Creating Interest With Accent Tables

Posted In Design - 01/11/2017

Looking for a way to add interest to your living room?  Want to create a designer look but don’t know where to start?  One easy way to create a custom feel in your home is to pull together unique and individual pieces of furniture for a tailor-made look.

Living room accent tables are an excellent opportunity to create a personalized feel to your space.  While living room table sets are convenient, combining different types of tables adds interest and character to your room creating a designer-like, tailor-made feel.

It’s easier than you think to create a room with unique appeal and fun to collect those pieces that speak to you.

Coffee Tables & Cocktail Tables

Your cocktail/coffee table is the biggest piece and would be the most obvious as a “stand out” option.  Choose something that is approximately the same height as your sofa. Tables with shelves offer extra space to store magazines and remote controls.  Chests and footlockers offer hidden storage for throws, games and other household items.

A popular alternative to a table is a cocktail ottoman which gives you an added benefit as a comfortable place to rest your feet, added seating when you have people over and can easily be topped with a tray to function as a coffee table day-to-day. If you are looking for something more unique, vintage steamer trunks, footlockers and large seagrass baskets can also serve the role of a coffee table.

Side Tables & Accent Tables

Side tables and accent tables are taller and smaller than coffee tables.  They will flank your sofa, sectional or sit beside an accent chair.   As they are situated beside and between larger seating pieces, they tend to blend into the decor, demanding less attention but are still a great way to add interest.  These tables can vary in size – either just large enough for a book and a cup of tea or with more surface space leaving room for a table lamp.  They do not have to match each other or the coffee table.

Because they take up less visual space, you can be even more experimental with side tables without overwhelming your room.  Try different finishes, styles and materials.  Stools, vintage luggage, and woven baskets can all be great options for side tables.

Blending Looks – Making it Work

To keep your room cohesive, the tables should work together and make sense with the room, but that can mean anything from utilizing similar wood finishes, similar styles (all contemporary, all rustic, all industrial), or that the different pieces match different finishes throughout the room.

For instance, take another look at the room pictured at the top of this article.  We’ve got three completely different tables, different materials, different colors, but they all work beautifully together in the room.  The cocktail ottoman is a rich supple gray leather that accents the color of the sofa, the front accent table is glass topped with brass base, which picks up on the gold tones throughout the room and echoes the crisscross pattern on the accent chair and toss pillows. And the far end table is a deep cherry that highlights the warm brown tones in the space.  The result is a sophisticated living room that is rich with colors and textures.

Don’t be afraid to play with colors and finishes.  For instance, in a cottage-style room where white furniture is expected and a set of three white tables can be a predictable choice.

But mixing things up can adds richness and character to your room.

Another option is to mix styles – this old-world trunk is paired with a contemporary abstract side table and has coordinated wood tones with the side table adding the luster of a glass top.  Further accenting the room is a third table in a pop of silver shimmer.  All of these pieces can work together if there are other elements in the room that they connect with.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with table combinations – you’ll build a unique living room that you will love for years to come.

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