We decorate so many things in our home— fireplace mantels, shelves, bookcases, etc— but what about our accent tables? The flat surfaces of the console, coffee, and end tables in our spaces need some decorating style, too! But sometimes, it can be hard to make those random pieces look cohesive, rather than a clutter-collector. To help you out, we’ve compiled 5 tips that will help you stylishly decorate accent tables like a pro.
1. Add baskets or trays
Adding a shallow basket or tray to a coffee table is a stylish way to contain TV remotes, organize your decor accents, and add texture and color to your room. If using for decorative items, consider playing with height to create visual interest. For example, you could stack some of your favorite books in the basket and then top them off with a small bowl filled with moss spheres. Keep in mind that smaller tables, usually don’t need a basket or tray for decor organization as they can be too overpowering in size.
2. Light it up
Lighting is incredibly important in a home in both a functional sense and a decorative one— so it’s only natural that lamps would be a great choice for your accent tables. Have an open-concept floor plan? Consider two tall lamps to add height and define a space. A table at each end of your sofa? Placing a lamp on each one is an easy way to bring some symmetry to the room.
3. Think green
What better way to spruce up an accent table than by adding plants, flowers, or both? Greenery is a great way to add color, texture, and life to a space. They can add both beauty and softness. And, in most cases, plants that are small enough to fit atop the surface of an accent table are low maintenance. While real plants and flowers are lovely, they aren’t your only option. In fact, many faux plants and flowers work just as effectively as the real deal.
4. Incorporate personal touches
Personal touches are important. Whether it’s a photograph or piece of art, something that you made, or an object you picked up on a trip, consider adding it to an accent table. Your home should tell your story, so don’t hold back from adding something meaningful to table styling.
5. Remember, less is more
Accent tables aren’t usually very big. So, to keep them looking stylish, rather than overcrowded, aim to stick with the rule of three. Depending on the size of the items, you might be able to get away with no more than 5 items. However, a good general rule to follow is the rule of three, which will keep the top from looking cluttered.
Whether you’re looking to buy accent tables, or simply style the ones you already have, let us help! Stop by Cutting Corners to check out our accent furniture and accessories that are sure to elevate the look of your home. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out our gorgeous selection of discount designer fabrics, for a decor facelift!