Side Tables

A living room with an interesting side table. Shown with Silhouette Window Shadings, available at Bell's Ethan Allen Design Center in Newburgh, NY



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.

A living room with an interesting side table. Shown with Silhouette Window Shadings.
A side table with an unusually shaped metal base adds interest.



attention-getting pieces


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.

A metallic side table next to a chair. Shown with Pirouette Window Shadings.
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
– Books
– A floral arrangement or plant
– A vase
– A lamp
– A photograph of family, friends or a favorite destination
– Candles
– A clock

Take a look at your living room or great room from a different angle, and focus on side tables this season.

A side table with two books and a white piece of coral. Shown with Provenance Woven Wood Shades.
A side table is the perfect place to display books and interesting objects.