may 19, 2020

Mixing Coffee Tables and Side Tables

In living spaces, it’s no doubt that sofas and chairs typically get the spotlight. However, in our opinion, it’s the tables that really make the entire space feel cohesive and finished. Not only do coffee tables and side tables provide a very functional purpose for resting your feet, setting your drink on, or providing a spot for a lamp, they can also be some of the most beautiful and detail oriented pieces in the space as well.

While it’s so fun to pick out these elements, we know that pairing them together can sometimes be a bit tricky. When it comes to coffee tables and side tables, we hate to use the term “matching” because while they should be coordinated they don’t have to exactly match (i.e. same wood or metal finishes). In fact, it actually makes the room feel more visually interesting and personalized to curate pieces that aren’t in the same family.

To make this process easier for y’all, we’ve put together a list of our favorite tips when it comes to mixing coffee tables and side tables as well as a roundup of combinations for you to shop!

Different Families of Finishes: We tend to stay away from coffee tables and side tables that feature the same finish (i.e. both walnut wood or brass metal). When the finishes are the same, it looks a bit repetitive and in the spirit of always wanting to add more texture – the more variation in finishes, the better! We suggest opting for pieces that complement each other instead (i.e. a dark wood coffee table with a light rattan side table or a white satin coffee table with a dark wood side table).

Switch Up the Shapes: From rectangle, square, oval, and round, there are so many possibilities when it comes to the shape of your tables! Try and switch things up and select pieces that vary in their shape.

Think of the Purpose: Make sure to consider how you’ll be using the space and table. Do you have little ones running around? Do you enjoy entertaining? Is this a more formal space? All of these factors can impact your choice of tables! For example, tables that are round and feature a distressed wood are a great option for homes with children as you won’t have to worry about sharp corners and inevitable scratches in the wood as time goes on.

Show Some Personality: This of course has to do with your own personal style, but consider table details that will create a wow factor in your space. Is it an interesting color? A unique leg feature? These type of details tend to go a long way in a room!


To shop, simply hover over the item and click the “+” mark or scroll to the item to find each piece linked. Happy shopping!


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