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7 side table decor ideas for your living room

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Olivia Lowry
7 side table decor ideas for your living room

 When you first upgrade from hand-me-downs and furniture freebies, you usually have three key items in mind for the living room: A coffee table, a TV stand, and of course, that dream sofa. 

A trusty side table, often overlooked, is the hidden gem of the living room. The coffee table typically takes centre stage, while the side table sits subtly in the shadows away from the limelight. Small but mighty, this furniture piece is perfect for drinks, books, and anything else you want to keep within easy reach of your new perfect perch.

To help, we’ve gathered some side table ideas from some of our Swyft fans' lovely living rooms for your inspiration. Take a look at our list of side table design and decor ideas for a functional, yet beautiful addition to your space. 

Seasonal somethings

side table with tulip flowers


Spruce up an existing side table by treating it as an ever-changing seasonal decor display. In spring, display tulips or daffodils like @renov8teen has done here, as a nod to the approach of summer days. In summer, a dried colourful bouquet of flowers adds a pop of colour, and in winter, swap bunches out for festive mistletoe or a mini tree.

Terrarium greens

Model A side table in Ash and Model 05 in Mustard

Create a whole mini-ecosystem on your side table as @our_townhouse_by_the_sea has done with this plant terrarium, cleverly contrasting green leaves with the yellow of our Model 05 sofa in Mustard. 

(Model A Side Table in Ash)

Light it up

Model 02 sofa with rose gold side table and globe shaped floor lamp

By placing this globe floor lamp over a rose gold side table, @atnumberfourteen_ has cleverly created a sleek focal point in the room. We reckon this is the perfect, elegant spot to keep an evening glass of your favourite fizz. 

(Model 02 Sofa in Velvet Fabric with Ottoman)

Tones and textures

side tables

We’re big fans of this combination of our Model A side table in Mid Ash and a neat hairpin leg mini table with marble texture from @asouthlondonhome. Gone are the days of your parents matching furniture (sorry, mum!) as we make the swap to clever contrasting.

Soft edges

Mid century style side table and Model 03 sofa in Pumice

Tucked away beside our Model 03 is this stunning handmade mid-century side table. Curved edges give this piece a soft feel, adding to the relaxing feel of @halstead_house_build’s kitchen living space.

Trinkets and treasures

Model 02 in Vine and folding metal white side table with storage box

Make like @hrlsmrphy and utilise a folding table for a super organised, yet beautifully styled side piece. The addition of a mini folding storage crate in a pop of lilac creates the ideal place to keep all your essentials and important bits. 

(Model 02 sofa)

WFH ready

Model A side table in Ash with laptop on top of it, in front of a Model 03 sofa

Who said side tables have to stay at the end of your sofa? Not @ourneutralground. Function meets beauty here, where a higher side table like our Model A in Mid Ash makes for the perfect laptop spot. Tackling that inbox from the comfort of your sofa never felt better.

Need a little extra on the side? Grab a cuppa and explore: How To Find The Perfect Rug For Your Living Room, Comfy Reading Corner Ideas, and How To Choose An Armchair. 

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