While a coffee table can be a real treasured addition to your living room, end tables can be a bit of a bore. Often they are simply refashioned versions of the coffee table, which lose something in the translation.
But accent tables can really jazz up the room, taking the place of end tables and defining the corners of your sofa, love seat or even a couple of oversized occasional chairs, where an end table is often used as a makeshift table between them.
Accent tables look very different than traditional end tables. They can be highly decorative, making them terrific for anchoring the upholstered furnishings in the room. What’s more, accent tables come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you can select a table that is perfect for the space you have available.
For instance, some end tables just don’t scale well in a room, especially when you have a large sectional that dominates the landscape. Smaller accent tables can fill the bill perfectly, as you can get one that is thinner but no less useful.
One of the great things about accent tables is there are so many choices out there. You can purchase models that are very ornate, lovingly crafted with intricate inlays and scrolled edging. Or you can go with accent tables that are very modern and minimalist, fitting perfectly in with a contemporary sofa or modern sectional. If you really have a passion, you can show these off with these tables, too. There are accent tables that are themed to any number of pursuits, from wine and golf to fishing and travel.
If you’re a collector, think about getting a glass-topped display table. The drawer opens below it so you can add your collection of artifacts from your travels or seashells from your trip to the beach. You can even make little memory boxes of your favorite things from your children.
That’s one of the great things about accent tables, their versatility. But don’t think for a moment that they need to be reserved for the living room alone. You can add these tables to virtually any room in the home. Thanks to their small size and flexibility, you can add a table in any room that needs a real standout piece to accent the existing décor.
For instance, accent tables make a great substitute for a nightstand in a bedroom. Or you can add one to a corner of the room that needs a small lamp, such as right next to a chair where you like to read or watch TV.
You can also add a small table to your bathroom, placing guest towels on it instead of a towel rack. Add an antique washbasin and a pitcher filled with fresh flowers or potpourri to give the bathroom a fresh and fragrant look.
If space is at a premium but you still need table space for entertaining, consider purchasing nesting tables or stacking tables. These will store nicely out of the way (they’re basically a table within a table within a table) until you need them for a dinner party or during the holidays, when there always seems to be more food than space. They’re great for storing the holiday pies until dinner is through and it’s time for dessert.
Because there are so many models, styles, shapes and finishes available, you may want to start your hunt online for accent tables. Online retailers have a lot of selection and it’s a great place to shop, especially if you can find a retailer who offers free shipping. That’s a really convenient service for those of us who have very little free time on their hands to go from store to store, looking for the perfect table.
Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops including that offer both items and information on how you can easily furnish and decorate your space.
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