My Favorite Modern Black Side Tables

Modern black side tables are versatile pieces that can work with modern or traditional decor. They can add a more modern twist to a more traditional design (like the below design from DecorMatters), or they can add contrast and drama to a minimalist room just as easily.

I recently used a modern black side table in a dark and moody study design in DecorMatters. The problem with spending time playing interior design games is that you create beautiful designs but don’t realize the items you’re choosing are luxury items. Then… you fall in love with the pieces you choose. Like this gorgeous side table by Arteriors. Dilemma. Do you fork out $1480 for a side table? Or find a cheaper alternative?

My DecorMatters design using the Scout Side Table by Arteriors

After falling in love with the Scout Side Table by Arteriors I decide to try and find a cheaper alternative. Here’s my pick of the best modern black side tables.

Scout Modern Black Side Table by Arteriors

Modern black side table by Arteriors

Let’s start at the beginning, where this all started. The Scout Side Table by Arteriors is voluptuous and beautiful. It’s made from sand blasted wood to give it a charred look. Then finished with a wax coat to give it a shine. Priced at $1480 it’s the most expensive on the list.

Kellaman Drum End Table by Upper Square

Modern black side table by Upper Square

Another textured end table, this time made from stone. The Kellaman Drum End Table is a sturdy piece that won’t fall over easily. It can also be used outdoors which is a bonus. Priced at $241 and is available from Wayfair.

Fernando Accent Table by Crate & Barrel

Modern black side table by Crate & Barrel

The Fernando Accent Table from Crate & Barrel is a beautiful piece. I love the texture of this table from the handcrafted hammered iron finish. This is the piece I’ll be buying for my living room from this list. I love the organic shape of it and of course the texture. Priced at $249 it’s great value.

Macbeth Hemlock Modern Black Side Table by CB2

Black wood side table by CB2

Another beautiful table, the Macbeth Hemlock Side Table has great texture from the wire-brushed matte black wood. Made of solid Canadian hemlock wood and priced at $349, it’s a little more expensive than the Crate & Barrel option, but is still a great value piece.

Aurea Modern Black Side Table by Kathy Kuo Home

Textured side table by Kathy Kuo Home

A stunning side table by Kathy Kuo Home. The Aurea Side Table is made from oak and oak veneer, and has a ribbed texture on the plinth to give an interesting profile. Priced at $688, it’s the second most expensive on the list, but is certainly worth the splurge.

Black Iron Contemporary Accent Table by Studio 350

Contemporary side table by Studio 350

The base of the Black Iron Contemporary Accent Table is made from iron and the top from real marble. Although it doesn’t have texture like the others, at a price of $172 it’s a bargain considering the luxe materials. Available from Overstock, this is a great cheaper alternative.

I hope you liked the list of modern black side tables. It shows that if you do fall in love with an expensive piece, it’s definitely worth shopping around to find a more affordable alternative.

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My favorite modern black side tables

A modern country study

I absolutely love traditional dark wood paneled studies that you typically see in old country homes. However fast-forward to 2018, and this is my take on the traditional country study.


I love this study by Charles Cudd Co. It epitomizes a grand country home to me. With the ornate wood paneling, dark wood stains, leather chairs, rich fabrics and antique books.

I wanted to get a similar look and feel but with much lighter colors, so as to not darken the room too much, and obviously on a much smaller budget!

The study was actually a small dining room before, with very bland features. Cream walls, cream curtains, white ceiling and white beams, and a light maple floor. There were no redeeming features about it, other than the large windows, which were covered by the heavy valances and curtains, and double height sloping ceiling with beams. Everything had to go.


The color scheme I chose was grey, mustard and off-white with hints of gold and warm mid-toned wood. I kept most of the walls off-white to keep everything bright and airy, and added some color with one feature wall in mustard / gold. I painted the ceiling beams grey to accentuate them and make them stand out more as a lovely feature of the room, and tied in the grey of the beams with a plaid rug.


I’ve kept a few hints of the traditional country study artifacts such as trophies, pheasant feathers, bronze statues and traditional hunting scenes. But I’ve freshened it up with modern paint colors and industrial rustic elements such as the old workbench I used as a desk.


I opted for a free-standing bookcase from Restoration Hardware called French Panel double shelving. I managed to buy it at half price at just $1500, and think it gives a very similar look to fitted shelving, with similar crown molding. However it would probably have cost me a lot more to have a carpenter make and fit shelving to the same quality. This was by far the biggest expense of the room, but I think worth it and necessary to create this look.


We refinished the floors to match the windows in a mid-toned rich colored stain. Caution: If you ever want to stain maple floors use a gel stain. Maple is a very hard and tightly packed wood that doesn’t take stains very well at all. It actually took us two attempts to get the right look with the floor and honestly they’re still not perfect. But they look much better than they did before. Also, be careful with sanding marks. You need to make sure all the sanding marks are gone before staining it, otherwise they will show up in the stain.


I toyed with whether to add curtains to the room to soften it a little more, but decided to leave the windows without to maximize the light in the room. Eventually I will change the ceiling chandelier for something like this one available from Houzz which is a little more modern than the one there now.

And even though I love the look of the workbench desk (which was actually free as it was an old workbench left with the house) I’ve been on the hunt for a more traditional style executive desk to really give the room that country home feel. Plus it will be more of a standard height, as the workbench is a little too high to be comfortable.

I love this one by Restoration Hardware – the St James desk 76″ – although it’s a little too large for my room.


They also do a 55″ version with just one set of drawers.


This one is also a really nice modern take on a traditional executive desk. The Siedlewski executive desk by Joss & Main.


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