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Accent tables are a wonderful way to add character, surface space, and function to any room. Below we’ve shared the benefits of accent tables in addition to how to choose one, how to style them in a room, and how to decorate them. Finally, we share our list of 13 super cool accent tables for your home.
Accent tables are great for helping living rooms, bedrooms, and any home space flow. They provide a stable and stylish place to sit lamps, books, drinks, decor, and more. This increases the overall surface area available in each room, a significant benefit of accent tables. Because accent tables are functional and a piece of art, they bring value to any room that they’re in. They also can help balance a room; two identical accent tables at each couch end bring balance and symmetry to the room.
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Accent tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some tables offer functional storage space whereas some tables are more decorative. To determine what accent tables are best for your space, consider how much space you have, what style you’re going for, and what you’d like the accent tables to be used for.
Size and Shape
Look for accent tables that are about the same height as the arm of your couch or chair that it will be sitting next to. You’ll also want your accent tables to not be deeper than the furniture it’s placed by. If you have a small or crowded room, a small accent table will complement the space better than a large accent table.
To give variety to the shapes in your room, as opposed to having all your furniture be square or round, consider what shapes are already in your space. If you have a boxy-shaped couch, round accent tables soften a room and can complement your couch well. On the other hand, if you have a lot of round and whimsical pieces of furniture, a more structured square or rectangular accent table may look nice.
Accent tables come in a plethora of styles (see our list below) which is great for bringing personality and character to any room. For example, if your room lacks natural light, placing a glass accent table in the space can help reflect light just as mirrors do. If you’re decorating along a specific theme (farmhouse, modern, eclectic, etc.), adding accent tables that accompany your theme will help pull the room together. For example, farmhouse-style accent tables would look perfect with a farmhouse-style TV stand. With that being said, accent tables don’t have to completely match your theme. Pops of color and unique modern accent tables are nice touches too.
Accent tables not only add surface area and style to any room, but they can also offer storage space and shelving functionality. Small spaces tend to lack storage space so incorporating accent tables with built-in storage can help hold your items in a stylish way. Accent tables with shelving can be used as a mini bookshelf where books can be easily grabbed and read.
Accent tables tend to pull the whole room together. Most often, accent tables are placed at each end of a sofa couch and at least one next to each chair in the room. A round accent table may be a coffee table, especially for smaller spaces. Accent tables also look great between two identical chairs.
The great thing about accent tables is they don’t always have to sit near couches and chairs. A small accent table in front of a window is a great place to set a plant or vase. An accent table also looks great, and serves a purpose, by sitting next to the front door. This offers homeowners and guests a place to set keys, mail, and other items when they walk into the home.
Accent tables are great places for setting drinks and lamps but also for showcasing your personality and style. Here are a few tips when it comes to accent table decorations.
The Rule of 3
Decorating with the ‘rule of 3’ in mind will help you maximize the space on your accent table without overdoing it. The ‘rule of 3’ simply suggests decorating with 3 items only. This small odd-numbered collection is pleasing to the eyes, making it interesting to look at but not overwhelming.
Depending on where your accent table is, you should decorate it with items that will help serve the purpose of the end table. If the table is sitting next to a reading chair, add books to it. If your table is sitting next to a freestanding bathtub, add a washcloth, soap, and a candle. Shallow baskets add style to accent tables and hold remotes and other small items.
Placing items on your accent table that have varying heights will cause the eyes to see a well-rounded space. Some examples of this include tall plants and short frames or a tall lamp and short candles. Typically the tallest piece on your table will be your ‘main’ piece.
Fresh or Faux Florals
Fresh or fake flowers bring life and elegance to any accent table. While you can decorate with any color of flowers, solid neutral colors like creams and whites flow with any room theme.
Now that you’ve got a better idea of the benefits of accent tables and how to choose and style them, here are 14 unique accent table ideas for your space.
1. Uma Home Grey Teakwood and Metal Side Table
The Uma Teakwood and Metal Side Table is a table and sophisticated piece of art in one. With an accent table as unique as this one, it will make a statement whether it’s near the entryway or on the back patio.
- Model #: 1965326
- Size: 15.88” x 15.88” x 22”
2. Vintage Furniture Chalet Round Accent Table
Providing a great space for books and other decor items, the Vintage Furniture Chalet Accent Table is the perfect tall accent table for your reading nook. Its cottage-style look pairs wonderfully with other cottage and farmhouse-style furniture.
- Model #: 1694461
- Size: 24” x 24” x 28”
3. Rustic Imports Cottage Aged Grey Chairside Table
Another cottage and farmhouse-style accent table is the Rustic Imports Chairside Table. This two-toned accent table is slim, making it the perfect size for small spaces and next to couches that are near a wall. Inside are two shelves for storing books, toys, and more.
- Model #: 1999247
- Size: 24” x 14” x 24”
4. Steve Silver Co. Roland Round Stone Top End Table
To soften any room, the Steve Silver Co. Round Table is elegant with a flowing hourglass design. The natural, yellow stone top provides plenty of surface area for a lamp and decor. The unique base is made of brass metal.
- Model #: 1597187
- Size: 24” x 24” x 25”
5. Crestview Collection Trenton Gunmetal and Grey Oak End Table
The Crestview Gunmetal End Table is a cool gold accent table for rooms with a contemporary style. Its color and grey oak top make a statement all the while looking clean and stylish.
- Model #: 1961709
- Size: 18” x 18” x 23.25”
6. Rustic Imports Cottage Aged Grey End Table
This Rustic Imports Cottage End Table pairs perfectly with our #3 accent table and offers a bit more storage space within. Two inner shelves are inside with windows on each side of the accent table.
- Model #: 1999249
- Size: 24” x 26” x 24”
7. Furniture Source International Ainsley Side Table
For a rustic look, the Furniture Source Ainsley Side Table is made with solid reclaimed wood that has been finished with natural waxes. A metal frame sits below. This handcrafted and unique side table brings that natural wood look to any home.
- Model #: 1627545
- Size: 24” x 28” x 24”
8. Forty West Fisher Side Table
For a more functional accent table, the Forty West Fisher Table offers plenty of storage space and style. This coastal accent table features a metal frame, glass top, and wooden center.
- Model #: 2026477
- Size: 22” x 30” x 33”
9. International Furniture Direct Pueblo White End Table
The International Furniture Pueblo Table features 100% solid pine with a distressed wooden look. This rustic white accent table with mesh panels offers convenient storage space within and would pair well with other rustic, farmhouse, or cottage-style pieces.
- Model #: 1447550
- Size: 22.75” x 26”
10. Steve Silver Co. Lucca Marble Top End Table
Add a modern piece of art to any room with this Steve Silver Lucca Marble Table. A marble top and birch veneered base add value to any space all while offering plenty of surface area for books, a lamp, and more.
- Model #: 2030438
- Size: 22” x 24” x 24”
11. Uma Home Black Metal Contemporary Accent Table
To save on space, the Uma Black Accent Table offers a place to set a drink without taking up too much room. With its unique metal and hexagonal shape, this table can be slid under couches or chairs.
- Model #: 2012549
- Size: 14” x 16” x 24”
12. Crestview Collection Pleasant Hill Hexagon End Table
The Crestview Pleasant Hill Hexagon Table is not just a modern accent table but a unique wooden geometric accent table. It is constructed with wood and adds rustic flair to any room.
- Model #: 1917845
- Size: 20” x 20” x 24”
13. Crestview Collection Bengal Manor Round End Table
For contemporary style rooms, the Crestview Bengal Manor Table offers a great place for sitting drinks, books, and decor all while adding an elegant touch. Made of wood and metal with antique black nickel accents, this table would look great indoor or as an outdoor accent table.
- Model #: 1916916
- Size: 20” x 20” x 24”
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