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How To Style :: Your Sofa Side Table

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