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21 Coffee Table Decor Ideas For Your First Adult Apartment

Step away from the coasters.

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So you're finally moving into your first real adult apartment. Congrats! Welcome to the world of home decor. You've probably already found your bed, your couch, and maybe even a rug or two. You've even found knick-knacks to go on your window ledge. But when it comes to your coffee table, you might be feeling a little stuck. Aside from said couch, coffee tables are the true centerpiece of your living room. It's where you can reveal a bit of your personal decor style without breaking the bank. To help you out, we've rounded up 21 out-0f-the-box options for coffee table decor. From stunning books to card games to flashy decorative objects, this list has it all.

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1
The Baker's Pick
Butterfly Garden Canister
MacKenzie-Childs amazon.com
$84.00

Store your latest batch of cookies or brownies in this tin. Your guests will have a hard time not snacking on them. 

2
The Organized Pick
Colourblock Notebook
Papier papier.com
$26.99

You know when you're on the phone and you need to jot something down before you forget it? Never miss a brainstorm by keeping a few of these bright notebooks on your coffee table. 

3
The Do-Good Pick
St. Jude Bell-Shaped Scented Candle in Yuletide Spice
Pottery Barn potterybarn.com
$44.00

25 percent of the proceeds from this gorgeous candle are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What more reason do you need to pick one up for yourself? 

4
The Curious Pick
Actually Curious Card Game
Actually Curious westelm.com
$25.00

Get to know your friends a little better with this card game by Actually Curious. These cards are literally designed to bring people closer: they're made using research and science from psychologists. 

5
The Great Read
Humans
St. Martin's Press amazon.com
$35.00
$17.50 (50% off)

This is the IRL version of the world-famous instagram account Humans of New York. Whether you live there or not, you can learn something from the anecdotes featured in this book. 

6
The Artsy Pick
Kirby Vases in Various Styles
Areaware burkedecor.com
$40.00

Vases can all look the same. This one by Areaware isn't  your typical vase, so it will stand out on any table. 

7
The Does-It-All Pick
Catchall Dish
PRETTI.COOL nordstrom.com
$28.00

Keep your keys in the same place every night, thanks to this dish. You'll never run out without them again.   

8
The "Manly" Pick
Boyfriend Room Spray by Kate Walsh
Boyfriend amazon.com
$37.00

This bottle of room spray looks chic on any table. Use it to relax with notes of dark plum, myrrh, and blooming jasmine. Sounds perfect to me. 

9
The Elevated Pick
Romantic Tea Light Candle Holders
ChasBete amazon.com
$14.99

Up your candle game with these tea light holders. They make even the tiniest of tea lights look elevated. 

10
The Internet-Famous Pick
Spiral Twist Candles
Lex Pott uncommongoods.com
$40.00

Normal candles not your thing? These twirly candles are the perfect modern touch. And they come in bright colors to match any decor. 

11
The Fashionable Pick
Linea Coasters (Set of 4)
The Vintage Vogue westelm.com
$29.00

Keep your coffee table safe with this set of graphic yet neutral coasters 

12
The Gardener's Pick
Succulent Trio
The Sill thesill.com
$50.00

Succulents are the no-fuss way to make it look like your apartment is a mini botanical garden. 

13
The Random-But-Perfect Pick
Copper Leaves
Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$14.95

Place these on your coffee table—and around the rest of your apartment—to evoke some serious fall vibes.  

14
The Anti-Green Thumb Pick
Dried Gypsophila Bouquet
Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$36.00

So, every plant you've ever owned has died on you. We get it! This bouquet of dried flowers is just as beautiful. 

15
The Discreet Pick
Capri Blue Reed Diffuser
Capri Blue anthropologie.com
$34.00

If you're scared to have a candle burning at all times, this reed diffuser from Capri Blue is the perfect substitute. Plus, it doubles as a colorful centerpiece. 

16
The Travel Pick
Capri Dolce Vita by Cesare Cunaccia Hardcover Book
Assouline net-a-porter.com
$95.00

Even if you can't actually travel right now, let your mind wander.  This book is filled with photos of Capri that will make you want to book a trip. 

17
The Modern Pick
Decorative Metal Cube Black
Threshold w/Studio McGee target.com
$20.00

What, you don't have a black wire box on your coffee table? We're not totally sure what this is for, but we want it nonetheless. 

18
The Fun Pick
Bala Lidded Pineapple
IMAX walmart.com
$23.14

Listen: pineapples make perfect home decor. We don't make the rules. 

19
The Playful Pick
Drinks Please Bell
Slant Collections shopbop.com
$12.00

Be the hostess with the mostest thanks to this tiny little bell. Your friends—or partner—can ring it whenever they're in need of a refill. 

20
The Classic Pick
Snowball Globe
COOLSNOWGLOBES nordstrom.com
$27.00

You probably had snow globes in your room when you were a kid. This one is a thoroughly modern update to the classic holiday piece. 

21
The Retro Pick
Lava Lamp
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com
$26.00

Bring back a few cherished childhood memories with this retro lava lamp. Let the good vibes commence. 

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