How Accent Tables Can Help Decorate Your Home

A side table has many uses – a place for books and magazines, a perch for your plant, a catch-all for mail and keys, or a nearby spot to place a drink – and sometimes it can be an afterthought in your overall design. Although an accent table is small, when the right design is chosen to complement your space, it can make a huge impact to your home decor.

Choosing an accent table that is mirrored, glass, chrome, or glossy brings a reflective quality to your room, adds a bit of sparkle and shine, and gives the appearance of a larger space. I’m a big fan of nesting tables because they add so much visual interest to your space, and the decorating ideas are endless!

When I was asked by Staples Canada to check out their furniture selection, I simply thought that they sold office furniture. But I quickly discovered patio sets, living room furniture, dining tables and chairs – who knew that they have so much more? They have so many trendy accent tables – from contemporary designs, industrial looking pieces, reclaimed wood and mirrored and glass finishes. 

I think I’m a little obsessed with reclaimed and distressed wood pieces – I love the worked-in surfaces and the patina of the wood when mixed with more modern finishes.

When we were looking for a side accent table for our living room, I wasn’t quite sure what would match with our multi-coloured, multi-patterned Bohemian-style sofa. My first thought was to go white to blend with the walls, or perhaps glass… but then I went on the complete opposite side of the spectrum and went with a bright and bold colour for our accent table.



This accent table is made by Zuo and is the Prisma Stool in Transparent Red, unfortunately sold out on the Staples Canada website, but can be found here. I absolutely adore it and think it adds a bit of unexpected whimsy to an already colourful room. It can be used as a stool or a side table, can be used outside or inside, and it opens up so you can add decorative objects inside (which would look especially cool with the clear version).

Accent tables can complete the look and feel of your home decor without breaking your budget or taking up too much space!



  1. August 6, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    I’m a sucker for accent tables!

    • Margarita
      August 6, 2014 / 4:18 pm

      It’s only been this last year where I really realized the importance of them! We went through 3 different night tables in our bedroom and still aren’t in love with them…!

  2. August 6, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    omg all that stuff is sooo nice I can think of a few places to put more than a few of those things and you’re right that little red stool is sooooo lovely

    • Margarita
      August 6, 2014 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks, these were so stylish and fairly affordable so I wanted to share them!

  3. August 7, 2014 / 2:41 am

    Too funny, I just got rid of our accent table! I find that I use our coffee table more, at least with our current living room layout, and I would much rather have more *storage*, not just a tabletop. Yet it’s super hard to find a cute accent table with drawers or a spot for a bin without it looking like a bedroom piece.

    • Margarita
      August 7, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      Well, I always say if it has no real purpose, get rid of it. I agree that it’s so difficult to find good “storage” furniture, I grew up with night tables in my parents living room!

  4. August 7, 2014 / 3:27 am

    I really love some of those accent tables. It can really make a difference in how a space looks!

    • Margarita
      August 7, 2014 / 12:19 pm

      It changes a lot in a room with such a small piece!

  5. August 9, 2014 / 12:11 am

    i had no idea staples carried home accents either. love your choice, hot colour.

  6. August 13, 2014 / 4:23 am

    accent tables are great! 🙂 i have a vintage one

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *