Focus on your side tables
A side table – also called an end table or accent table – is different than a coffee table, which tends to be in front of your sofa and easy chairs. Because side tables sit alongside chairs or sofas, or against a wall, they’re often overlooked in planning your décor, yet they’re the perfect place to add an unusual or dramatic piece.
A side table can be an attention getter, without making such a big statement that it totally defines your space.
(IMAGE: A side table with an unusually shaped metal base adds interest.)
When shopping for an attention-getting side table, think:
- Asian painted pieces
- Turkish or Moroccan inlaid wood tables
- Recycled wood pieces
- Metallic pieces in a matte, shiny or distressed finish
- Clear bold lucite tables
Or you can transform an existing side table by painting it a dramatic color, refinishing it with a faux finish or topping it with a beautiful piece of glass, marble, granite or mirror. Just make sure the design is in scale with your existing furnishings and complements your décor.
(IMAGE: An attention-getting metallic side table with a distressed finish. )
What to display
Side tables are perfect for displaying decorative objects, but don’t add too many objects or you’ll create clutter. Think about displaying items such as:
- A small sculpture or object
- A floral arrangement or plant
- A vase
- A lamp
- A photograph of family, friends or a favorite destination
- A clock
(IMAGE: A side table is the perfect place to display books and interesting objects.)
Take a look at your living room or great room from a different angle, and focus on side tables this season.
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