Designer Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design, based in Nashville, Tenn., recommends using coffee tables with multiple levels for displaying items. This one, from Lillian August, a fine home furnishings retailer, is a brass table with a shagreen base and a top shelf made of glass with silver leafing on the backside. You can find a similar two-level design and mix of metals in tables priced for your budget. A mix of glasswork, vases and urns give it a glamorous feel, while the bust on a lucite base brings a rustic nature to the coffee table vignette.
A small serving tray is used on a brown coffee table to display a piece of coral which is covered by a glass dome, a small white ceramic vase, and two white candleholders. Two books and a white rock also decorate the table.
When the design team couldn't find a coffee table large enough for the living room, they created a custom-sized table by grouping two industrial-looking tables made from rebar and used glass for the top.
Coffee tables can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children; however, they can result in wasted space when placed next to square or rectangular sofas and chairs. To outfit a seating area with plenty of useable tabletop surface (or multipurpose occasional seating), consider grouping two or three round coffee tables or ottomans together.
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.
Bright and stylish, this living room features sophisticated furnishings and decor. The white stone top coffee table displays a bowl of potpourri, books and a vase of flowers, adding fresh elegance to the design.