The flat surface of an end table is prime decorating real estate. But, accessorizing an end table is not always easy! What are the items that need to be on an end table? What will make this area useful? And how do we make an end table look attractive? Many of us don’t give lots of thought about making each end table in our home look amazing much less how it will work with the rest of the room. However, I can hopefully make decorating each end table in your home easy and functional and oh, so fabulous! Let’s style an end table!
Today on our podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about END TABLES! How to choose them, what to use, and how to decorate them! If you are wondering about side tables this is an episode for you!
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Today I’m featuring a very simple and easy to decorate side table. How a table is styled depends on how big horizontal surface is, the size of the things to go on the table and the end table’s use!
If your table is big and is not going to be used to hold someone’s drink then you can add larger items and spread them out a bit.
If your table is going to be used to hold an occasional drink there should be lots of open space so nothing gets knocked over.
Not every element I’m sharing today can go on every end table. Choose the ones that work for you and your room!
So let’s get to it!
I have two of the same lamps on end tables on either side of my sofa. However, my end tables are different in shape. The color and height are the same and I really LOVE not having them entirely matchy-matchy!
Today I’m sharing a nice size end table with two shelves. End tables with shelves are a big decor win! Sometimes they are just decorated like the one here and sometimes they are not as much styled as they are filled and used!
Let’s get back of matchy-matchy, I do like the same lamps flanking a sofa. It brings in a little bit of symmetry I love! Both of my end tables are large enough to work with the heft of my big urn shaped lamp. The lampshade is just passable. The throat of the lamp is showing (and that’s okay) but the socket does not show (thank goodness). I love the little on/off chains that hang and wanted to show them off.
I tend to like tall lamps because I have high ceilings, but one smaller would work here too! It’s good to be mindful of how much space on a table your lamp will take up.
Striking a balance between the size of a lamp and the size of a table is important! A lamp is the number one consideration when styling an end table!
For me, books not only bring a personal touch and color to an end table they also work as risers! Oh, I love a stack of books! If you have space on your end table think about adding two or three books to the mix. They don’t have to really take up space if you use them as a perch for another item on them!
I chose decorating books that have shades of blue to work with the coasters on the table! BTW… you know how I LOVE Savannah, aka “The Mothership”! Paula Deen’s Savannah Style is low-country at it’s decorated best! And it is one of my all time favorite decorating books! You can see the book HERE.
A table is the perfect place to display art or photographs! As you can see I have a silhouette of Beau the Wonder Dog on the end table! Just a small photo or little work of art adds such warmth and charm to an end table. If the vase I chose for the flowers was less bulky I might have propped Beau’s likeness next to the flowers on the books!
I get lots of emails asking me why I don’t have family pictures places around my home. The answer is quite simple. I just don’t want them in my photographs on my blog. I think my children (and now my grandson Anderson and soon to be granddaughter Emma Kate) deserve a little privacy.
So instead of taking them down every time I take pictures I keep them in my bedroom to enjoy. Now when that room is finally made over enough to share I’m not sure what I will do!
If your end table is against a wall, propping a smaller mirror behind the other objects on the table can look amazing! Even think about layering a mirror or larger piece of art with a smaller empty frame in front of it.
Not every table in a room needs to have something organic on it like flowers. But maybe one or two would be nice! Bobby picked these snapdragons from our garden today. So of course, I am using them. And I chose to put them in handmade jug type vase that also works as a piece of art.
Just a couple little tiny blooms in a small bottle would add life and beauty to a side table. Other organics like sticks and twigs or even a very very convincing faux plant would soften up the table too!
A pretty bowl with willow or moss balls would work just as well! Be creative and work with things you have. I’ve even put flowering weeds in a little vase on an end table. Who knew?
Coasters and bowls seem like an odd pairing and they are! I have a set of attractive coasters in my living room and family room and a great place for them to find a home are on end tables!
I also love to display a little bowl or even a stack of pretty and different bowls on an end table but I would probably not have coasters and bowls on the same table. So it’s one or the other.
It’s best if you display coasters to have a few nice coordinating ones to show off. If you have a mish-mosh of coasters, that’s okay, just keep them in a drawer until they are needed!
A table looks so personalized and inviting if there is something special to you on it! The silhouette of Beau works as art and as something personal on this end table.
I might have arranged things a little differently to include a darling monogrammed lucite box I recent received.
Even something with a bit of whimsy or a fun piece that looks a tad out of place can be so interesting on a side table! This is a place to let your personality shine!
How about rearranging and styling a few side tables in your home? I’m taking a second look at mine!
Now it’s your turn. What do you like to put on an end table?
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