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Bedside Lighting Tips

Having a good light source is super important for your nightstand; beyond the practical reasons for a well-lit bedside, lamps can be a major point of decorative interest in the bedroom. To get a look in your bedroom that looks like it’s straight from the magazine pages, consider a few of these styling tips:

  • Play with contrast. I love the dark blue hue of the small dresser below, and a bright white coral table lamp will stand out against the contrast of the color.
cb2 dress and coral lamp Bedside Lighting Tips

Dresser from CB2, Coral Lamp from

  • Mix styles. A classic metallic desk lamp is an unexpected pairing with a modern turned leg nightstand; different design styles add visual interest.
nightstand and metallic desk lamp Bedside Lighting Tips

Nightstand from West Elm, Metallic Desk Lamp from

  • Add in texture. The pearl mosaic texture of the globe-like table lamp adds interest and variety when paired with a very traditional console table as nightstand.
currey and co lamp and trad console Bedside Lighting Tips

Traditional console image from Jayson Home, Currey & Company table lamp from

  • Don’t worry about everything ‘matching’ — overly coordinating accessories with furniture can make your room look sterile and uninteresting. The intricate hand-carved patterns of the last nightstand don’t necessarily perfectly coordinate with the glass base table lamp, but both pieces have a similarly feminine and romantic feel to them.
nightstand and minka lavery table lamp Bedside Lighting Tips

Hand carved nightstand from Z Gallerie, Minka Lavery Table Lamp from


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