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    Easy Design Ideas to Instantly Update Your Home: Small Changes Can Make Big Impact

    By on Last modified: October 19, 2021

    Renovating a home is not easy and it’s definitely not cheap. Thankfully, you don’t have to move into a new house or apartment or renovate your entire home to make a big impact. Even adding some new decorative accessories, a new colour or some candles, can be a great change. So, if you are looking for something a little bit bigger, that doesn’t imply a lot of effort, moving around too many things or spending a ton of money – smaller decorative objects, like unique vases and smaller modern furniture pieces, like side tables, can be a great place to start.

    Side Tables

    Side tables, also known as end tables, are very popular pieces of furniture. They are called that way because they are generally placed right next (on the side or at the end) of a sofa, or an armchair. Not only can these small tables look beautiful and add instant style to your space, but they can also be used to create eye-catching decorative corners, by placing vases, books, lamps or candles on them. And as a bonus, they can also be very practical and useful. In fact, many homeowners and interior designers add side tables in contemporary homes that value convenience and functionality above most things.

    modern side table

    Nevertheless, not every living room has one because, unlike coffee tables or dining tables, they aren’t always necessary, and a living room can function just fine without one. But, on the other hand, there are also homeowners that even place more than one next to their seating furniture pieces in their living room.

    If you are on the market for a side table, while it may not be too hard to find a modern furniture store that offers nice-looking models, it can be hard to choose one that will fit your overall home design best. An end table can be used in many different ways, and it can serve as a gorgeous decorative element to achieve many different visual effects. 

    You can choose a model according to the style of your living room as well as the colour and the materials of the other furniture pieces. If you already have a coffee table, this can be your starting point, because end tables are often matched with them. In fact, many homeowners buy them together from the same modern furniture store. However, when selecting the material, the colour, the style and the design, you should consider the other living room furniture.

    In terms of design, you should always aim for something that you really like. Adding any kind of unique designer furniture piece can make a huge difference in any room, and it’s the same with side tables. Thankfully, they are incredibly versatile, and you can find models that will blow the mind of anyone entering your home.

    Furthermore, you should also decide the number of side tables you want to add in advance. You can go for a single one next to the couch, you can go for two identical pieces for symmetry or two mismatched pieces for a more modern vibe, or you can go for more tables next to more seating furniture pieces.


    There are countless ways to beautify your living room, and thousands of different objects that can add interest, style, elegance, sophistication or anything you might be looking for – such as art pieces, planted pots, photos, etc. But not many things offer as many options and such simple decorating solutions as vases. These simple items have always been used for decorating, and they don’t always serve for displaying flowers in them. In fact, with just a few vases, some strategic thinking and a good eye, people create incredible visual effects in rooms around the globe.

    modern vases

    While there isn’t one rule or a magical recipe as to how you should decorate with vases, there are some general tips that you can follow as guidelines. Basically, the most important part is to find unique vases that will match your overall décor. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be in the same colour as the walls, the sofa, or anything for that matter. It’s all about preferences. 

    You can use vases to add a new colour, if that’s the change you are going for, you can use them to create a contrast, to add more of a certain colour, etc. Besides adding colour, vases can be used to add more texture, height, to create focal points, etc. This is why, aside from the colour, when you are choosing vases to incorporate in your home décor, you should also think about all of the other physical characteristics of your choice, including design, shape, style, width, height, material and patterns.

    Side Tables and Vases

    vase on a sidetable

    Side tables offer additional surfaces in the living room for decoration. Whether you already have one, or you have decided to make a change by adding one now, one of the best and most common options to decorate them, is by placing handmade vases on them. This can be a single vase in the middle, a grouping of vases with different heights or shapes, or vases and other objects. For instance, you can combine a beautiful vase with a small display of your favourite photos with your loved ones, a few of your favourite books, or other decorative elements.