When my dog destroyed my wood coffee table a few weeks ago, I started thinking of all the possible replacements. Given the small size of our living room and the amount of furniture that is already in there, my boyfriend and I decided to buy a simple but modern glass table we found on Craigslist.
The new table's translucence negates the fact that it's actually about a foot deeper than the one it replaced. That visual trick means I've gained extra space for mugs, magazines, and remotes without overwhelming my living room, which also pulls duty as a dining room and office. The table is extremely sturdy (and hopefully pup-proof).
Image 5, showing the home of former Domino editor Deborah Needleman, is a great example of how a clear coffee table can help you avoid visually weighing down a space that already has a lot of furniture. Being see-through also means these tables won't distract from other focal points (big artwork, wallpaper, a graphic rug). In a space like the ones in Images 2 and 8, the tables enhance the rooms' light and airy feel.
Images: 1. Lonny 2. via Live Creating Yourself 3. Marili Forastieri for Design*Sponge 4. HGTV's Pure Design via DecorPad 5. New York magazine 6. Elle Decor 7. Elle Decor 8. Style At Home via DecorPad 9. Lonny 10. Better Homes and Gardens via Blueprint Bliss