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.