Anytime you’re choosing accent pieces for your living room, there are a few things you should keep in mind. It’s natural to prioritize style first and foremost (after all, this is an accent we’re talking about) but don’t forget about practicality. For example, if storage isn’t a problem in your living room, a design with tall + narrow hairpin legs can work great. But if you live in a small apartment where space is at a premium, it may be wiser to choose a more traditional cabinet design with built-in drawers.
We also love to mix old with new — so if you’re going with a really sharp and modern accent table, try accessorizing it with some classic books, a rustic lamp, or antique touches to create a depth of style and texture. Always think in layers; by creating different pockets of style clustered throughout your space, you can add a lot of intrigue to the room. Just don’t throw too many things together, or else it’ll start to feel cluttered.
It should go without saying, but don’t forget to measure things out before you choose a side table! You’ll want to make sure it’s the right height and size relative to your couch, accent chair, or futon. Also pay attention to the round or square surface area of the table; if you’re planning to put a big object like a computer printer on top, you’ll want to double check the measurements to avoid overhang.