Coffee tables should be a subtle statement piece. I know that seems like quite the contradiction but it's true. The materials used in all three tables here are substantial and well-made. The colors of each are neutral, which is important because the stuff on top will add the pop of color and texture to bring the whole look and vibe together.
Coffee Table Books
You probably haven't read any of your coffee table books, and that's okay—they're mostly decorative. Whenever you're buying books to stack, think about them as “conversation starters”, so aim to include books that encourage guests to inquire about what's inside. Just be prepared to answer any questions from your dinner party guests if they start flipping through one.
Scents are everything when it comes to setting a mood, and your coffee table is the heart of your living room so this is where you want your scent emanating from. Earthy or spicy smells are always the way to go in our humble opinion, but the choice of candle, incense or rugged pot-pourri is yours.
Organization and Maintenance
Finally, you need some sort of organizer for your trinkets—everything from your remotes to your lighters. You also need something sculptural and interesting. It can be purely decorative or a useful like a tool that comes in handy when tending to your candles.