So you’ve just purchased your gorgeous new sofa and can’t wait to finish your room with side tables, a rug and coffee table. Luckily, side tables are easy, they don’t really matter as they’re tucked away to the side of the sofa and one can hardly see them… WHAT?! Come again? OK, all jokes aside… Finding the perfect side table requires patience, quite a few shopping hours (preferably without your husband), sometimes a few tears and lots of planning. Side tables are part of your overall room design and you have to make sure that they don’t distract from your focal point. They should also be practical and not conflict with the rest of your room design. Although side tables never get the glory, they whisper of a homeowner that pays attention to little details to create a comfortable, inviting space for guests.
Let me give you a few guidelines to help in your search:
A side table works best when it’s at the same height as the arm of the sofa it’s next to, or no lower than about 10 centimetres below that. A standard sofa arm is aroud 60cm high, so aim for a table about that height, or a couple of centimetres lower. If you can’t find a table you like within your target height range, then rather go for shorter rather than taller. Side tables that are taller, look awkward and make for an uncomfortable journey for your arm from sofa to table.
Think about what you would like to place on your side table. You’ll probably want some soft lighting in the form of a table lamp, you might want to put a book down just before your nanna nap, or most probably a drink if you’re visiting my house. Side table widths vary greatly, but look for something that would be substantial enough to carry a few items. Aything smaller that 45cm would be impractical and not in balance with the size of your sofa and coffee table.
There are some beaufitful side tables available today in any style you can imagine. Matching side tables to your coffee table is fine, but it could create a yawn worthy experience. This is your chance to create some interesting effects in your living room. Why not go for a metal and marble combination, or steel frame and timber top. Wire mesh or woven material can add another layer of texture, or you may even find that an interesting, art deco inspired bling table can add a touch of sophistication that had been lacking in the room.
In general, lounge rooms have a lot of rectangular shapes. They’re found in the frames of art works, the rug, the shape of the sofa, as well as most coffee tables. Adding round side tables is a no fail way to soften the overall look of your lounge room.
Your side tables do not need to match the coffee table. I know it’s probably the easier option to just go out and buy the whole set (especially when shopping with your husband and you want the experience to be over and done with :)) It’s important to carefully consider each piece, as they will impact the room differently. If you want to have harmony and balance with a touch of “WOW”, take a little time with your shopping, even if it means leaving hubby at home.
Cheerio ’til next time!