I’m a shopping editor and these are the 12 best home accessories I've found to elevate the look of your side tables

From trinket trays to decorative bowls, here are the best home accessories I found to style your side tables

candlestick, decorative bowl and vase
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If you find that you have a little too many desolate flat surfaces around your house then that makes two of us. I’m on a mission to find the most gorgeous tabletop pieces to style my side tables, and I thought I’d take you along with me. There’s a plethora of side table styling options, whether you want to make a statement with a single decorative piece or layer a few different bits of decor together.

I’ve searched through the best home decor stores, and from minimalist to statement pieces there’s plenty of tabletop options to suit any style, so I’ve rounded up the best ones you can mix and match to really elevate the look of your side tables.


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Whether you’re styling a bedside table or set of nesting side tables in your living room, you can easily elevate your space with a few simple tips. One of the easiest ways to make your surfaces look more luxe is by creating balance through different heights, textures, and shapes – think variously sized candlesticks holding twisted taper candles, stacked coffee table books with chic hardback covers, and display trays holding small stoneware sculptures and reed diffusers.

In terms of how many pieces to style together, it’s a safe bet to stick to the rule of three. This interior designer trick is the idea that objects grouped in odd numbers are more interesting, eye-catching, and balanced.

Of course you can also choose to keep things simple with a single statement decor piece. Large vases and decorative bowls can be a great option here, as they’re often designed to be elegantly imposing enough to make a statement on their own (or at a stretch filled with fresh blooms or dried flowers depending on the season).

Valeza Bakolli
Contributing Shopping Editor

Valeza Bakolli is an experienced shopping editor. She previously worked at BuzzFeed where she honed her skills in all things shopping - from gift guide curation to spotting top home trends. Finding the best bargains online is her happy place (you won’t believe how much she got her Nespresso machine for!) and when she’s not romanticizing her morning coffee routine, you’ll probably find her creating a tablescape for yet another alfresco dining event in her backyard.