Once described as the “supporting cast to the leading lady, the sofa”, side tables have a unique role in a room. They are essential components, yet sometimes considered merely practical and, as a result, are often overlooked. They can add aesthetic value yet shouldn't distract from a room's focal point or conflict with any of the other elements in that space. Choosing a side table is all about harmony, a delicate balance between your own personal preferences and the basic standards of design. An interior decorator will know exactly what those standards are, and here are some of the top tips for getting it right.
New York interiors are as diverse and different as the people who live in them — from traditionally elegant Brownstone buildings, to Greenwich Village loft apartments; cool, classic chic to funky and formidable. The unique style reflects the city's blend of cultures, ideas, vitality, creativity and sophistication – it's eclecticism at its best.
As apartments have increased in size over the last decade, so too has their level of sophistication in terms of luxury apartment design. The cramped bed-sit has now been replaced by towers of large-scale living spaces with multiple rooms, high ceilings and architectural detailing. Similarly, as room dimensions have changed, so has the interiors style and there are no strict rules about mixing up furnishings from different periods.