How To Style A Bedside Table: 15 Steps To Creating A Functional And Beautiful Space

It doesn’t have to be stuffed with clutter.

Learn how to style your coffee table and bookshelf, organize your entire house, feel inspired by these beautiful bedrooms, and spice up your room with a fun, delicious-smelling candle.

1. Pick a color scheme–and stick with it.

2. Pretty or Functional? Choose both. Just because your nightstand is a beautiful decorative piece, that doesn’t mean it’s art at the museum. You need to use it on a daily basis. Either keep your necessities artfully displayed (like the jewelry dish) or tucked away in a basket where no one can see your clutter.

3. Hide the ugly stuff. Do you need 13 chargers on your bedside table? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean you need to see the hideous cables every time you step foot into your bedroom. You want to feel relaxed when you walk into the room, not stressed.

4. Don’t be afraid of the (pretty) clutter you do have. It’s not the end of the world. You can display it so that it appears to be an aesthetic choice on your part. You live in your room and it’s okay for your room to look lived in.

5. If you don’t think your books are pretty, display them spine inwards. The piles of half-read books that end up stacked on your bedside table can now be considered a thoughtful design choice.

6. Search your thrift store for a unique (and cheap!) nightstand. Save money and get a one-of-a-kind piece by looking for a night stand at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. If something is in good repair, you can modify it any way you like. The dresser below utilized marble contact paper for a glamorous look. You can always paint, stencil, add fabric or new hardware to any old nightstand you find.

7. The simpler, the better. Things will get cluttered over time–there’s no way to deny it. So start with the fewest amount of decorations to begin with. That way, as things start to pile up, you don’t realize that half of the clutter was decor in the first place.

8. A little greenery goes a long way in adding color to a room. If you only do one simple refresh of your bedside table, find a vase and throw in a plant. Nothing will give your room new life and style quicker than this simple project.

9. Create balance. You don’t want too many large and heavy items on your dresser. If you combine tall pieces with short pieces with thin pieces with wide pieces, things will look organized and thoughtful. [x]

10. Be ecclectic. Your bedside table is an expression of you. It doesn’t have to be stale and boring and run-of-the-mill. If you want to add art–add art. If you want to add fifteen plants–cover your nightstand in plants. It truly is up to you. This is a great place to display unique pieces you have that would probably never see the light of day otherwise.

11. Group like items together. This creates unity and flow. This also creates the illusion of organization, even if it really is just piled up clutter.

12. Add a pop of color. Even if your room is otherwise white or plain, a fun pop of bright books and flowers will make all the difference.

13. Get creative with your lamp. A staple of the bedside table for decades, a reading lamp is important and functional. However, you don’t need to pick a boring, plain-jane lamp you might find in your grandmother’s house. A fun and funky lamp sheds new light (literally) on your bedroom.

14. Follow a simple formula. If you’re unsure of where to start, follow this step-by-step list from The Every Girl. The picture below has all the components except one: clock, lamp, reading material, candle, and an accessory. Read more about the process here.

15. Layer your items. If your lamp is blocking your art, it doesn’t matter. It looks modern and trendy. This provides character for your display. [x]

With these tips and photos, hopefully you have some inspiration to revamp your nightstand! It’s a simple project that will add a ton of charm and character to your bedroom. 

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