Side tables and coasters go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly, because who wants to see cup rings on their side table, especially if it has your favorite artist or designer’s artwork on it?
Side tables are very much a necessity for nearly every room, and can be just the thing to make your room pop with a burst of color or an eye catching design. So, if you’re anything like us, you might struggle with how to best coordinate side tables and coasters. We have compiled some suggestions ahead that will make this pairing a whole lot easie
1. Channel Your Free Spirit
The number one rule when it comes to design is to trust your gut, and have fun with the search process. A great way to start your search is to think about what colors, designs or statements make you happy. Do bright, bold colors make you feel alive and vibrant? Do you like a motivational statement such as ‘Hustle’ to remind you to seize the day and its opportunities? Let the answers to these questions create a jump-off point that will help narrow your choices.
2. Rock It Out
If you appreciate the beauty of crystals, you can bring them to your home by finding a side table with an image of rocks such as agate or rose quartz. Elevate the design and energy further by finding a similar image for your coaster, or contrast it with a color of a crystal or rock on the opposite end of the color wheel. If you’re feeling stuck, you can’t go wrong with agate.
3. Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
If you’re someone who appreciates lines, symmetry and grids, opt for a side table that celebrates that. Start out with a colorway that appeals to you and then search for patterns in that color. When you find a table you like, look for coasters in a similar color or pattern to complement the table.
4. Abstractions All the Way
Whether your abode is inspired by Danish mid-century design or you like to keep things simple, finding designs with abstract shapes and designs will always look chic and timeless. Once you find an artist whose works you appreciate, take a look at their coaster designs to complement the side table. Chances are, you’ll be able to find coasters in either a complementary colorway or with a similar look and feel as the side table design.
5. Face It
It’s always lovely to find an artist who captures portraits in a manner that appeals to you, whether it’s the colors they choose or how they capture faces. It’s difficult to find a formula for appealing portraits because that’s entirely subjective, but once you find your go-to artist, bring their works into your home with a side table and coasters for a daily dose of visual cheer.
6. Go Retro
Channel your inner 60’s or 70’s vixen and find a side table and coasters that transport you to this decade. We’re huge fans of the seventies, and if you are too, look for retro designs or images of records—these are bound to get you into the groove.
7. Nature & Nurture
Consider bringing elements of the outdoors indoors with a design or artwork featuring nature. Whether it’s beautiful photo of the seaside or washes of indigo for a mountainscape, these images are bound to get you in a calm and introspective mindset. Let your side table be a reminder to look outside, take time to bond with nature, and leave the worries of the world at your doorstep.
Written by Hina Khan