15 Living Room Coffee Table Looks We Love

Whether you're looking for someplace soft to put up your feet or for a formal finishing touch, the right living room coffee table can pull your entire room together. Here, chic and practical choices for every style and lifestyle.
By: Amanda Lecky

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Clear Choices

In a living room that's characterized by its airy, window-lined architecture, a pair of glass-topped tables with geometric bases offer plenty of surface area without looking heavy. "My plan for this room was to give it a very light, relaxed and beachy feel," says designer Aaron Wong. "The tall recycled storage unit at the back was to be a focal point in the space," he adds — a goal the choice of visually "light" tables helped achieve.

Traditional Tablescaping

Sometimes, the arrangement on top of a living room table are as important as the choice of table itself. For a traditional living room inspired by its owner's collection of Japanese woodblock prints, designer Allison Jaffe selected a glass-topped table with a wrought-iron base to ground the pale, camel-colored furniture. "The tablescape, with a French demijohn and a German bread trough filled with a collection of large sea shells adds a natural element," she says.

Midcentury Meets Modern

"To create a cozy family room for a young couple expecting their first baby, we chose custom-made eco-friendly sofas angled around a midcentury-style coffee table," says designer Jennifer Jones. The round table and curvy side chair help offset the rectilinear lines of the sofas and the media console.

Contrast and Character

In this contemporary living room, a display of black and white art by Cartoloji draws the eye up. But a pair of reclaimed barnwood coffee tables from Dwelling Home in Philadelphia plays an important role in the light space, providing a grounding center and adding rich texture to the otherwise sleek and simple design. 

Antique Appeal

When designer Cindy Rinfret's clients moved into a larger home, they charged the designer with making their new space comfortable for entertaining and for the lifestyle of an active family — while incorporating their existing, collected pieces. "The living room needed to be beautiful and elegant, yet functional," says Rinfret. The coffee table is a perfect example of a choice that spans the project's goals: Its classic form lends time-touched character to the room, but its oversized surface makes it ideal for holding everything from a formal tablescape (as shown) to an array of casual hors d'oeuvres."

Fresh and Family Friendly

In this urban San Francisco home, the living space does double duty as both the formal entertaining space and the main family hangout. "To create a laidback and comfortable space in the middle of the bustling city, we turned to natural tones for a calming feel. A seagrass rug, oatmeal linen chairs and a rustic industrial coffee table help keep the space from feeling too stuffy," says designer Tamara Mack.

Comfortable Elegance

When redesigning a family's media room, Barbara Elza Hirsh's goal was to create a space that was both elegant and inviting. She began with a serene color palette of gray, pink, and blue, then added furnishings with a traditional look, piling them with plenty of soft pillows. In place of a coffee table, Hirsh used an upholstered ottoman. "The cozy West Elm ottoman, which is covered in a dhurrie rug, helps to loosen up the room," she says.

Sheer Genius

When every detail in a space has been planned so carefully, it's a shame for furniture to block the view. In this comfortable family room, designer Sophia Reay attended to every element to create the bright, uncluttered space her clients wanted. "We achieved the look by adding plenty of storage on either side of the fireplace to hide away games, photo albums and electronics," she says. "And the glass coffee table allows the log-end storage under the fireplace to add a touch of whimsy."

Form Follows Function

"This living room is in a house built from four shipping containers," says designer Claudie Dubreuil. "We decided to keep the structure of the containers visible and to use a lot of recycled materials throughout the design. As you can see under the table, we used recycled boxes for some extra storage." The table itself has an industrial look that suits the overall aesthetic, a mix between utilitarian functionality and sleek, monochromatic elegance.

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

In the living room of this house set on the edge of the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Montauk, New York, it was particularly important to create a strong connection between the space and its spectacular setting. Says designer Deborah Quintal Wick: "This Restoration Hardware coffee table of French weathered teak is designed for outdoor use and the rustic material picks up the shades of weathered grey in the fieldstone fireplace wall and the pieces of driftwood scattered on the beach. The sofas are covered in Restoration Hardware’s outdoor white "linen" fabric, so the whole living room can be opened to the deck overlooking the ocean for a true indoor/outdoor living experience."

Simplicity and Versatility

For this streamlined, Asian-inspired living room, designer Leigha Heydt chose a cocktail table that complements the overall simplicity of the space. "I selected the table —"The Zen Table" by Catherine Memmi Paris, purchased at Bee Market — for its clean lines and rectilinear shape. It doesn't offer storage but would accommodate a square tray nicely," she says.

Perfect Placement

Where the coffee table sits depends in part on its function. In this formal living room, the round glass coffee table sits out from the sofa, creating a focal point that's great for entertaining. Of her design, Jennifer Dyer says: "I wanted to design a space that was light, airy and absent of color. Although the larger wing chairs have a chartreuse toile pattern, most of the design of the room is achieved through texture. Storage wasn't an issue for this room because it is a formal living room and it's adjacent to a family room. Because there was such a lack of storage, I made an effort to use items needed by the client that could be placed on side tables as decorative pieces."

Light Effect

"For this open, airy room, I wanted a coffee table that didn't feel heavy in the space. To achieve a floating look, I chose this glass table with a polished chrome base," says designer Sofia Joelsson. Her tip for creating a well-composed tabletop arrangement: "Since I believe that all good things come in threes, I picked a large scented candle, a coffee table book, and a tray with flowers for a clean, chic look."

Shining Example

"So much of what is special about this living room can be attributed to the spectacular Andrew Martin loop coffee table," says designer Daphne Steinberg. "The whole house has silver accents throughout, so we wanted to continue that metallic streak with this table. Despite the touches of glam in this space, the client is a nature-loving traveler, so we wanted to display coffee table books that spoke to that side of his personality, hence The Map Book and Evolution, which we placed on top of the table."

Size and Symmetry

The oversized coffee table plays an important role in this large, well-balanced living room. "The dark, rustic Dutch industrial coffee table from Restoration Hardware grounds the otherwise light and airy feel of room," says P. Shea Design. "The coffee table and other furnishings draw the eye to and through the double-sided, offset fireplace that leads to a raised library."

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