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How to Style a Bedside Table

A bedside table can be the perfect complement to a good night’s sleep. It is one of the most important pieces of furniture in the bedroom. It acts both as a practical storage unit for essential items and a decorative element that adds an aesthetic value to the sleeping space. 

Yet, the night table is often one of the most overlooked pieces of furniture in a home.  It’s a surface with so much potential despite often being cluttered with books and personal effects. 

how to style a bedside tableThis Morrison Night Table features two large draws with ample surface space to place miscellaneous items and bedside necessities such as a lamp | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London

Nightstand styling is the art of creating a visually interesting look without sacrificing its function or overwhelming the space, achieving such balance, however, can be challenging. With this style guide, discover five ways to style a bedside table. 

5 Ways to Style a Bedside Table 

The night table is a personal space that should feel curated to reflect one’s personality while complementing the interior design of the bedroom. From elegant and minimalist to modern and chic, there are endless ways to style this piece of furniture. 

Here are five night table styling ideas for the bedroom.

1. Add Dimension with Heights and Sizes

bedside table how to styleThis Kirk Nightstand has is home to a large book, an interesting sculpture and a particularly large lamp, the differing heights of all these items do well to bring more dimension to the space | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London

One of the most dynamic ways to style a bedside table is using accessories of different heights. Having an assortment of decorative elements of differing heights, such as a lamp, a plant or even a neat stack of books, creates interest and helps balance out the visual weight of the table.

Furthermore, varying heights create the illusion of having more space. For example, a pile of books on one side of a bedside table can help offset a taller object, such as a lamp. In addition, a few candles will always add height and create a warm ambience when lit.

2. Add Personal Touches 

Styling a night table with personalised items is an opportunity to add unique touches and decor to the bedroom. For example, framed photographs of loved ones, scented candles, or even souvenirs from a memorable holiday can act as adorning accents. 

When placed on top of a nightstand, these can create a warm atmosphere filled with peace and tranquillity. 

3. Add a Colour with Flowers and Plants

Adding a touch of colour to the nightstand will give the room a fresh look and inspire a joyful atmosphere. Greenery, such as aloe vera plants or succulents, or colourful flowers, can freshen any space, while bringing fresh aromas and scents to the bedside. 

Furthermore, plants and flowers bring additional layers of texture and height when arranged on top of a stack of books or placed inside a decorative vase or bowl.

4. Style with Artwork 

With a dash of creativity and artistic touch, a bedside table can become the bedroom’s focal point and the highlight of the interior decor. 

Featuring a work of art with complementary colours and textures that match the interior design of a bedroom will pull the look together and create an inspired space. Decorative ornaments, such as statuettes and sculptures or framed artwork and prints, add an artistic element to the room, making it look and feel more elegant and unique. 

5. Play with Symmetry

nightstand how to styleHere, two identical Milton Nightstands frame the bed, both complete with matching lamps, although the lamps are placed at different angles, which helps to create intrigue around the space | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London

Symmetry in the bedroom creates a pleasing visual effect. Placing a bedside table of the same height and size on each side of the bed will create a symmetrical arrangement that will help frame the bed itself. 

In order to heighten this symmetrical aesthetic, each night table can be styled and dressed with similar accent pieces. For example, this can be easily done by placing a lamp on each bedside table. Of course, other items can be brought in depending on how symmetrical one wishes the tables to be. 

The best way to create symmetry with a single night table is to centre all the items on top of it. This may be achieved by using two matching lamps and placing them on both sides of the table, which will create a sense of balance in the room.

Furthermore, adding something unexpected to break up the symmetry, such as a small sculpture will create an intriguing visual effect that will add a touch of drama to the overall space. 

How to Find the Right Night Table

Regardless of the size and style of the bedroom, a well-chosen nightstand can pull the bedroom’s look together to create a space that feels whole. 

Size is an important consideration when looking for a bedside table. It should be large enough to accommodate all essential items, but at the same time not so big that it overwhelms the space around it. For example, a lean and compact nightstand is a better choice for a minimalist interior design than a tall and heavy one. 

Another factor to consider when looking for the right night table for a bedroom is its style. The nightstand should match the rest of the bedroom’s decor. For instance, decorative touches, such as wooden knobs or metal pulls on the drawers should complement the other furniture in the room. 

Conclusion: Styling a Bedside Table

The bedside table is a versatile piece of furniture that serves more than one function. Not only is it a convenient place to place one’s smartphone and jewellery, but it can also be used as an elegant accent piece. 

A night table may seem like an ordinary piece of furniture, but with just a few extra touches, it can become a unique feature that highlights one’s taste.

To summarise, here are five of the simple and effective ways to style a bedside table: 

  • Add dimension with heights and size: Placing items of varying heights and sizes on the nightstand will create a compelling visual effect. 
  • Add personal touches: Adding personal touches to the bedside table can make it feel more homely and welcoming.
  • Add colour with flowers and plants: Flowers and plants in various colours placed on top of a nightstand will bring a breath of freshness and life to the bedroom. 
  • Style with artwork: Framed artwork, ornaments, or miniature sculptures can turn the nightstand into a decorative display.
  • Play with symmetry: Using a symmetrical layout on top of a nightstand or creating symmetry with two bedside tables will make the room feel neater and more balanced.

To discover the range of night tables featured in the Minotti London collection, click here or visit our London showroom.  How to Style a Bedside Table

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