Home Decor Ideas: Choosing the Perfect Side Table

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Five Tips for Side Table Home Decor Ideas

Gone are the days of the side table’s only purpose being to flank the sofa and love seat. Today, decorating with side tables has taken on a fun, creative vibe that can be used in any space for multiple purposes. The key to a perfectly placed side table is finding the right one to match any room decorating ideas.

1.  Quantity. The first step to choosing the right side table is determining how many are needed in the space. For large rooms with multiple sofas and chairs, an extra table for entertaining may be needed. For smaller spaces, keep it simple and uncluttered with the minimum number of side tables that will be functional. If more than two side tables are needed, choose two sets of two that complement one another but are not identical to break up the design.

2. Design. The design of the perfect side table will match the tone of the space. For a contemporary design, choose unconventional shapes and bold contrasting colors. For a sleek, classic look, choose wood tables with elegant legs and a smooth finish. Because side tables are an accessory to any space, bold contrasts or patterned finishes offer fun, eye-catching room additions.

3. Surface. Along with the design, the surface of side tables is important to room cohesion. For a table that is suitable for drinks and entertaining, choose a metal top or a glass top table. For storage and decorations, wood and finished tables are a good choice. For magazine and blanket storage, don’t shy away from fabric covered or upholstered tables.

4. Size. The size and height of the side table you are considering is critical to a successful choice. Always record the dimensions of the space as well as the furnishings to be sure that the side tables will fit in their intended location.

5. The Space. The space that you are decorating will be a critical component of choosing the right side table. If you have bold-patterned furnishings, a simple, neutral side table will not make the room look “busy”. If the furnishings are more minimalist, choose a side table that has detailing, color, or mixed textures to add variety.

While any side table can serve a purpose, the right side table can provide an element of charm, fun, and creativity to any space. With these easy home decor ideas, the right side table can also help highlight the overall functionality and personality of a space.

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