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Decor Myth Busted: Always Have Matching Side Tables

Three designers shed light on these popular home myths


Is it crucial to have matching side tables in the living room and bedroom? Interior designer Tess Quevedo shares these insights.

Interview and Production by Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman.

Read the original article ("10 Decor Myths - Busted”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Myth No. 9: Always have matching side tables in the living room, and night tables in the bedroom, and so on.

“It’s a myth to think that people have to follow templates when it comes to furniture, meaning, they have to provide standard furniture pieces for certain rooms just because it has always been done that way,” explains the professor.

“There’s no point in having these pieces if they don’t really serve any purpose at all,” she adds. Here's a tip, matching sets of side tables and coffee tables tend to make the space look dated—go for mismatched tables in different styles and finishes.


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