We all have that side table, nightstand, or coffee table that we can’t quite figure out how to style. It needs to be functional, but also beautiful and contribute to the style of the space. This week on the blog, I decided to do a spin-off of Easy Shelf Styling Basics to give you some styling tips and a helpful printable guide for side tables and coffee tables.
When styling your coffee table or side table, keep in mind height, function, and balance. You want a variety of height so it is visually interesting. For function, ensure that your decor still allows you to practically use the furniture while balancing layers and placing the elements evenly throughout the table.
Here are some helpful tips when styling and shopping for your coffee table:
Start with the center of your table. I like to place a shallow tray or crate here which is stylish but also functional.
When choosing a tray, pick a material that will contrast with your ottoman or coffee table.
Anchor your tray with something with height, such as a plant or vase.
Surround the taller item with a few smaller items such as candles, books, or trinkets.
If your table is large, add another functional item- baskets or small wooden crates are perfect to corral items such as remotes or coasters.
Remember - the coffee table is the centerpiece of your living area! Save your favorite pieces for this area.
Favorite Coffee Table Items: Trays, Baskets, Books + Magazines, Crates, Wood Boxes, Plants, Trinkets, Orbs, + Candles
When styling a side table or night stand, I like to incorporate similar elements. Usually placed beside a couch, chair, or bed, remember the function is slightly different for these pieces.
Here are my favorite tips for styling a side table:
If incorporating a lamp, place that first - usually towards the back center or back side of the table.
If you are not using a lamp, chose a tall item such as a plant, vase, or lantern to create height in its place.
If you need to add more height or want to create contrast- add books, baskets, a tray, or crate underneath your lamp, vase, or plant.
Add another item next to your lamp/tall item. This should be about 1/2 to 1/3 the height of your tallest item.
Leave the front half of the table open for use. Sometimes, I will add a coaster but that is it.
If your side table is up against a wall, you can lean a print or framed photo in the back and layer smaller items in front of it.
Favorite Side Table Items: Lamps, Trays, Books, Vases, Jars, Plants, Trinkets, Orbs, Candles, Coasters, Framed Photos, Prints, + Artwork
I hope these inspiration photos and printable help you transform your living spaces! I would love to see your results!