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The 10 Best Small End Tables

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Sometimes you need a small end table to fit in a tight space or awkward corner. There used to be a shortage of these small but functional tables. But no more! Today’s market has a variety of options for the small space. Side tables are available in a range of sizes and finishes so that it’s easy to find the right one for your space.  We’ve whittled down our choices to just ten here but there are plenty more options on our site. Have a look and get inspired!

1 Riverside Furniture Escapade Chairside Table in Dark Walnut
2Jofran Chairside Table with 2 Shelves in Rustic Loft Finish
3Hammary Elipse Chairside Table in Champagne
4Lexington Black Ice Tungsten End Table in Carbon Black
5 Lexington Long Cove Hidden Lake 1 Drawer 2 Shelf Accent End Table in Coral Pink Finish
6Riverside Splash Of Color Tray Top Accessory Table in Shores White
7Zuo Bolo End Table in Black
8Riverside Harmony Chairside Table
9Eurostyle Eileen Gray Glass Top Table in Chrome
10 Avenue Six Wall Street End Table in Espresso

Furniture Ideas for a more Stylish Living Room

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

You may be in the market for new living room furniture or you might just want to replace one or two living room furniture pieces like your old sofa and the worn coffee table. While purchasing a sofa set is an easy and economical way to decorate a living room, it can make the décor look uniform or even bland. Whatever your reasons for wanting to give your living room a facelift, here are some living room furniture ideas to consider when designing a more stylish living space.

Mix it Up

Choose a sofa set that gives you the option to select a different material for the armchair than the one the sofa is made of. They will still be connected by style and design but the overall look won’t be so “matchy-matchy”.

If you’re in the market for a new sofa, select one that stands out from the other pieces in the room. You will still want it to blend in. But by choosing one that has a unique profile, a fabric pattern not currently part of the décor or is a complementary instead of matching style, you will add visual interest to the living room’s overall design.


Function is as Function Does

You will want to take your lifestyle into consideration when looking at living room furniture ideas for an inspired, stylish living space. The purchase of that lovely patterned red velvet accent chair should perhaps be put on hold until your toddlers are older. In a word, when buying furniture for a more stylish living room, keep in mind that it should be functional as well. The sofa you’ve got your eye on may look fabulous, but if it only seats three people and you love to have people over, you may need a larger sofa or even a sectional.

Scale it Right

Especially if you are replacing one or two living room furniture pieces instead of redecorating the entire room, proportion and scale is very important. Accent chairs and console tables add that certain stylish “punch” to a living room’s décor, but if you don’t get the scale of the furniture pieces right, they can (really) stick out by appearing too large or too small in relation to the other tables and chairs in the room. A good rule of thumb is to take the measurement of the largest table or accent chair and buy one that is comparable in size.



British Colonial Style for the Living Room

Friday, February 11th, 2011

A British Colonial style living room has an appeal and allure that comes from exploring and spending time in exotic lands. While still retaining some of the flamboyance and opulence of the Victorian style, British Colonial living room furniture is noticeably smaller in scale, especially furnishings like the sofa, an armoire or a curio cabinet. The secret to a successful British Colonial living room décor is to mix polished woods with cool, light colored fabrics.

Color and Texture

Start with a cool color palette of green or blue or cooler toned yellows or reds; ones that are pastel or muted – you don’t want anything too bright. Deeper shades of earth toned colors are also good choices.

Plan to add texture wherever you can, but keep it balanced and sophisticated. Simple ways to give a décor a textured appearance is to pile the sofa with accent pillows in different fabrics and patterns; select a window treatment that uses two or more types of material; and place a botanical patterned, animal skin print or sisal area rug on the floor.

British Colonial Style Living Room Furniture

Living room furniture made of woods like mahogany, teak and tropical wood veneers is right at home in a British Colonial style living room. End tables, the coffee table, a console table and an accent chest often include exotic influences like shell motifs, cane accents or animal print insets or tabletops. For finishes you can choose shiny (polished) or “dull” (matte or distressed); if you want to include both, select mostly polished furnishings but add one or two distressed accent pieces to create visual interest (or vice versa).

Accessorizing British Colonial Style

Accessorizing British Colonial style is relatively easy; simply layer textures upon textures. Place a bamboo framed accent chair next to a traditional neutral fabric sofa with plenty of accent cushions in different materials. Include handmade wood candlesticks; a table lamp with a brocade shade in bold colors; an upholstered chair or ottoman in woven fabrics of natural materials.

Come back next Friday for British Colonial Style part 3 when I will be discussing how to create a traditional dining room with those little exotic touches that are visually stunning.

Plastic Furniture You’ll Want to Show Off

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Let’s face it – plastic furniture has a not-so-good reputation. When talking about outdoor furniture, most people agree that it is an economical and functional choice when choosing chairs and tables for the backyard, deck or balcony. But when purchasing furniture for the rooms of your home, that’s when plastic furniture gets a really bad rap, with words like “cheap-looking” and “flimsy” immediately springing to mind. But many designers like the creative freedom and challenges plastics give them when designing furniture pieces that will capture your imagination as much as your eye.

Plastic Furniture for the Bedroom

Plastics take many forms and a popular construction material for bedroom furniture such as headboards or bed benches is leatherette, a high-grade vinyl that has the surface look and feel of leather. While in some ways it is not as durable as leather, leatherette does have some lasting power and it is easier to maintain.

The Modloft New Ludlow Platform Bed in Black Leatherette displays strength of character and a Zen-like tranquility that is timeless. Visual interest is created by pairing the tall, tufted headboard with the low-profile design of the bed.

Plastic Furniture for the Dining Room

Plastic dining furniture has a modern vibe that is versatile and trendy. Lines flow; edges are smooth to the touch – there is something sleek yet energetic about an attention-grabbing dining chair or chic dining table made from one type of plastic or another.

The Global Furniture USA Neville Casual Dining Set transforms a space into a dining room where family and friends share a good meal, laugh together and exchange stories and ideas. The plastic dining chairs in different colors matched with the same colors in the base of the table adds a distinctive look that will give any dining room a contemporary (and fun) appeal.

Plastic Furniture for the Living Room

Don’t forget acrylic equals plastic too. Placing the Wholesale Interiors Baxton Studio Acrylic Magazine Coffee Table over a patterned area rug or in front of a colorful sofa will introduce a whimsical element into your living room interior design.

Molded and modern, the Avenue Six Slick Cube Modern Occasional Table is not only whimsical, it’s just plain fun.

Ditto for the Zuo Ripple Chair. Not only is this unique club chair a real eye-catcher, it is sure to be a conversation piece as well.

Lavish Traditional Style for your Living Room

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A lavish, opulent and imposing traditional style living room is an attractive and timeless place you and your family will want to spend time. Since a living room should be a place to relax, watch TV or enjoy an evening entertaining friends, it might seem counter-intuitive to use a traditional interior design to decorate this type of living space. But there is some about traditional living room furniture that reflects Old World design principles that are classic and enduring.

Set the Stage

The bolder the color palette of the walls and accessories the more lavish your traditional style living room will feel. Select a wall color or wallpaper pattern that will provide a dramatic backdrop to richly-toned wood accent tables, end tables and sofas. If you prefer softer shades, choose richer hues of classic neutrals such as beige, cream or silver paired with a bold colored accent wall. Another option is to paint the living room a neutral color, but wallpaper one wall as an accent point in the living room.

Traditional Style Living Room Furniture

Traditional style living room furniture should, of course, be made of woods such as walnut, teak, mahogany and palissander. Finishes are typically medium to dark in color and can be highly polished, distressed or anywhere in between. When selecting traditional style living room furniture with a lavish look and feel, focus on traditional sub styles such as Queen Anne, Sheraton, Chippendale or French Provencal. If you don’t want to stick to just one traditional sub style, simply pick furniture pieces like end tables, a coffee table or a console table that is typically opulent and elaborately decorated with detailed carvings, motifs and intricate scrollwork. For a truly luxurious look, choose a leather sofa with overstuffed rolled arms and tufted upholstery.

Lavish Traditional Style Accessorizing

To create a lavish traditional style atmosphere, when accessorizing you will want to add enough “layers” for visual effect or texture while still keeping the living room sophisticated yet “uncluttered.”

Window treatments that possess the formal look created by heavy panel curtains paired with sheers and a valance would not be out of place in a traditional style living room. For that extra luxurious feel choose materials like brocades, velvets or silks.

Another automatic place to pile on the luxury is the sofa (or any other kind of seating including accent chairs or club chairs) by selecting accent pillows in different materials. To really mix it up, throw some cushions made from nubby materials or with a “raised” pattern.

Select accessories like candlesticks, vases and decorative bowls with gold trim and/or detailing.

 Come back next Friday for Lavish Traditional Style part 3 when I will be discussing how to create a luxuriously indulgent bedroom environment.

Mirror Mirror on the Table: Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

Friday, January 7th, 2011

By now, most of us have heard of the “smoke and mirrors” decorating trick to make a room appear more spacious than it really is. But the mirror doesn’t have to necessarily be on the wall in order to accomplish this sleight of hand. One or two pieces of mirrored accent furniture not only will create visual interest in a living room, bedroom, hallway or even the bathroom, but it can also, depending on where it is positioned in, help the room feel a bit more spacious.

The reason why a mirrored accent chest or table can help make a room appear larger is because, like a mirror on the wall, it “throws” light around a room. Especially when the mirrored accent chest is placed across from a doorway or window, mirrored accent furniture creates the illusion of depth. It can also layer a room with even more texture by reflecting the colorful design of an area rug; the pattern of a sofa or arm chair; or the delicate design of a chandelier.

Accent tables and accent chests lend charm to a living room, hallway or den, but mirrored accent furniture pieces add an element of drama and sophistication to the décor. Harkening back to the 1930s, 40s and 50s of Hollywood glamour, a well-placed mirrored accent chest or console cabinet can introduce a chic and stylish secondary focal point into a living space.

Decorating with mirrored furniture can give the décor a touch of romance, particularly in a bedroom. Since accent chests and other types of accent furniture are available in a range of sizes and shapes, choose one with undulating lines to enhance its reflective surfaces to really bring out its romantic nature. It can also provide a room with an extra little splash or sparkle that will reflect your unique style and taste.

Bronze Beauties: Metal Accent Tables

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

There is something about accent furniture that adds a little “punctuation” to your décor; that perfect exclamation point to your living room interior design. It’s a combination of functionality and sophistication that lends a room that soupçon of style or drama. A popular choice for accent tables is wood, but just by placing a metal accent table with an antiqued or polished gold, brass or bronze finish next to an armchair, you can easily add a bit of flair.

Metal accent tables, especially an accent table with a touch of whimsy or novelty, can give your living room that something extra; an element of surprise that creates a focal point. The Powell Furniture Rust Glass Tricycle Accent End Table combines an end table and magazine rack together, resulting in a table that is sure to be a conversation piece. It will certainly transform the room with its rustic charm.

An accent table that includes wine storage is a popular, stylish way to incorporate a home bar or wine rack when you might not have room for a standard sized one. Small metal accent tables that function as a wine rack display functional and decorative features, providing a chic accent piece that allows you to entertain in style.

When selecting a metal accent table for your home:

  • Choose one that is unique in design to the majority of the other furniture pieces in the room
  • Look for “eye-catchers” such as distinctively shaped legs, intricate metalwork or decorative accents in organic materials like stone or shell
  • Think about the type of tabletop you would like it to have: wood and glass, mosaic, etched glass or marble are some of the more common choices

A metal accent table is a great addition to any living space, particularly the living room. Because metal accent tables are available in so many creative shapes, textures, colors and styles, you will be able to find the right one that will perfectly express your unique personality and that touch that make your home distinctively yours.

Time Out: Timeless Accent Furniture Pieces

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Choosing the right accent furniture pieces for a living room adds beauty, functionality and style to your home. While you don’t want them to stick out (in a “bad” way), accent furniture provides those finishing touches to the décor that helps create an inviting atmosphere.  Accessorizing a living room with a timeless piece of accent furniture, lamp or decorative item reflects your personal tastes, gives the room a personality that is unique to you.

An accent chair is an eclectic mix of function and aesthetics. By including one in your living room, particularly when placed by a fireplace or paired with an accent table, the accent chair becomes a focal point in the room. The style of the accent chair you choose for the living room should complement the rest of your living room furniture, while possessing distinct characteristics like the timeless hourglass shape of the Avenue Six Curves Hourglass Chair.

Accent tables are intended for a specific or decorative use. They are great places for a lamp, a vase of flowers or a decorative item such as a clock or china ornament. An accent table can be positioned in different parts or the living room like behind the sofa, next to a chair or, like the Butler Specialty Heritage Square Glass Top Clock Cocktail Table, in front of the sofa.

Another great piece of accent furniture for you to consider adding to your living room is the grandfather clock/curio cabinet. The ultimate living room accent furniture piece when it comes to that perfect combination of functionality and aesthetics, the Ridgeway Timeless Accents Clarksburg Curio Grandfather Clock provides sensible storage that is decidedly decorative.

Accent furniture pieces like an accent chair with a unique shape or a curio grandfather clock cabinet can give your living room a timeless style that reflects your tastes and personality.

Global Style Family Room Celebrates Diversity

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Global style is eclectic, exciting and inviting, all characteristics that you would want when decorating a family room. Because it celebrates travel to exotic places and the diversity of the world around us, it will add some visual spice to the room where you’ll be hanging out with family or entertaining friends. The great thing about any kind of eclectic style including global is that is can be as sophisticated or relaxed as you would like.

Thematic Design Focus

 Because inspiration for global/exotic style can be found in the materials, designs and customs of tropical places like China, India, the South Pacific and even the Caribbean, that are culturally unique to one another, pick a theme or design focus based on one country, region or landmark. To evoke a general, expansive tropical flair that is not thematically oriented, choose living room furniture, accessories and/or accent pieces that utilize exotic patterns or incorporate organic elements such as seagrass, wicker, bamboo and rattan that hearken back to their exotic origins.

Be Bold

Since it can be bright, colorful and “noisy,” when decorating a global style family room, decide where you would prefer to concentrate the color in the room. Should you wish to have a lot of brightly colored fabrics and/or rugs in the room, stick with a more neutral or earth-toned palette for the walls. The color in a global styled room should be layered throughout the space, but you don’t want to go overboard – the key to a successful global style family room is balance.

Be Organic

When selecting furniture for your global style family room, while it is important to emphasize diversity, you will want to find a happy medium between western and non-western furnishings, so that you and your family will be comfortable while watching a movie or gaming. Two or more furniture pieces should be made of or include accents of organic materials like seagrass, wicker, bamboo and rattan. Stone and shell accents are perfectly acceptable as well.

Be Creative

Accessorizing a global style family room will really allow you to express yourself. Global styles allows you to create the exact mood that you want for your family room – it can be formal in the traditional sense with splashes of color or visual teases like a wood drum end table and rattan chair backs/armrests; chic with a causal vibe; or laid-back contemporary. When accessorizing a global style family room, layering is important: blending textures, colors and finishes is what gives a global style family room its international flair and appeal.

From the Design Files of Heather B – Furniture for Living Room with lots of Doors

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Design Question

Our living room is 18′ x 22′ with a vaulted ceiling about 12′ at the peak (which runs East/west). The rear (south end) 3′ are taken up by a staircase descending to the basement and is separated from the rest of the room by a 4′ partition wall. This leaves about 18′ of useable floor space, making the floor area nearly square. The opposite side (north side) has an entry door about 4′ from the West Wall. The West wall has two doorway openings, with about 6′ between them, One next to the partition wall over the stairs, and the other about 4′ from the North wall. The East wall has a garden door somewhat south of center.

My question is this. What is the best furniture arrangement for this space to allow people to watch TV and entertain? We have a front projection system that displays on the North wall. We are shelf mounting above the partition wall by the stairwell, to avoid conflict with the ceiling fan. I have attached a few Computer renderings to show door positions. We are planning to purchase newer living room furniture over the next while as our children are now older.

Design Answer

Yes, I agree; you will have to arrange the furniture in relation to all of the doors in the room.

I would start with the couch and place it parallel to the stair (south) wall, leaving a path to the kitchen and stairwell. I would see how it looks, but position the couch so that it lines up with the kitchen door frame closest to the north wall. A path that is a little wider than the door should be enough room to ensure easy traffic flow to and from the kitchen door to the basement stairs. You’ll have to take measurements, to see if it will work for you.
Also take measurements of wall that has the kitchen door. You might be able to fit in a recliner, club chair or even loveseat.

You could also put a chair in the left-hand corner of the north wall and of course, you would want to keep the French doors wall free.

Thanks for writing in. Let me know how it turns out. Come back next Monday when I will be tackling another design dilemma.