An easy idea for a coffee table is using an ottoman. Look for an ottoman, either purchased new or from a thrift store, with a unique shape and detailing. This ottoman, which Nashville, Tenn., designer Jonathan Savage used in a showhouse, has an octagonal shape and gold square nail heads.
Coffee tables don't always need to have hard edges. Look for a round shape, and an ottoman can serve double duty as seating and a coffee table. Here's an example from a room by Linda Castle of Decorated Designs, a metro Atlanta interior design firm.
These two chairs were found in the trash (Ezelle's favorite type of furniture). She had them reupholstered in off-white leather and created a geometric pattern with studs all around the arms. The coffee table is created from a piece of glass that she sprayed a frosted color and two small book cases she laid on their side for extra storage.
This airy white loft living area features a sawhorse table with a pair of matching lamps, a coffee table made of two kiln-dried teak ottomans with basket weave leather-strap tops and a contemporary gray sectional.
This custom-designed coffee table can double as an ottoman thanks to the padding lining the outer edge. The functional piece anchors this transitional living room space, which also includes two plaid sofas and architectural touches like exposed ceiling beams and columns.
Part of what makes this living room so visually interesting is the way that designer Veronica Solomon paired traditional elements, like crown molding and a stone fireplace, with more modern pieces, like the brown leather ottomans. Though different in style, their mutually neutral hues allow them to work well in the same space.
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.
A thick, natural fiber rug grounds the seating area in this transitional living room. A rustic-industrial coffee table is paired with a comfy leather sectional, creating a nice mix of textures that reflects the home's setting. Bursts of yellow in the accessories add interest and further the room's ties with its sunny surroundings.
A large built-in bookshelf blends into the beige paint of the walls and ceiling of this living room. Colorful furniture adds life to the middle of the room; including a gray sofa with nailhead trim, a mustard yellow armchair with a red floral design and a leather coffee table with red legs.
This fun, lively living room projects an updated midcentury modern feel using plush white leather sofa and armchairs with animated lines and geometric coffee and side tables. A wild print pattern rug brings the room together while a circular glass chandelier creates a dynamic accent.
The ultimate in luxury and simplicity -- This sitting area looking out on the shore captures the colors and essence of the serene setting. Contemporary furnishings with clean lines allow the eye to drift to the sea.