There’s most definitely an art to dressing a bedside table. Too little, too many or simply the wrong combination of accessories are easy faux pas to make, but once you’ve found the right balance of pieces then the results speak for themselves.
Perfect for pulling a bedroom‘s look together, reflecting your personal style and serving as a home for practical contents, an exquisitely styled nightstand is a must for every bedroom. Unsure whether to style yours with a statement table lamp or an array of accessories? Here are the six bedside table ideas to know for a winning arrangement.
1. Embrace varying heights
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2. Consider texture
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Similarly to the way varying heights add interest, a mix of textures promise effective visual impact. In this elegant bedroom, Helen Green Design realises the potential of mixed textures, uniting a glossy table lamp with a uniquely textured golden box and vase.
Experiment with faux shagreen boxes and bowls as well as crackle-effect ceramic lighting and vases with textured surfaces.
3. Think personal & practical
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London interior designer Laura Hammett, for example, chooses pretty yet practical golden bowls to tie in beautifully with the other metallic accents in this serene bedroom.
Personal touches also offer a beautiful way to enhance a nightstand. Picture frames filled with sentimental photographs or artwork help to make a bedside arrangement truly yours. Candles in your favourite scent or a vase filled with your most-loved flowers also make for individual touches.
4. Style with symmetry
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Table lamps, bookends, statuesque ornaments and floral arrangements really shine when styled in pairs.
5. Contrast & complement
Whatever the colour – whether it’s ebony black, rich walnut or a pure white design – reference your cabinet’s hue with accents in similar colourways. A few contrasting tones help to avoid a heavy block colour look and add layers to your display. Light hues make a striking juxtaposition against dark cabinetry and vice versa. Pops of bold colour and metallic tones also add effective highlights.
Dressing your bed in linens of the same colour family will also amplify the impact of your bedside decor. Take inspiration from this interior, designed by Katharine Pooley, in which a deep grey bedspread and photo frame are used to flatter a dark cabinet.
Metallic additions (Michael Aram specialises here) introduce gold and silver twists to bedsides, while tranquil green and blue tones are set to be big accents colours this season.
6. Less is more
Accents in neutral hues never fail to create a less is more look, as do subtle patterns. Simple, clear glassware always makes for a timeless, elegant display.