9 Decor Ideas For Your Coffee Table From Real-Life Homes

07/31/2014 09:24 am ET | Updated Jul 31, 2014

Coffee tables are one of those pieces of furniture that you find in almost every single home and unfortunately, most of them end up looking the same: covered with old magazines and whatever clutter was carried through the door that day.

The exception? The surfaces you see here. They don't just single-handedly prove that a couple bold books and carefully-chosen accents can go a long way, but they also remind us what a coffee table can (and should) look like as well. Check out the decor ideas that caught our eye in the stellar examples below.

1. A modern tray gives design structure while maintaining organization.

2. Fresh flowers provide a focal point of color and bring new life to the space.

3. Objects on books (on even more books) give dramatic depth to a basic base.

4. A tufted ottoman or pair of stools makes for a cozy coffee table alternative.

5. Metallic or monochromatic accents are the perfect way to fill those awkwardly blank spots.

6. Squares on circles -- or circles on squares -- create an eye-catching contrast.

7. The more you display, the more you add personality.

8. But keeping things minimal makes a strong statement.

9. Just don't forget to leave space for the most important part -- it is a "coffee" table, after all.

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