How To: Style a Bedside Table

Aug 18, 2017

A well styled bedside table might sounds simple but I do believe there is a certain art to achieving an effortlessly curated and personal look. Flicking through interior magazines you’ll definitely know what I mean about a bedside table that just looks…perfect! Although perfect might look different for different people, there are definitely some must haves and essential considerations. Remember that as well as being a functional space to place a house phone, jewellery and a lamp, the bedside table is a platform to show off your styling skills (I know you can do this!).

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The combination of the items you select and how they work together is pretty much the key to a successful bedside table. SO if you take one thing away from this post, remember to consider the relationship between your objects. This includes assessing their size, height and texture. The height of the objects is an obvious one, having pieces of the same height will make the space look flat and one dimensional. Maybe opt for a tall lamp, some books in a pile and then a small vase, giving you three different levels. In a similar fashion be confident in choosing things with different textures, this could be a really good opportunity to incorporate a metallic finish into the room. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid using objects smaller than the size of an apple, this can make the table look cluttered and have a less eye catching effect. On that note, don’t be afraid to leave some empty space, especially if your bedside table is a feature in itself, don’t cover it up with too many styling bits.

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As much as using different textures and finished is a must, it’s important to consider surrounding items for example what material is the head board made of? Also remember that this could be a great opportunity to tie together other finishes used in the room, using mixed metal or wood finishes to create harmony and flow throughout the space.

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Aside from concentrating on the feng shui of the bedside table, it’s also really important to just bare in mind that this is a space that you’ll use every single day so it does need to be practical. A clock is quite often a priority for people as well as a place to store small bits of jewellery that you might take off at the end of the day. But don’t feel like these things need to be boring and mundane, have fun and switch up basic items for a colourful clock or a hammered metal trinket dish. Another ESSENTIAL is a bedside lamp. But lamps are actually a dominant feature in your bedside table design as they can inject colour, texture, light and height. Another little trick if you have two bedside tables, is to create a mirror image by using a pair of matching lamps. This symmetry is very visually pleasing and makes the room look balanced.

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Finally, don’t forget to include your personal style. As I mentioned there are some definite must-haves but there’s no set pattern for the perfect bedside table, it should reflect your tastes and interests and compliment your bedroom. A lovely touch to include is a photo frame with pictures of friends and family or just good memories, after all this is one the first things you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to bed so make sure it evokes happy memories.

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Sources: Wooden side table | Blue room | Grey lampPatterned room | Grey nightstand

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