End tables are the perfect furniture addition that you might not have previously considered a living room essential. Coffee tables work hard to provide a surface that is decorative and functional, often anchoring a space and sitting next to the sofa, but an end table has a slightly different function. Offering an extra surface for drinks or even a laptop if working from the sofa, their location makes them super handy and leaves your coffee table free to stay immaculately decorated.
In a minimalist scheme, an end table should be subtle and stylish and work with the color palette and materials of the room. I like the end table to have an aesthetic relationship with the coffee table, chosen in a material that might complement that of the coffee table and other pieces of living room furniture.
Our shopping editor has done some browsing to find 9 end tables that are perfect for any minimalist home.
Best minimalist wooden end tables
Hardwood is perfect for a minimalist style interior, and this wooden side table delivers with intricately-shaped legs supported by a rounded top for a just right touch of rustic elegance. I love that you can see the grain too.
This natural teak end table would add organic texture to your living room. Each has a variation in feel, with different holes, knots and grain giving it a natural finish. It's an indoor piece but teak also works well outdoors, naturally wearing away in a beautiful way over time.
Best minimalist plinth end tables
This pedestal side table is a great addition to a minimalist living room. In bright white, it should work in a minimalist color scheme, and I like the simplicity of the design, almost working as a sculpture or work of art.
Material: Black pine
This side table is made of solid pine but in an inky black color, making a statement in your minimalist room. The clean, angular design brings shape and drama to a space, and it provides a handy extra surface sat next to your couch for minimalist living room.
A sturdy plinth style end table, the Matcha end table has an oak wood base with a glass surface, exhibiting a beautiful blend of material that is more in line with the minimaluxe aesthetic.
Best minimalist end tables for small spaces
Material: Solid marble, iron and aluminum
I like the chunky marble base of these end tables, bringing a minimalist material into the home. Pair together and play with height, or place dotted around the room. They're super simple but sleek in aesthetic.
Material: Solid marble top
With an Italian Carrara marble top paired with steel leg in brushed brass, this slim and nimble design is the perfect end table for a small living room.
Material: Powder-coated tubular steel top and stem, solid granite base
With a stem and top made from lightweight powder-coated steel, meaning you can move it around with ease, this end table is supported by a solid granite base, bringing a luxurious yet minimalist stone look into the home.
What material should my minimalist end table be made from?
As with every piece of furniture in your minimalist home, you need to think about the material in great depth and pick something that calls to nature while complementing the rest of the living room.
For minimalist schemes, we love warming materials that might help an all-white or beige colored room feel less stark. Think wood or touches marble, or even subtle glimmers of gold or brass.
'I prefer using end tables made from a single material to keep the look simple and cohesive,' says Kashi Shikunova, director of minimalist interior design studio, YAM Interiors.
'Incorporating simple shapes with soft edges adds a sense of warmth and creates the desired warm minimalist aesthetic. Wood or honed stone is my material of choice for similar reasons, as it introduces warthm and tactility to the space. I tend to avoid shiny chrome and excessive metal, as they can make the space feel too rigid and cold.'
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Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.
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