When it comes to functionality, pairing a bed with a bedside table seems like a no-brainer. After all, where else are you going to place your phone or late-night read before you sleep? Get your bedside table styling just right with these simple tips and inspiring ideas that will brighten up the whole bedroom.
1. Let there be light.
A lamp is a simple way to add a bit of design flair to your bedside table. If your table is a modern hard-edged style, balance it with a shapely lamp design. For a small bedside table, look for a sleek style that won’t take up a lot of room.
2. Pretty Blooms
Whether it’s just one stem or a bunch, fresh flowers provide a nice organic touch to the bedroom, not to mention a bit of color to your nightstand. For a more permanent addition, opt for a delicate plant or sculptural succulent instead.
3. Embrace all shapes and sizes.
Create a balanced and interesting display using objects such as perfume bottles, vases, and trinkets in varying heights, sizes, and shapes. Groupings of three work best and stacked books are perfect for adding height if needed.
4. Layer Upon Layer
Don’t be afraid to overlap items. A lamp partly covering an artwork or a smaller item placed in front of a larger one will provide character to your arrangement.
5. Color Code
Create a sense of cohesion with your displayed bedside items by sticking to a base color. Make sure all the items also coordinate with your bedding and furniture.
6. Good Scents
Add a luxurious touch with a lightly scented candle. Choose a scent that suits the mood you want to convey. For a calm, relaxed space, opt for a scent inspired by the sea or for a light, fresh feel, opt for delicate floral notes.
7. Personal Touch
Include an item to your arrangement that has special meaning to you. It can be an artwork you like, a framed photograph or a travel memento to give your nightstand some character.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.