There’s a reason they call pieces like a sofa or bed frame foundations of the home – they should be easy to work with even as your style evolves. Accent pieces, however, get all the fun!

Take the much neglected side table. A versatile piece that’s great for renters and homeowners alike, these little guys can change up your look in an instant, and are super simple to swap around.

My sofa has mid-century lines and loose linen back pillows (thanks to a little incident with my dog!) But, I made the sofa work with five different occasional tables, each a different aesthetic. Here’s proof that you can pretty much pair them with anything (styled accordingly!) and make them work in your space…

how to style your side table to match your aesthetic - minimal | via coco+kelley

Modern + Minimal:  The geometric chrome base and marble top are definitely the focal points in this set up. I didn’t want to clutter or detract from the beautiful lines, so I styled it simply. The look is pulled together with a couple of books and a pretty vase with greenery which adds a natural element to soften the modern lines.

how to style your side table to match your aesthetic - boho | via coco+kelley

Boho Eclectic: I’m a big fan of mixing tone on tone, as well as textures. The wood patterns play nicely off one another here to really warm up the modern sofa. Tropical houseplants always lend best to this style – the more the better! The vintage rug and leather ottoman also give that bohemian, eclectic vibe… it’s all about mixing!

how to style your side table to match your aesthetic - traditional | via coco+kelley

Traditional: Let’s call this look traditional, updated French country, or just plain cozy. There’s something about the curved base of that pedestal table that feels feminine, chic, and updated all at the same time. The brass table lamp is a bit modern in style, but its petite proportions are exactly what this table needs to balance things out. Paired with a classic patterned coffee table book, a trinket dish, and a sprig of greenery, it didn’t take much to change the look. The addition of a neutral throw helps to add texture and warmth.

how to style your side table to match your aesthetic - glam | via coco+kelley

Glamorous:  If you’ve got the space, this brass and glass side table can be installed facing forward (as pictured), or to the side for a terraced look. I’m digging that heavy marble lamp with the linen shade; I dare you to name a sophisticated lady who wouldn’t want that piece in her home! Of course any glam gal also loves fresh flowers on display, along with more brass and gold elements. Here, we kept them to a minimum – styling with books – but high shine objects like lacquered boxes or trays are always welcome in this scenario. The sheepskin rug adds an extra luxurious touch.

how to style your side table to match your aesthetic - masculine industrial | via coco+kelley

Masculine: Call me crazy, but more often than not, I’m attracted to masculine or gender neutral vignettes. There’s something about monochromatic, clean lines, and a touch of an industrial vibe that really speaks to me. This style is accented with plaid throws, and more sculptural objects. It’s simple, balanced, and practical.

Five looks later, what do you think? Which one is your fave? Overall, I think it’s about finding balance, textures, and objects that you like. If you fill your home with things you love, it’s going to be a space you want to live in, side tables just help to define it. xo, Sarah


  1. betty

    The linked lamp isn’t the same one pictured – bummer, cause I have that exact table and have been waffling over a lamp and love the one you have! Any ideas on one that’s all marble rather than the half and half and won’t break the bank?

    1. Sarah

      I actually found that lamp at HomeGoods! It didn’t have an original tag or brand name attached, so I had trouble sourcing that exact same one. Maybe check your local TJ Maxx? Fingers crossed!!

  2. Leah Prevost

    I love the masculine style as well! I’m not manly at all haha, but I am drawn to the industrial style, wood elements, wire basket, the plaid throw! I’m also loving the little brass lamp. And Im totally digging the glamorous and boho style as well. My taste is all over the place, pretty eclectic. Loved this post 🙂

  3. Ursula

    I’m definitely attracted to minimal and modern and the bottom look (masculine.) After looking at all the different ways you styled the side tables, I realized my side table is way too small and should invest in a bigger side table. Mmm, I’ll be on thehunt for a side table now 😉

  4. Caroline

    I absolutely LOVE the Glamorous look you created!
    Don’t understand why but can’t manage to op”en the websites linked, do you mind telling me where the side table and marble lamp come from??
    Thank you so much 🙂


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About Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson is the founder of lifestyle blog, Room for Tuesday. Aside from blogging, she is a full-time graphic and interior designer. Her projects range from marketing and graphic design to interior design, styling, and photo shoots. In her spare time, she loves a good outdoor adventure, Instagramming her dog Finn, and restoring vintage furniture.