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Coffee Table Design: My Guide to the Best

Max Sparrow Pastel Coffee Table Set

Don’t underestimate the importance and impact your coffee table can have on your living space. Greg Natale discusses in his book, The Tailored Interior, the need to consider a coffee table as a key piece of furniture which should be given the attention it deserves, and I couldn’t agree more.

Whether your space craves a dramatic new accent piece, or a timeless addition with classical influences, a coffee table is your answer. The below coffee table designs are un-paralleled in versatility and character proving there’s a stunning design for every space and every taste.

Glass Coffee Tables

Metal Rectangle Glass Coffee Table

Especially great for creating the illusion of more space, whilst doing-so with un-paralleled levels of clean sophistication, a glass coffee table will offer a sleek aesthetic.

My Marquette Coffee Table does just this with a geometric lines and a soft grey metallic finish, allowing for integration into any colour scheme. A stylist’s dream, the two glass surfaces allow for books and magazines a-plenty. Similarly, my Argo Coffee Table featuring the sleekest of profiles in a lustrous gold metal frame offers a quiet sophistication and subtle glamour.

Coco Republic’s Basket Coffee Table doesn’t disappoint with the distinctive architectural base in a hand-forged iron supporting the round glass top. For an interesting addition to a small space, this would be my go to glass coffee table design for it’s subtle, yet distinguished design.

Glass Coffee TableWire Glass Coffee Table Coco Republic SaleLuxury Glass Coffee Table

Coco Republic Sale Coffee Table Style

Round Coffee Table

A round coffee table will encourage ease of movement within a space, all the while offering style within varying aesthetics. My Manhattan Round Glass Coffee Table promises a contemporary feel, with an almost retro influence, while my versatile Barnes Coffee Table will enhance any interior space. Featuring a classical influence, with a contemporary spin, my stunning Lincoln Coffee Table affords any space warmth and refinement. 

 Luxury Round Coffee TableWhite Glass Metal Coffee TableSophisticated Timber Coffee Table

Coffee Tables with Storage

Offering un-doubtable practicality, a coffee table with storage not only de-clutters space, but allows for essentials to be stowed close at hand. Drawers also provide the opportunity for unique drawer-pulls and hardware, that have the potential to add beautiful detail to an otherwise simplistic piece.

My picks are my Soho Oval Coffee Table and the Hugo 6 Drawer Coffee Table from Coco Republic. Traditional without the adornment, my Soho Oval Coffee Table offers a stunning profile with warm tones and discreet drawer. In stark contrast, the Hugo 6 Drawer Coffee Table ensures the drawers are the main focus with opulent gold hardware, rivalled for attention only by the geometric, deco influenced frame and strikingly distinct silhouette.

Ottoman Coffee Table 

Ottoman Coffee Table

Possibly my favourite category, not only for the casually luxurious aesthetic an upholstered coffee table offers, an ottoman promises versatility as extra seating, while also doubling as a footstool. Use a tray to style this piece to new heights (and keep your coffee cup stable). Caitlan Taylor, editor of Coco Republic’s Design Field Notes discusses the essential décor traits of the tray and awards the merit it so deserves.

Tufted Square Ottoman UpholsteredRound Coffee Table OttomanCoco Republic Green Decor Tray

My St Augustine Tufted Ottoman and Cardiff Cocktail Ottoman would both benefit from the use of a stylish tray to update their function to coffee table standard. Both offer casual appeal, but aren’t constrained to one particular aesthetic; a trait that speaks volumes of any furniture piece.


White Coffee Table

White Coffee Table

Fresh, with an un-doubtable charm, a white coffee table acts as an instant lift to any interior. The opposite of moody and rich, the white coffee table promises a carefree attitude, no matter how delicately detailed or sublimely refined…

A subtly distressed white coffee table provides for that charming shabby chic aesthetic, while the hollywood influence of my new Milan Coffee Table promises fresh glamour & nostalgic romance with antiqued mirror top and tapered legs.

 White Resin Coffee Table Coco Republic

White Coffee Table Pattern Resin

Not one to be missed is the Pipa Cocktail Table by Oly San Francisco. I love the repetitive ‘S’ like pattern all over; making for a unique statement centrepiece that has the potential to enhance any interior.

Contemporary Coffee Tables 

I’ve filed nesting tables and clustering in this category, as what could be fresher than the on-trend arranging and versatility awarded to the unique clustering abilities of a group of side tables. A collection that compliments one another not only with aesthetics, nesting and clustering affords un-rivalled versatility and the promise of possibility…

Coffee Table Cluster Set Mirror and TimberCoffee Table Set Gold Metal Pastel

My new Florence Coffee Table fits the bill. Captivating as a set, the contemporary & sleek profile is second only to the flexibility in décor it affords; why not break up the set and use one end as a side table? Not dissimilar, my set of Cara Coffee Tables compliment one another, or provide a minimalistic beauty all their own.

Oh-so rich, the fumed eucalyptus and gold mirror top of my Canasta Gold Tinted Mirror Table offer superior opulence, and in this case, more is never enough; cluster as many of the Canastas in varying heights as your space will allow.

Clustered Set of Coffee Tables Marble and Timber

Subtle layering and the introduction of refined materiality and clean silhouettes allow the overlapping San Fran Deco Coffee Tables expert delivery on contemporary style.

Classic Coffee Table

Porto Oval Glass Timber Coffee Table

A traditional aesthetic never goes out of style, and, with the right considerations, can add a touch of nostalgia to a contemporary setting, or complete the classic abode with ease. Opt for warm tones with turned timber detailing, displayed perfectly within my new furniture pieces of classically influenced proportions, such as my Balmoral Coffee TableSheffield Coffee Table and Porto Oval Coffee Table

 Classic Timber Coffee TableRectangular Classic Coffe TableTimber Oval Glass Coffee Table

Metallic Coffee Table

Metallics are synonymous with glamour & luxury and with the ability to compliment a multitude of spaces as well as enhancing a contemporary ambiance, a metallic coffee table is an opulent interiors best friend.

Greg Natale undermines the magicians code by giving away the secret to his magic, the key to great styling; Layering. “As much about textures as it is shapes, so consider a mix of metallics, ceramics, books and flowers.” If you’re so bold as to try a metallic coffee table, look no further…

Gold Coffee TableRound Silver Coffee Table

Silver Leaf Rectangular Gold Coffee Table

The soft taupe silver leaf of my Collette Coffee Table affords any space a hint of the metallic lustre we all so desire, while the strong brushed gold of the Bollinger Coffee Table provides a subtle textural detail to the distinctive base. When exclusivity is the name of the game, you wont find this selection of metallic coffee tables anywhere else!

 Oly Round Metallic Silver Coffee Table

Budget Coffee Tables

No stranger to the need for affordable options, I pride myself on sourcing the very best of coffee table designs and offering quality without the compromise.

All coming in at below $600, my picks for style without the price tag offer attractive design, complete with an attractive dollar figure! Encompassing qualities within both contemporary and classic aesthetics, my San Diego Coffee Table and Gramercy Coffee Table redefine the term “cheap online furniture”. 

 Max Sparrow Oval Black Contemporary Coffee Table   Cheap coffee table online

“I believe the coffee table is a strong focal point that should never be underestimated in terms of the personality, as well as cohesion, it brings to your home”. -Greg Natale

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