15 Side Table Decoration Ideas


Perfect in the living room or hallway, bedroom or home office, side tables are the unsung heroes of the furniture world. Small but mighty, the humble side table is practically an essential in most homes. It’s easy for our side tables to become messy with household clutter; bits of paperwork here, toys there. They deserve so much more! With that in mind, here’s some inspiration for creating a curated (not cluttered) look. Show your side table some love and try one of these 15 ideas today:

1. Chic Simplicity

chic side tableImage Credit: Anna Bieniek

We like to keep things simple around here, and this bedside table is no different. It’s modern and unfussy, with just a few stylish elements to keep things interesting. This carefully arranged vignette cleverly utilises the rule of three; the plant adds a burst of colour to a predominantly neutral space, the alarm clock is practical and the stacked origami boxes chic. This minimalist design is perfect for reducing unnecessary clutter in the bedroom.

2. Vintage Charm

vintage side tableImage Credit: Stacie

From one era to another, we've gone back in time for this side table decoration! An old flea market find is the perfect spot for a record player and framed piece of art. We love the vintage suitcases tucked underneath – they add another layer to the look. If storage is limited in your home, consider using the space beneath a side table. Small wire baskets (or vintage suitcases) are ideal for holding those items you don’t need to hand at all times.

3. Modern Geometry

geometric side tableImage Credit: Stacie

Embrace one of this year’s top interior design trends with a patterned side table. The geometric print and monochrome colour palette look amazing mixed with the organic shape and colours of the plants. If you’re handy with a paintbrush you can paint this pattern on to an old piece of furniture, otherwise cheat with wallpaper or decals – we won’t tell! Pattern mixing is also in at the moment, so don’t worry about your side table clashing with your sofa or the carpet. Embrace the eclectic vibe.

4. Bright Blues

bright blue side tableImage Credit: Amie Fedora

A coat (or two) of paint is all it takes to make a statement. In this case, cobalt blue elevates this side table from inconspicuous and bland to bold and beautiful. Painting furniture is a quick and affordable way to create something bespoke and utterly unique for your home. Choose your favourite bright hue for an unexpected look with maximum wow factor. You don’t need any specialist tools to do this yourself; just sandpaper, paint and some elbow grease.

5. Paint it Neon

neon wicker side tableImage Credit: Wicker Paradise

If you remember the 80s, you remember neon colours. Now neon has made a comeback, featuring in interior design trends for a few years now. The vivid colours are the same, but the application is a lot more subtle and stylish, you’ll be pleased to hear! We love this side table because it combines the old with the new. The table itself is vintage wicker, but the colour is ultra modern. This side table would look fab in an otherwise neutral space, surrounded by shades of white and grey.

6. Plant Life

plant side tableImage Credit: Suzette

There are a number of reasons why you should pop a plant on your side table. 1) Most plants have a positive effect on the air quality of your home. 2) Studies have suggested they can improve your health. 3) They look great. If you’re worried about keeping plants alive, choose a hardy variety like succulents and cacti. These guys need infrequent watering and can pretty much be left to their own devices. Plus there are hundreds of fascinating varieties, including some that flower.

7. A Few of Our Favourite Things

trinket side tableImage Credit: Becca Swift

There’s limited space on a side table but that doesn’t mean you can’t display a few of your favourite things. Keep it simple and uncluttered with just a few choice pieces, rather than trying to cram all of your favourite ornaments together. Editing is one of the best things you can learn in interior design, know that sometimes what’s needed isn’t more but less. Stick to a theme to create a considered and stylish vignette – the table above has a ‘vintage apothecary’ look about it.

8. Shades of Grey

decorated side tableImage Credit: StockSnap

Continuing on from the point above; if you can’t choose a theme, choose a colour scheme! This side table is decked out in objects from the same colour family – it ties everything together and stops it from looking messy. To keep the look interesting (and avoid matchy-matchy territory) they’ve played with the size and scale of objects. Nothing is the same height or shape.

9. Daring Decoupage

hand painted side tableImage Credit: Tami Hills

This piece of furniture was bought second hand (for a meagre $1) and turned into a thing of beauty. Decoupage is the art of decorating objects with paper. It’s a really simple and very satisfying craft (who doesn’t love cutting and sticking?). You don’t need any specialist tools or skills because it’s essentially a prettier version of paper maché. You can decoupage any piece of wood furniture, using any type of paper. We love using comic books, vintage wallpaper scraps and origami paper.

10. Serene Minimalism

flowers on side tableImage Credit: Kassandra Bay Resort & SPA

Creating a serene and relaxing environment is essential to a good night’s sleep. Your bedroom should be an escape pod; a sacred place to unwind after a hard day’s work. Overwhelming colours, clashing prints and piles of laundry are big bedroom no-no’s. Keep unnecessary clutter out of the room, and stick to a really pared back décor scheme, like the one above. A simple white side table (with drawers to keep things out of sight) and a few fresh flowers are all it takes to create a spa-like haven.

11. Colour Match

blue side tableImage Credit: Pixabay

For a high-end look on a low-end budget, match the colour of your side table to the walls. This is a trick interior designers employ when they want to create drama or make a space feel bigger. For chic drama, choose the same colour in a different shade (as above). To make a small space feel bigger, use the exact same shade.

12. Pallet Magic

pallet side tableImage Credit: kaboompics.com

We've discussed pallet furniture before, but we'll bring it up again because this trend for DIY furniture is really taking off. The coffee table above almost looks designer. It’s got that rustic-industrial vibe going on, and it’s painted in everyone’s favourite neutral - white. But what if we told you you could build your own designer coffee table and it would cost you mere pennies? Here’s an excellent tutorial showing you how!

13. Night at the Museum

vintage object side tableImage Credit: Hietaparta

Are you a collector of weird and wonderful objects? Do you love antiques? There’s no reason why your home can’t double as an art gallery/museum. If you have some really beautiful pieces; display them proudly! There’s no better place than a side table. Pair a couple of unlikely objects together as above, and the compliments will come rolling in!

14. Colour Pop

colour side tableImage Credit: ErikaWittlieb

Style your side tables like the professionals with a pop of bright colour. Choose a colour that complements – but doesn't necessarily match – the rest of the room and let it do the hard work for you. It only takes one object; a plant, an ornament or a photo frame, to add a burst of vibrancy to your space. Have fun with it. We know a lot of people can be afraid of using bright colours but remember: it’s not permanent; you can change it as often as you like.

15. Glorious Glass

glass side tableImage Credit: ErikaWittlieb

All of the side tables featured in this list have been made of wood or veneer. So for our final side table we’re showcasing another great material: glass. This round side table is classy and chic. It looks stunning against the blue tones, giving a nautical feel to the whole scheme. Glass is ideal if you want a soft, almost organic look – something that blends in with the rest of the room. It also reflects the light beautifully, helping the space feel bigger and brighter.


If your side tables are looking a little lacklustre and are in need of some TLC, we hope you’ll try one of these ideas. And don’t forget to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below!

Posted in Accessories, DIY, Homemaking, Interior Design, Lifestyle on 18th Mar 2016


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