9 Very Cool Coffee-Table Ideas We Spotted On Instagram

As our lifestyles have pivoted away from on-the-go to outside to couch-bound inside, social media has followed suit. Translation: we're seeing a little less what's-in-my-bag and a little more what's-on-my-coffee-table. Our homes are now working overtime, and one of their most highly trafficked areas just so happens to be our living rooms: it's an office; a favorite neighborhood restaurant; the go-to nail salon. And, since these spaces are getting so much extra love, we decided to pull a little Instagram inspiration on how to best zhuzh them up without buying a bunch of new furniture — and we landed on the coffee table.

Setting your living space up for new multi-functioning success can either be as complex as picking out a new loveseat or as easy as purchasing a throw blanket. But, in the interest of striking a balance, we decided to go the cool coffee-table decor route. After scouring the trending depths of Instagram's most stylish and functional coffee-table snapshots, we picked up nine stellar ideas: from mid-century modern sculptures to quirky candle pairings and colorful book stacks. Ahead, browse the easy-yet-elevated decor hacks that will make your coffee table sing.


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Experiment with neutral colors and texture pairings...

Coffee table arrangements that use varying neutral hues with mixed textures are currently circulating across social media — think sandy woods, deep matte blacks, and soft marbled grays. Try experimenting on your own surface by pairing a soft palette with rough material for an easy pop of elevated simplicity.
Threshold Decorative Paulownia Wood Bowl Beige, $25.00 Buy
villacera Handcrafted Glazed Bamboo Bottle Neck Vase, $22.99 Buy
World Market White Marble Hexagon Coasters Set of 4, $4.48 Buy

Play with pastels...

Our favorite influencers are embracing pink, green, and lavender — and we can totally see why. The combination of colors evokes a nostalgic, peaceful vibe within the home. Mix and match funky candles with muted bouquets and glassware.
Ontwerpduo Tallow Standing Taper Candle, $25.00 Buy
Bloomingville Bloomingville Stout Clear Glass Vase, $24.05 Buy
Lex Pott Twist Candle, $40.00 Buy

Organize your chaos...

There's something about a curated space that still looks lived in — we don't want our homes to resemble a showroom. Follow Molly's thought process with multiple stems, blooms, silhouettes, and retro colors.
Urban Outfitters Glass Taper Candle Holder, $34.00 Buy
Muuto Light Blue Kink Vase, $264.49 Buy
Boy Smells Kush Candle Variety Pack, $48.00 Buy

Play with statement-making ceramics...

Quirky ceramics or statement-making sculptural items are a surefire way to enhance the unique detail in any living space. These tiny ones are able to be stored away and swapped out, depending on the mood and season.
EverDreamCraft Ceramic Butt Vase, $45.76 Buy
Doiy Girl Power Raised Female Fist Ceramic Vase, $37.37 Buy
OhemaaJewellery Ceramic Torso Sculpture, $31.80 Buy

Layer in modern-minimalist accents...

If you're like me, you love clean lines and coordinating hues. Matching book stacks tonal hues will suffice when teamed with plants and your favorite candle for a modern-minimalist effect.
The Sill Echeveria Preta, $55.00 Buy
Eero Saarinen Saarinen Basic Art Series 2.0 Book, $28.91 Buy
Project 62 Acacia Serving Tray, $21.00 Buy

Embrace splashes of vivid colors...

What better way to liven up a living space than with vivid colors? Nothing we can think of! Embrace Tamu's bright personality with color-popped vases and playful bouquets. You'll instantly feel happier as soon as you come home.
Color Life Dried Pampas Grass (Deep Purple), $25.99 Buy
Rhapsody Studio Ceramic Vases, Half Round, $34.00 Buy
Urban Stems The Jennifer Flowers, $100.00 Buy

Add dishes or ashtrays...

If you want your space to be both functional and fashion-forward, add a few sophisticated catch-all dishes that work as storage for tiny items — preferably in standout textiles like marble, ceramic, or cement. Place your candles and matchsticks atop each so everything has a place.
Fleur De Lis Living Ransome Marble Round Soap Dish, $29.99 $25.99 Buy
CB2 Santi White Marbleized Tray, $19.95 Buy

Build your own bookstore...

If you're a writer, reader, or poem lover then chances are you probably own a lot of novels and magazines. Instead of stacking them all on a stow-away bookshelf, opt for your coffee table. A plethora of coffee-table books looks perfect all stacked upon one another.
E. Lawrence Ltd. E. Lawrence Ltd. 4 Piece Art Quote Stack Decorative Book Set, $160.00 Buy
Serena and lily Coffee Table Book Set, $158.00 Buy

Fashion it into a dining table...

Let's face it: not all of us have enough space for a full-blown dining room table. Instead of eating over your lap on the sofa, opt for a coffee table that doubles as a dining room. Serve yours with fun cutting boards and serving trays.
Sur La Table Marble and Wood Serving Paddle, $29.95 Buy
Anthropologie Lustered Wine Glasses, $56.00 Buy
Williams-Sonoma Marble Salt Box, $34.95 $29.95 Buy
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