Side tables offer visual impact and practical appeal in a compact profile, making them a versatile accent with tons of styling potential. Whether placed for balance as a small end table at the edge of a sofa, styled as a statement piece with an occasional chair, or furnishing an outdoor space for a refined touch, side tables come in various designs fashioned with dynamic silhouettes from unique materials. It is helpful to consider how the elements of an end table sit in conversation with the whole aesthetic of a space and what those individual elements can do to evolve a room’s feel.
Choosing a Side Table for Your Space
When browsing side tables or end tables for a living room, you will often be working around a few pieces of furniture like a sofa or console table. For a tailored look, think about pairing a few pieces from the same collection. We love the Margot side table with a drawer for a casual coastal feel with its rich natural textures and woven cane paneling. Living room end tables can also bring intentional tonal contrast to a space. A sleek silhouette made from a dense material like fiber cement or marble can help ground an airy room with a solid presence, such as with the Anja indoor/outdoor side table. Traditional design elements like a shelf on side tables, lends a living room practicality and timeless sophistication into a transitional aesthetic.
In an entryway or hallway, small end tables or side tables can be a compact, functional alternative to a console table. Whether a setting place for some thoughtful décor or a minimal accent serving as a convenient dropping place in the entryway, end tables are the perfect practical touch to elevate your style throughout the home.
Types of End Tables
Layering textures is essential to adding tactile and visual appeal to your home. From rough-hewn bare wood end tables to glassy marble statement pieces, end tables for living room spaces or hallways are a great way to bring texture into a look. Think about how different textures can work off each other to elevate a space.
Concrete Side Tables
A rare pairing of earthy and modern tones mark this versatile material. Whether polished or given a rough finish, concrete has a distinctive texture often set off with a sculptural profile. Many concrete end tables can also be styled outside, such as the Kai table.
Mirrored and Glass End Tables
Glass and mirrors are often used to bring surfaces into a smaller area while keeping the space light and open. A thoughtful design with glass or mirrors, such as the Nicolina side table, can do so much more. Its smooth glossy touch is a refined accent that can reflect and vitalize other materials for a striking effect.
Metal Side Tables
Metal side tables offer a sleek, modern aspect. Depending on the finish, they can also reflect subtle industrial notes or elevate opulent tones in a space. Check out our Nayla Nesting Side Tables for an airy design with a clean-lined metal base.
Rattan + Cane Side Tables
Whether you are looking for something vintage-inspired or coastal and breezy, rattan and cane end tables are an ever-fresh way to bring natural artisanal texture into a room. Pair with other rattan furniture and smooth upholstered pieces for timeless casual elegance. Try a piece, like the Anson indoor/outdoor end table, for a subtle and practical nod to this style.
Stone End Tables
Stone can be a super dynamic material for your space. For a polished look, marble on a side table is a luxe touch with timeless appeal. Rough-hewn stone surfaces can ground a room with moody tones. Stone end tables often come with a powerful visual weight making them brilliant statement pieces.
Wood End Tables
Wood end tables can be the perfect complement for a warm space full of cozy touches and soft natural layers. Wood can also offer warm minimalism with a clean pared-down profile, such as with the Ada side table. Solid-wood living room end tables are the perfect organic touch to tie a room together.
Whichever way you style them, remember that your side tables allow you the flexibility to showcase your aesthetic. It allows you a chance to express your unique vision with nuanced designs. Side tables bring texture and elegance into a space with a small and functional accent piece. Put your attention to detail on full display with the perfect end table. Check out our Living Room Shop by Room page for more ideas and inspiration on how to best create stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less