Coffee Table Ideas That Are Sure to Be Instant Conversation Starters

Updated 04/29/19

In many ways, a coffee table is the centerpiece of your living room. It’s the focal point around which we gather, it serves as a conversation starter (thanks to its décor or design), and it anchors the living room as a homey space of leisure and spending time together. Your coffee table—with its physical design or even the books and knickknacks that adorn it—has the power to transform the look and feel of your living space. If you’re looking for a refresh to ready your space for holiday entertaining, making over your coffee table is a strong way to start.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite coffee table ideas to spark some creativity.

Keep clicking for inspiring coffee table ideas to revamp the heart of your living room.

coffee table ideas
Monica Wang

Go big with a striking coffee table that doubles as a statement piece in the space.

modern coffee table
Fantastic Frank

A coffee table doesn’t need to take up tons of space to make an impact. Clean design makes an impression no matter the size.

mirrored coffee table
Amy Bartlam

Mirrored materials always make the coffee table a statement piece.

unique coffee table ideas
Alyssa Rosenheck

A triptych of coffee tables is a novel approach that’s both artful and fashion-forward.

minimal coffee table ideas
Julia Robbs

Straightforward lines and minimal décor are always a safe bet.

small coffee table ideas
Monica Wang

Make a lounge area more inviting with a smaller coffee table surrounded by individual chairs and ottomans.

midcentury coffee table ideas
Fantastic Frank

A low-rise coffee table can make the space seem cozier and gives off major midcentury-modern vibes.

coffee table decor ideas
Heidi’s Bridge

Large coffee table books and conversation-starting knickknacks make even more of an impression on a clear glass coffee table.

marble coffee table
Alyssa Rosenheck

The luxurious weight of marble grounds the room.

wood coffee table
Julia Robbs

A minimal wood coffee table is always classic, especially when livened up by natural greens.

coffee table book ideas
Heidi’s Bridge

When decorating your coffee table, you can never go wrong with a simple stack of books.

glass coffee table ideas
Alyssa Rosenheck

When working with a lot of color in your living space, pare it back with a glass coffee table that lets the rest do the talking.

Ready to shop for affordable coffee tables? Here are nine of our favorites (for under $200).

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