Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says to clear the clutter off of your coffee table and use varying heights to make the surface a showpiece. She styled this tree trunk coffee table with a taller potted plant and a small stack of coffee table books.
HGTV's Design on Dime transformed this living room into a modern Americana masterpiece with a mix of vintage pieces and relaxed furniture. An old trunk functions as a coffee table, while floor lamps and a tall houseplant add dimension to the space. A sprinkling of details complete the look: printed throw pillows, terrariums and bold artwork.
An industrial shelving unit provides storage and display space in this green living room. The transitional sofa is topped with an assortment of throw pillows, while a vintage trunk stands in as a coffee table.
The coffee table in this eclectic living room is made from tree trunks and a free-form glass top. The painted brick wall provides the perfect backdrop for the eclectic furnishings. With such sweeping ceilings in the loft, a tall mirror adds height and visual interest along the side wall.
Trunk-style coffee tables are not only stylish, but provide practical storage for toys, extra throws and pillows, a movie collection and anything that needs to be stored for a busy family. This rustic trunk-style coffee table is an easy build, but the result will have your friends thinking you're a pro woodworker!
Metal bodied and trimmed in leather, this steamer trunk inspired coffee table brings an industrial touch to this living room. Decorated with terrariums, a tray, and an antique box, the table serves as display as much as function.
A trio of windows are covered with bamboo blinds and framed with neutral curtains for full control of the natural light let into the room. A white sofa, white chaise and pair of chairs face in toward a leather trunk coffee table to create the sitting area. A square patterned rug decorates the black wood floor.
Gray walls and matching gray upholstered furniture allows the accessories to stand out in this living room. A horse painting is illuminated by a black tripod lamp with a cream lampshade. A brown leather trunk doubles as a coffee table and ottoman, contributing to the masculine design.
When creating a shabby chic look, it's easy to get carried away with accessories, decor and fabrics galore. When it comes to bulky furniture and accessories, less is more, especially in a shabby chic design. This shabby chic living room opts for soft white furniture and simple decor, allowing movement throughout the space.
Large built-in cabinets provide lots of storage for this living room; the molding on the front adds an unusual graphic element. Touches like the wood coffee table and mantel bring a gentle rustic feel to the space.
This potted plant creates some height atop a rustic coffee table. Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says coffee table heights should correspond to seating heights, and with lower seating trending, her coffee table heights average 10-14 inches.
The windows are covered with bamboo blinds and framed with neutral curtains for full control of natural light let into this parlor space. A white sofa, white chaise and pair of traditional chairs face toward a leather trunk coffee table. A black wood floor creates a contrast against the white walls.
When you're looking for a coffee table, a great place to start is looking at pieces you have already and repurposing them, says Atlanta designer. This heirloom trunk now acts as a stylish and functional coffee table plus storage in this living space.
When deciding what kind of coffee table to buy, it's important to think about what function it will serve, says designer Rachel Greathouse. In this case, an heirloom trunk serves a new use as storage and a coffee table in this rustic space.