The Best White Coffee Tables are a Minimalist's Dream — the Perfect Neutral Touch for A Busy Living Room

A white coffee table is there for you when nothing else is. And Style Editor Brigid Kennedy has tracked down the very best options to keep in your interior design arsenal

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The best part of a white coffee table is its versatility. Because it's neutral in color, it can fit — and look great in — essentially any room or space. You barely have to think about it. A neutral-toned living room? Add a white coffee table. Neutral bedroom? Perhaps a white coffee table. Need a little something for the back patio? You already see where I'm going with this.

TLDR; a white coffee table is one of the best coffee tables you can buy. It's an investment worth making, especially since the coffee table is the grounding piece of your living room. They're also often quite minimalist, given their hue, which is an attractive feature for any piece of furniture but particularly for an accent piece like this.

The simplicity of a minimalist coffee table allows 'other parts of the room to talk,' says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight. Think pieces with 'clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, and an emphasis on functionality.' Not every white coffee table counts as minimalist, but they more often than not fall into this category (if you ask me).

So if you're looking for a new buy to elevate your minimalist space, I promise you have come to the right place; today, we're talking all about white coffee tables, how to style them, and where to buy them.

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What should you put in the middle of a coffee table?

Coffee table styling is just as important as the table itself. And like most of interior design, the decoration process is an art, not an exact science.

Interior designer Nicole Cullum recommends using one of two design schemes when determining what to place in the center of your table: You can either put 'one large thing like a beautiful, artistic bowl, or floral arrangement' in the center, or curate a 'small collection of items like a set of books with a candle, mixed with a small sculpture, and a decorative box.' Whichever option you choose, 'be sure to keep the elements on a coffee table low, rather than high, so they don’t block your view' or fall over unexpectedly.

Brigid Kennedy
Style Editor

Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.