How to Style a Side Table

Side tables are a very personal sentimental piece of furniture.  They often hold pictures of your loved ones, your favourite books & flowers.  But how do you create a harmonious balance?  When does it start to look cluttered or too bare?  In this post, we will be giving tips on how to choose your table, the layout & how to accessorise it.

“A design principle which affects every room of your home. It dictates layout, size and shape of objects, the work triangle of a kitchen, even the color, pattern and fabric designs of your room.”

Choosing Your Table

Side tables are a way to enhance a living room or family room. It’s important to keep a side table’s function in mind but just as important to choose a side table for its beauty and the way it exhibits your personal style.

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Things to consider when choosing your table

  • Are you planning on storing things in or on a side table?
  • Will you use it to stack books or other things?
  • If you will be using it to hold drinks and food, glass, marble or other stone would be a good choice.
  • Is the area for a side table small. Stacking tables are a great way to expand usable area.

Grouping Objects

Depending on the size and style of a coffee table, grouping pieces together is another way to create balance. When using two tables, a glass table two-tiered table, or square table, symmetry works well as a way to achieve balance.  This includes playing with height & shape. Using objects with varying heights will keep the eye moving and create more visual appeal.

Accessorising Your Table

There are so many ways to style/accessorize a table, and really there are no rules. However, if you aren’t sure where to begin below is a list of basic items to use that you can’t go wrong with:

  • A lamp
  • Artwork/mirror
  • Books
  • Floral/branches

Just a couple little tiny blooms in a small bottle would add life and beauty to a side table. Other organics like sticks and twigs or even a very very convincing faux plant would soften up the table too!

Layer your accessories.  Don’t be afraid to let your lamp cover a portion of the artwork.  Add pops of colour & include items collected from your travels. This is a great way to start a conversation & will make your decor unique.

Which Look Appeals to You?


Mix warm metallics like this accent table with velvety jewel-toned pillows for a romantic look.


Try an elegant, leggy side table and fl oor lamp on top of an overdyed Persian rug, and finish off with ikat pillows.


Gather relaxed elements like a jute rug, colourful pillows and a shapely table lamp. Rustic wood nesting tables provide extra surface space.


Limit your palette to a few key neutrals and keep the details streamlined. Choose an accent table with a drawer to hide remote controls.

Inspire, surprise & challenge yourself –  How will you style your table? 

Let your creative juices flow & have fun!