Ideas for Decorating Your Nightstand

Who doesn’t want to wake up to a gorgeously styled bedside table? Not only do nightstands make a bedroom look complete, they also help you to stay organized. With the right decorative accents and updated lighting, your bedroom will instantly feel more chic.

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Photo featuring the Robert Abbey Delta Lamp. Photo via @worldofcasaharris

Here are our tips for how to style a nightstand or bedside table.

Choose your Nightstand

Start with size

The first and most important thing you need to do is determine how much space you have for your nightstand. If your bed is near the wall, measure the space between your bed and the wall. If you have a large bedroom, space might not be an issue but if space is limited, measuring is the first thing you need to consider. You should also measure to determine how high you want the night stand to be relevant to the height of your bed.

Pick a style and color

Choose a color scheme that complements your wall color, head board and bedding color. Neutrals and woods are great for bedrooms that incorporate a variety of colors. If you could benefit from the additional storage, choose a side table with a few drawers. If the amount of floor space is limited, try a pedestal table.

Choose the Best Light

Determine the best type of light

Table lamps may seem like the obvious choice for the bedside, but sconces are a great option when space is limited. Using a sconce instead of a lamp frees up the space on your nightstand for other decorative accents, books or flower arrangements. Choose from hardwire or plug in sconces, depending on your preference and needs. Visit our guides for how to choose the perfect table lamp and how to decorate with wall sconces for more tips.

Determine the right size and height

Size is important when it comes to selecting a lamp for your nightstand. A lamp that is too large or tall will look out of proportion on a smaller table. Select a base and shade size that won’t overpower the table. As for height, bedside tables tend to be between 24 and 26 inches tall. It should be easy for you to reach the switch on the lamp from your bed. If you have a nightstand on each side of the bed, use two identical lamps for a balanced and chic look.

Complete the Look with Accents

Add style with your everyday favorites

While flowers or plants look lovely on a bedside, they might not be the most practical accessory for you. For something that is more low maintenance, place your favorite picture frame, book or candle to add character to the nightstand. You can also add a delicate touch by using a small jewelry box or pretty dish to hold rings, earrings or eye glasses. Think of these accents as the finishing touches on your new, styled bedside table.

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