Take advantage of that blank canvas sitting right in the middle of your living room. These ideas will help you infuse your space with color, life and trends you never considered trying before. 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.
Start with a tray
It's really the foundation for a chic coffee table. Whether you want to display knick knacks or just need a spot for TV remotes, a tray will make whatever you place on the table look neat and polished.
Pile on pretty books.
They're called coffee table books for a reason. Pick ones with bright covers and bold lettering and vary the height of the stacks for an effortless style that doesn't scream "a designer was here."
Top stacks with tiny touches
A table grounded by trays and books can carry little sparkly accents, like gemstones or candles, without the look seeming slight. Plus, candle colors and scents can be easily swapped out with the seasons.
Try a single statement piece
Make your favorite piece the room's focal point by displaying it alone in the center of the table. With a pretty planter or interesting sculpture, the effect is understated, not spare.
Create varying heights
Because trays and tabletops are horizontal, playing with the height of your accent pieces will add extra interest. Try a tall orchid or tapered candles to mimic this look.
Add metalic accents
Gold, brass and silver have a way of instantly elevating any space, but metalics won't overpower your room when they're showcased on just your coffee table.