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How to Style an End Table

by Jeffrey Hersheway |

A side table gives you a practical surface for storing and displaying your household necessities and decorative accents. However, end tables can be difficult to style when they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Here are some tips for styling smaller tables in your home to match your personality and personal aesthetic.

Choose the Right Shape

End tables come in a variety of shapes to suit different rooms. For example, a circular end table is perfect for creating a place for gathering and conversation. In contrast, a square table is ideal for large rooms, developing a sense of organization and geometry. A geometric table (rectangular, hexagonal, or octagonal) is the perfect addition to a modern or mid-century aesthetic, delivering a stunning conversation piece meant to stand out.

Birgit Metal Side Table


Add Decorative Accents

Decorative accents in your home should change from season to season, but some items are great mainstays. A lamp, some picture frames, and coasters are all welcome additions showcasing your taste. Pro Tip: adding fun and interesting hardcover books helps layer your décor while creating stimulating intellectual conversation!

Lamaar Round Side Table


Minimalize to Maximize

Follow the rule of 3 for smaller tables. For example, a combination of a succulent, lamp, and a family photo is all the large décor you need. You can also switch it up with a book or a notepad to add some function! Overall, try to stay under 5-6 items on your end table to prevent it from looking cluttered.

Rumsen Round Side Table


Make It Serve a Purpose

An end table should serve multiple purposes in your living room. Make sure that, regardless of how you style it, it feels functional. If you leave a space to charge your smartphone or tablet, put your book down, or rest your drink, you can have the best of both worlds. If you want even more practicality, try looking for an end table with drawers or a small storage area, providing a place to stow away blankets, household necessities, and reading material.

Mahdavi Round Metal Accent Table


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