12 Actually Cool Ways To Style Your Coffee Table

It's so much more than a second dining table, seriously.

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Yeah, your coffee table needs to be functional, but it also shouldn't be the eyesore of your living room. You could just stack some books on there and call it a day, but you're better than that. Whether you prefer some organized chaos or want things as minimal as they could be, these coffee tables will get you inspired to go restyle yours.

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white cylinder coffee tables
Jonny Valiant
Think Outside The Box

Instead of a big coffee table, use four cylinders,which can be easily moved around. Then, add colorful accents like flowers and books to stand out with the white tables.

Blue Vase, $59, wayfair.com

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Plants For People Who Always Kill Plants

Want an indoor plant on your table but can't keep one alive to save your life? Succulents are the answer.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson Designs
Small, But Mighty

If you're working with a teeny tiny table, like a pouf, limit yourself to one, maybe two items. All you need is a mini vase of flowers and you're set.

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt
Stacks on Stacks

Stack books and place decorative objects, like bowls or a vase of flowers, on top of each. Individual stacks will help make it feel more compact and less cluttered.

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The Run-Down

If you've got an upholstered coffee table, like an ottoman, try using a runner. You could add a tray on top if you want, but it'll add enough visual interest on its own.

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oversize lantern
John Gould Bessler
Get Lit

An oversize lantern is decorative, but also functional. It's a cool, unique alternative to a basic coffee table candle.

Lanterns, $154, jossandmain.com

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coffee table boxes
Amy Neunsinger
Organized Clutter

Use your coffee table to show off your collections: boxes, books, and/or artwork. Even though it's busy, everything will have a personal meaning.

Inlay Box Set, $60, jossandmain.com

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Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt
Be A Bookworm

Finally—put all those gifted coffee table books to use. If you want to break it up, add boxes or a tray.

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James Merrell
Try A Tray

Large coffee tables don't feel so massive when you layer on a tray. It helps breaks up the surface.

Wicker Tray, $22, etsy.com

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Julian Wass
Back To Nature

Incorporate objects that are elemental and natural, like these antique wooden bowls and the horn magnifying glass. They add history to a room, but can also be functional.

Hurricane Candle Holder, $27, potterybarn.com

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zig zag floor pillows
David Duncan Livingston
Simple, But So Chic

When in doubt, keep it simple. All you need is a small vase of flowers to add some color and keep your space from feeling too stark.

Small Vase, $19, amazon.com

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chinese side tables
Victoria Pearson
Twice As Nice

Two drum tables take the place of one big coffee table in this Napa Valley living room. They're better for traffic flow than one of those huge knee-knockers, and easily moved to wherever they're needed.

Drum Table, $164, jossandmain.com

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