Photo by: Kelsey E. Green

Kelsey E. Green

16: Gilded Glam

Collection of Bronze Decor on Living Room Coffee Table

Collection of Bronze Decor on Living Room Coffee Table

If you've got a collection of objects that don't fit on your bookshelves, consider displaying them front and center on your coffee table. Here, an assortment of brass objects adds luster and graphic shape to the seating area while also allowing the homeowner to showcase one-of-a-kind finds.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

17: Matchbook Memories

Coffee Table Decorated with Lidded Glass Jar and Matchbooks

Coffee Table Decorated with Lidded Glass Jar and Matchbooks

Filling a lidded glass jar with colorful matchbooks creates a cheap conversation starter, since the jar cost only $8 at a thrift shop.

Photo by: Erin Cantrell

Erin Cantrell

18: Clean + Simple

Pool House Living Area Boasts Coastal Flair

Pool House Living Area Boasts Coastal Flair

Crisp white walls, sleek white sofas and a clean-lined coffee table create a contemporary look in this pool house. A sisal rug and aqua surfboard add coastal flair, giving the space some sea-inspired personality.

Photo by: Sarah Deragon

Sarah Deragon

19: Gorgeous Greenery

Furnishings Inspired by Beach and Ocean Bring Outdoors Inside

Furnishings Inspired by Beach and Ocean Bring Outdoors Inside

Soft, grayish-blue sofas placed on a natural grass rug offer hints of the surf and sand located nearby this beach house. A coffee table topped with succulents offer additional natural touches, while brightly colored woven chairs mimic the look of beach chairs.

Photo by: Sean Litchfield Photography

Sean Litchfield Photography

20: Library Chic

Coffee Table Offers Extra Open Storage

Coffee Table Offers Extra Open Storage

Although it may seem like a small detail, coffee tables with open storage can be a big storage solution for active families. Here, Mom and Dad's old books remain within arm's reach thanks to the open shelf along the bottom. Down the road, the books can be swapped for baskets to keep kids' clutter organized and out of sight.

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