First of all, I am obsessed with tufted ottomans as coffee tables. I just love the versatility. You can style it up or take everything down and put your legs up while watching tv. Right now I am trying to persuade a client into getting a tufted ottoman opposed to a normal coffee table. I just feel its right for the space and is going to be much more functional since they have a smaller couch. So, let me break down my ideas a bit.
I just love this beige tufted ottoman in a square shape (my preference).
Trays. The second thing you will need a tray or two. I am obsessed with the blue mirrored ottoman tray from West Elm. It's gorgeous. However, a white one will do the trick too. This one is a great size at 19" and only $49.
Cloches, they bring attention to interesting finds (above: see the coral?) You can put candles inside, cool objects of interest or anything you love. This is a stylish one with a great height for a candle. You can also find ones to fit things like a chic coral reef sculpture on your table, I personally like things with unique shapes. Like these gold urchins, I just love the unique shape, they can sit on top of books, etc. I also LOVE white ones.
Candles are so essential for a coffee table. I usually have tall tapered candles (I have a thing for the striped ones) mixed in with shorter ones. I'm in love with this white oak candle and the white/gold holder it comes in. Such a unique shape.
Books are always essential for a great coffee table. They also provide extra surface for remotes and cool objects. Here are a few I think are a great look + size for a coffee table. Poolside with Slim Aarons is an all time fave and on MAJOR sale here for only $45. That's a steal. The Christian Louboutin book looks so fab. Sam Haskins is definitely one of my most favorite photographers and his books are out of this world. Cowboy Kate & other stories is a MUST on my list.
You can also take this to the bedroom. I love the look of a tufted ottoman at the end of the bed, you can style it up there too.
See how versatile they are? Don't you just want one now?