Shapes of Accent Tables: Where They Work In Your Home

The accent table comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, wood types, and finishes. Choosing the right one can be a difficult process, especially if you already have a set design or theme in mind for your room. For the most part, when choosing an accent table, people consider the look of the stain on the wood and intricacy of design. One thing that becomes easy to overlook is the shape of your accent table. However, it can become one of the most crucial elements that can make or break the flow of your room.

Basic Square Tables

Anything with flat sides is best placed along something else with flat sides. A square table is used as a “connecting” piece. Placed alone on a wall, they tend to have the effect of muting or destroying the smooth flow of the room. For example, if you have several bookshelves, they might look a little too ominous and imposing if all placed side by side on a single wall. A square accent table, however, placed between each can effectively break them up and relax the room. This tactic is especially useful if you have multiple bookshelves that aren’t identical, as you can separate them with similar but not identical accent tables, and essentially tie the discontinuity together into a well meshed theme.

Take note, however, that specific design themes make good use of freestanding square accent tables, or square tables alone against the wall. Typically, this is used for a post-modern, hard-edged look.

Circular Tables

Anything circular creates a sense of smooth flowing motion in a person’s mind. As such, circular accent tables are good as free standing tables (which is why round coffee tables have always been popular). With no corners, they present the sense of an open and flowing environment, while adding the practical advantage of not having corners to catch loose clothes and other things on. If you have a display room with small decorations placed in the middle, circular accent tables make for the perfect base.

Be careful about putting these next to anything with a straight surface, such as a bookcase or a couch. It tends to give a rather awkward look, not to mention wastes space.

Triangular Tables

Square tables might work in corners, but triangular tables work even better. Corner triangle tables turn a boring corner (where most things get lost from view due to lack of interest) into a secondary focal point in the room. They are also perfect when you have two couches perpendicular to each other and you’re trying to figure out what to do with that awkward corner between them. Square tables work, but the outer corner might take up too much space and kill the room’s flow. Circular tables would look awkward. Triangle tables work great in filling any odd corners, while keeping the flow of the room at a maximum.

Note that unless you are going for a sharp, jarring effect, these do not work well on a flat wall or otherwise outside of corners.

The Half Circle

There are countless custom shapes for accent tables that may be perfect for your unique room design. There is one other shape in particular that works great in many homes: the half circle. This table is perfect against the wall by itself, especially in tight places like a hallway. The flat surface doesn’t look awkward against the wall, while the circular section keeps the flow going and prevents passersby from catching on the table. The unit as a whole gives the impression of a half table built into the wall.

These are only some basic tips on how to choose the right accent table. What you pick will ultimately depend on the style of your home.