The quintessential centre table of our parent’s generation — meant for coffee, snacks, and the daily newspaper — has been given a new avatar, in the form of a trendy centerpiece. The coffee table has both functional and aesthetic relevance. Unlike its yesteryear counterpart, which was meant to be dragged around the living room to hold a bowl of munchies when guests are over. Today, the coffee table works in multiple shifts — a cocktail perch, storage for books and magazines, and a spot to work your styling magic with trays, pretty little terrariums, and neat collectibles.

We’ve put together five of our favorite coffee tables that cost close to nothing but hold the promise of looking like a million bucks in any living room.

1. Verlen Coffee Table
The Verlen coffee table fits in seamlessly in most contemporary and modern settings.

Perfect for: Contemporary and modern settings
Price: Rs 8,590/-

Featuring a balance of curvaceousness and fine lines, the Verlen coffee table fits in seamlessly with most living rooms. Its airy metal base ensures visual relief in a space dominated by solid wood pieces.

2. Margo Center Table
Style this coffee table with a tray of knick knacks to create an interesting centre piece.

Perfect for: Transitional spaces
Price: Rs 7,790/-

We love the stylishly minimal hairpin legs of the Margo. The use of contrasting materials truly amplifies its transitional nature by marrying bits of old (wood) with new (black metal legs). Style the tabletop with a tray of knick knacks to create an interesting centerpiece.

3. Aden Coffee Table
If you love old-school furniture, then the Aden coffee table is definitely for you.

Perfect for: Retro-themed spaces
Price: Rs 5,490/-

If you have a love for splayed, angular legs, and lean more towards old-school furniture, then the Aden is definitely for you. It will slip in easily into a home that features a lot of mid-century modern pieces. Stack a few books in its cubby storage and place a potted plant on its table top to transform your living room.

4. Espeneli Centre Table
The Espeneli coffee table is sure to infuse rustic charm into any space.

Perfect for: Classical spaces
Price: Rs 11,990/-

Infuse a rustic spin with the Espeneli. We’re sure the hand-distressed finish of the table will add oomph to your classical living room, while its twinkling ceramic and metal knobs bring in some vintage charm. Its functionality exceeds expectations thanks to a roomy shelf below and deep drawers that can be pulled open from either end.

5. Netra Coffee Table
We love the antiquie-inspired feel of the Netra coffee table.

Perfect for: Classical and eclectic spaces
Price: Rs 8,590/-

If you’re looking to balance the riot of intricate prints in your French-parlour themed living room or are looking to offset the quirkiness of your eclectic space with an antique-inspired piece, then the curvy legs and pale body of the Netra is what you need. The best part? It’s wide enough to double up as a dining table for two on a romantic evening. Just add floor cushions for seating.