What Do You Put On An Accent Table?

Accent tables are a great way of decorating your room, and making it more homely and unique. However, quite often the task of decorating them can feel quite difficult. As they are not overly large, it can make you wonder what are the best decorations and gadgets to place on them. 

What Do You Put On An Accent Table

While the decision is ultimately yours, and will depend on your personal styles and preferences, there are a handful of items that work particularly well with this size of table. 

In this article, we will be talking you through what an accent table is, the size of it, and some ideas of items you can place on one. 

What Is An Accent Table?

Accent tables are a great addition to any room, but they are typically found in a living room or a dining room.

They are, more often than not, a statement piece that is meant to add character and interest to a room. While they are not overly large in their size, they are intended to look lovely and appealing. 

Ideally the accent table should be a statement piece that draws in the attention of a guest. While it is great to decorate them, this is not something you will want to go overboard on as it will affect how the accent looks, and it can cause it to become cluttered. 

An accent table is the equivalent of having a statement sofa, or a statement light fitting, it is intended to look both stylish and interesting.

While they are unique, this does not mean that purchasing one needs to be expensive. There are many accent tables that can be purchased for a reasonable amount of money.

What Size Is An Accent Table?

Technically speaking, an accent table can be as large or as small as you would like it to be. There is no specific size, as it is meant to add character to a room, rather than being a set size. However, the majority of accent tables are a similar size to an end table. 

They are large enough to be noticeable and interesting in a room, but they are small enough to not take up too much space and be overbearing. Typically, they will be around 24 inches in height, though they can be slightly smaller or larger than this. 

When thinking about the surface area, this can be up to 25 inches. As accent tables can vary quite significantly in their shape, the overall size of the table will be slightly different. 

What Do You Put On An Accent Table?

As we have already discussed, an accent table is intended to add character and interest to a room. It is meant to be noticeable and something that catches the attention of others. With this in mind, you do not want to overload the table with too much clutter or decor. 

By placing too much on an accent table, you will take away from the appearance of it, and the effect it has on a room.

In addition to this, as they are not the largest tables, you do not want to place anything too big on it. Instead, you will want to choose to use minimal, yet effective decorations. 

The decorations you decide on are entirely up to you. But, if you are struggling to think of these ideas, here are some options that are great to consider: 

Magazines Or Books

Magazines or books can be great “clutter” items to place on an accent table. They can be a great talking point for guests, and when displaying home magazines, or book with pretty covers, they can add to the space, without taking up too much space

Small Plants

Small potted plants such as cacti, or fake plants are a great option to consider. You can choose colorful or interesting plant pots that match the style of the room. They add color and greenery to a room, without being overly large.


If you have an accent table with multiple surfaces, baskets can be great to use. The baskets should be smaller than the table, and you can place clutter such as remotes or reading glasses into the baskets.

Wicker baskets are a popular option, and they help to add character to the room while also keeping the table clutter free.


If your accent table is placed near chairs or a couch, coasters are great to include. They encourage others to place their glasses on the coasters, rather than the table, which helps to prevent damage.

There are so many different coaster styles that can be purchased, and they can help to add more character to the accent table. 

Small Lamp

If your accent table is slightly larger, you can choose to decorate it with a small lamp. There are so many fantastic options to consider that suit different styles and preferences. They help to light up the room, and will not take up too much space on the table. 


Small ornaments are a great option to place on an accent table. They help to show your own interests, and they are great decorations.

We would recommend only choosing one or two ornaments to prevent the table from looking too cluttered. But, when ornaments are added correctly, they can look fantastic. 

Family Photographs

Family photographs are a popular choice of items to include. They are personal to you, and when placed in a photo frame that compliments the accent table and decor, can really add to the room. 


We hope you have found this article helpful. As you can see, there are so many options available when it comes to decorating an accent table. There are no real correct or incorrect decorations to include, and ultimately, it is down to personal preference. 

The only suggestion we would make is to ensure that the table is still the focal point, and is not overpowered by the decorations you have chosen to place on the accent table.