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Which Accent Table Is Right For Your Room?

An accent table, like an accent chair, is usually used to draw attention, create a focal point, or tie a color scheme or decor together. Accent tables may be referred to as side tables, end tables, occasional tables, or coffee tables, but all have the same role in a room.

In this article, we're going to take a look at how accent tables come into interior decor, the kind of accent tables you can get, and how to choose the best table for your space.

What is an Accent Table?

An accent table is a side table or smaller, decorative piece of furniture that is used to complement the overall aesthetic of a room. It is often placed by the side of a sofa or chair, in the corner of a room, or indeed as a focal point within the center of the space.

Accent tables aren't always small side tables; they can be coffee tables and larger styles, too. The idea of an accent table is to add visual interest to a space. They are often used for decorative items, like ornaments, books, and more. Accent tables can be both functional and decorative.

Accent tables come in many materials, including wood, glass, metal, or even a combination of all. While many people use accent tables in their living space, they may also be used in offices, dining rooms, bathrooms, and even bedrooms.

How Can Accent Tables Be Used in a Room?

Accent tables are often functional as well as decorative, which means that they can be used in many ways and in many different rooms. Below are some of our favorite uses for accent tables.

As a Lamp Stand

Side tables are often used as accent tables in living spaces. These end tables usually sit beside the sofa or seating in the room and can be used to hold lighting features. You could also find a corner accent table style to use as a lampstand. 

For this style, you could use a simple and stylish option like our Metric End Table and pair it with a statement lamp like our Ghost Table Lamp for a contemporary take on the accent table arrangement.

For Functional Storage

Your accent table could double up in its role, acting as both an interesting piece of decor and a functioning piece of furniture. Styles like our Block Trolley Table and our Sitka Side Table offer a functional element. The shelves, drawers, and other storage aspects of these accent tables could be used to store books or decorative pieces.

For an Artistic Arrangement

An accent table can also be used solely to add something artistic to the room. Tables that we stock, like our impressively rustic Pure Teak Star Root Coffee Table, can easily create an elegant focal point in the room as a coffee table, or for an end table option, you could try our Pure Curved Side Table.

If you're looking for artistry that's slightly more contemporary, then our Timber End Table also serves as a unique and artistic addition to any room. These tables can, of course, still hold decorative pieces, too, if you'd like to get some use out of them.

As an Entertainment Hub

People don't often consider their entertainment console as an accent table, but as a great focal point, you could get creative with this piece of furniture. Something sleek and clean like our Corridor Quad Width Low Media Cabinet is a beautiful table that adds something unique to your space and can hold your TV and other entertainment devices!

As a Workspace

Lastly, in a study or office, your desk could double as an accent table to draw focus and tie together the decor in the room. For a modern look, you could try our Styx Desk, which is uniquely shaped and could certainly stand out in your space. For something big, bold, and with lots of storage, you might also like our Santa Cruz Leaning Desk.

Styles of Accent Tables

There are many styles and types of accent tables that you can find in furniture collections. These include the following.

End Tables

End tables or side tables often sit beside the sofa in a living space or the bed in a bedroom. They're commonly made of wood or metal and can be used for storage and as a decorative piece of furniture. You can find them in many shapes, including round tables, square tables, and more.

We offer many end table options in modern and contemporary styles, including the Elora End Table, the Monument End Table, and the Leslie End Table.

Coffee Tables

While coffee tables have their own functionality, they can also be used as accent pieces of furniture. Often coming in various materials, including wood, metal, and glass, you can shop coffee tables in a huge range of styles to suit a variety of interiors.

Coffee tables are most often found in living spaces, and while you don't tend to get them in the bedroom or dining room, they may sometimes be used in atriums of office buildings or in larger offices beside a sofa.

Coffee tables can be used to store books and ornaments as well as being used as a place for coffee and other drinks (as the name suggests).

Viesso is proud to offer many coffee table options in our online shop, including our Solana Coffee Table, the Origami Coffee Table, and the inventive Ripples Coffee Table, which can be altered to your shape preferences!

Nesting Tables

Nesting tables refer to tables that can be stacked together. The smaller options can be pulled out and used when necessary, which makes for a flexible piece of furniture. As with the other types of accent tables, nesting tables can be made of wood, glass, metal, and even plastic. They are used in a variety of ways, including as end tables and as coffee tables.

Nesting tables may be round or square/rectangular and store away easily. They're a great choice if you need extra storage sometimes or perhaps need the use of a second end table, but only occasionally. Options we offer include Alexy Marble Nesting End Tables, the Nexa Nested Side Tables, and the Tabwa Teak Round Nesting Coffee Table 3 Set.

Desks and Worktables

A desk can be used for many things, including as a computer desk, for writing, or as a space for meeting clients. Desks come in many materials, but wood is usually a preferred material due to its sturdiness.

While a desk is a functioning piece of furniture in most cases, it can also be used as the focal point of the room, which makes it an obvious choice for an accent table.

Desks we offer that could fulfill this role include the Noori Desk and the Matte Desk.


Consoles or entertainment tables are a brilliant choice for your accent table because they already draw focus. As the place where your entertainment sits, people automatically look that way, so choosing a sleek, modern, and interesting design for your console can add something to your room.

Consoles can also be used in spaces like the atrium or an office to store books, ornaments, flowers, and plants.

We have some excellent console choices in our online store, including the Cora Console Table, the Geometric Console, and the Octave Media Cabinet.

Choosing the Right Accent Table for Your Space

Choosing the best accent table for your space means making a few considerations. These include the following.

  • The room: If you're looking for an accent table for your office space, then you're unlikely looking for a coffee table. You might look for interesting desk designs instead. In living spaces, you've got more options, including coffee tables and end tables.
  • The space available: If you've got a smaller space, then a large round accent table might not be the best choice. But if you're trying to fill a space, then that round table might come in handy. For more quaint spaces, a small accent table, like an end table, might be more appropriate. Consider what kind of table would fit and look appropriate in the space.
  • The interior design: If you've got a rustic theme, then a wood accent table might be a good choice, but if you're going for sleek and modern, then a rustic wood table might not work. Consider the style you have in the space, and then think about what kind of table materials and designs would work best before you hit add to cart.


At Viesso, we've got lots of accent table options for you to choose from. We pride ourselves on offering custom-made aesthetic designs that last beyond trends. Check out our full range of accent tables to find the perfect style for your space now.

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