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This Expert-Approved Coffee Table Was Inspired by Popsicle Sticks, Plus 13 More Styles Our Designers Love

Words by Laura Dahlgren
a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photography by Nicole Franzen; Design by Ursino Interiors

A den without a coffee table is like a morning without caffeine—incomplete.

An essential surface to rest a drink, coffee tables ground a room like no other. In larger living spaces, they anchor the sofa and define seating areas. In smaller dwellings, they can sometimes pull double duty as the dining spot of choice. They also serve as a blank canvas for styling your favorite finds.

As a piece that holds center court in one of the most high-traffic areas in your home, finding the perfect table is both an art and a science. Experts like Anne McDonald and Brian Paquette love this classic Nickey Kehoe option for its elegance and simplicity. “I love how this coffee table is so beautifully simple, yet stately in the same breath,” says Maureen Ursino of Ursino Interiors. “It does a great job of anchoring a space and can pair with multiple styles—making it a staple in my book.”

From instant heirlooms to unexpected favorites, our designers share 13 coffee tables they love for every interior design style.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photography by Yoshihiro Makino; Design by Brian Paquette Interiors

For a Round Coffee Table

“Sofas and chairs tend to be very linear and I love to break up all those lines with some sort of curve. Fun fact: I was inspired by my obsession with ice cream bars and their wooden sticks when I designed the legs for this table.”—Brian Paquette

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For a Coffee Table With Ample Storage

“I love what Amber Lewis does with texture. She's always reinventing the cozy layered space and this table with the rush shelf is a perfect anchor piece.”—Monica Stewart, The Misfit House

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For a Classic Coffee Table

“I love this table's classic, tapered legs. I wanted to create an elegant and timeless piece. The wood finishes are so beautiful, the unlacquered brass accents create an interesting material mix, and the swivel coasters are so fun.”—Jenna Lyons

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For a Versatile Coffee Table

“I love pieces with multiple finishes. The brass top on this piece will only get better with age. I can see the afternoon light coming in from somewhere and casting the most amazing shadows on this table.”—Brian Paquette

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a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photography by Taylor Hall O'Brien; Design by Anne McDonald Design

For an Organic Coffee Table

"I love the shape of this table. It suits larger rooms where you don’t want different seating areas and need a big surface to connect everything. The marble on this piece is one of my all-time favorites—it brings an earthiness when mixed with jewel tones which I love.”—Anne McDonald

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For a Geometric Coffee Table

“The unique shape, exposed joinery, and natural wood come together harmoniously in this table. Try styling it with a pair of textural vases for a dynamic yet understated moment.”—Stefani Stein

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For a Stone Coffee Table

“Sometimes a room can feel flat with only wood and fabric finishes. When a room is textile-heavy I love introducing a stone coffee table to switch things up a bit. As a bonus, no coasters are needed.”—Brian Paquette

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For a Vintage Coffee Table

“The airiness of the glass top combined with the otherwise heftier walnut base is brilliant! This table is chic, rustic, and would be amazing with a pair of moody tight back sofas.”—Maureen Ursino, Ursino Interiors

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a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photography by Sam Frost; Design by Stefani Stein

For a Burl Wood Coffee Table

“I am drawn to coffee tables that make a statement, while still exuding effortless style. The combination of modernist lines and figural woods in this piece really speaks to me. I find the vintage finish equally at home in both neutral and colorful rooms.”—Stefani Stein

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For a Nesting Coffee Table

“I love how sculptural and organic this sophisticated pair is. It offers the perfect amount of character and dimension, making it an ideal choice to anchor a furniture plan, whether traditional or contemporary.”—Maureen Ursino, Ursino Interiors

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For a Whimsical Coffee Table

“This coffee table's simple iron details and ball feet feel very French modernist. It’s traditional but playful and whimsical at the same time. I really like how this table mixes with a heavier upholstered piece like a pleated tuxedo sofa.”—Jake Arnold

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For a Contemporary Coffee Table

“I love a post-modern coffee table! This Italian vintage one in particular is perfect to balance more traditional or feminine elements in a room. I love that it’s square too, perfect to balance out a typical room set up.”—Anne McDonald

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For a Sculptural Coffee Table

“The warm neutral hue of this natural stone table exudes both contemporary and vintage vibes. That dichotomy makes it usable in a variety of aesthetics. I love this material paired with rich woods and plush mohair.”—Stefani Stein

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a living room filled with furniture and a fire place

Photography by Michael Clifford; Design by Jake Arnold

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