5 Side Table and Lamp Pairings to Try in Your Home

published Jul 31, 2018
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The right accessories can really make or break your living room. Sure, the big ticket items—your sofa, rug, chairs, etc—are what set the tone in the space, but it’s the littler pieces that really make it feel like you. Your side table and its accompanying lamp may not feel like the centerpiece of the room, but that doesn’t mean you should sideline this important design aspect. Instead of just picking out a plain white table and plopping a nondescript lamp on top, why not try a pairing that’s a little more aesthetically interesting and unexpected, like these five examples?

1. Task Lamp with Campaign Table

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Campaign tables have long been a popular choice to style next to a bed or your sofa, and when topped with a vintage-inspired task lamp, the look feels functional, intentional, and a little retro.

Table: One Drawer End Table, $154

2. Geometric Lamp with Mid-Mod Table

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This sleek, modern take on a Mid-Century Modern table is an eye-catcher on its own, but pair it with a brass geometric lamp and you’ve got a vignette worthy of its own Insta post.

3. Gourd Lamp with Sculptural Table

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If you’re really looking to take a chance with your living room decor, a structural stone table inspired by the French faux bois tradition may be right up your alley. Anchor the statement piece with a more subdued, but still classically stylish, gourd lamp in a similar shade.

Table: Vineyard Side Table, $420

4. Candlestick Lamp and Nesting Table

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Opting for nesting tables means you lose out on a little bit of surface area on which to place your lamp, so skinny candlestick lamps are a good bet. And while we love the look of a single lamp on a pair of nesting tables, this particular version comes as a set of two should you want a lamp for each table.

5. Tripod Lamp and Round Table

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It’s hard to resist the urge to pair a gold table with a gold lamp, but that combo can easily veer into too much metallic territory. Instead, try a contrasting black and white lamp, like this tripod version.