Round Coffee Tables: A Study into Modern Furniture Design

 round glass coffee table

The centrepiece of every well-designed living room, the coffee table demands attention. Consider the ideal coffee table design to compliment your existing furnishings and watch in awe as a living room is instantly transformed. Round coffee tables are not a ground breaking new interior development, however, a closer inspection into varying functionalities, characteristics and aesthetics promises the humble round coffee table the attention it both craves, and deserves. 


It should go without saying; materiality is key in any furnishing decision. A glass coffee table offers a sleek addition to a living room, while a gold or silver leaf finish promises soft glamour and modern sophistication. For a bold and robust centrepiece, a dark timber coffee table with a heavy profile won’t disappoint. Each texture, finish and hue offer their own dynamics and wield vastly different results on living room aesthetics. Take note of my Manhattan Glass Top Round Coffee Table for its clean lines, luxe metal frame and modest glass surface.

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Round coffee tables with storage, versus round coffee tables with shelving, versus coffee tables featuring a planar surface with minimalist appeal; there’s an exceptional vision in all. My Vittoria Round Coffee Table is a stylist’s delight – a resplendent dark timber surface ideal for home décor vignettes, and second tier shelving for collections of book titles. A coffee table with storage of course does have the extra bonus of hiding clutter – after all, out of sight, out of mind…

 coffee tables with storage


Arguably the most significant prerequisite for furnishing decision-making: the desired piece should fit the desired space, or vise-versa - but don’t let space act as a complete restrictor. Round coffee tables, having no edges, promote flow within a living area, whether that be cavernous or humble. Tackling small space need not be difficult. My tip? Opt for versatile, multifunctional pieces, such as a coffee table with storage, or perhaps a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. See my complete tutorial below on how to DIY your own versatile ottoman/coffee table:

Step 1: Place Ottoman

Step 2: Add décor tray

Step 3: Style


round ottoman with tray 

Large living rooms have a tendency to dwarf standard size coffee tables, but it should come as no surprise that I have a resolution for this too: two, even three, round coffee tables. Demonstrating my point to perfection, try a pair of Oly San Francisco Adeline Coffee Tables to encourage a cohesive interior scheme, albeit the extra square meterage.

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Multi-tiered coffee tables and clustered arrangements haven’t escaped mention… For a refreshingly contemporary aesthetic with on-trend undertones, a collection of coordinating coffee tables and side tables will have even the most discerning guest asking for your interior designer’s contact details.


The inherent soft lines of round coffee tables offer an ideal counteraction to the sharp lines and profiles of modern sofa designs, providing a respite and welcome juxtaposition to an overdose of angular features. Similarly, an oval coffee table features smoothly rounded characteristics, to offer the ideal resolve for a narrow living room space.

oval gold coffee table 

An interior accent quite unlike any other, the options a round coffee table present are unparalleled. How do you style your round coffee table? Leave me a comment below and share with me your tips to an enviable living room centrepiece…

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