A couple of years ago I found a pair of matching bedside tables. We’ve been living with them just the way we found them. I’ve decided that this is the year I’ll give them a makeover. Not only will they get a new paint job but I also want to style them so they’ll look nice and be useful. Most of the time I just play around with items until they look right but I wanted to find a formula for how to style a nightstand. First, let me share the formula I came up with, then watch the videos to see them put into practice.
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How to Style a Nightstand
The secret to making your nightstand look professionally styled is layering.
Lighting is a must on a nightstand. Even if you don’t have any of the other layers, you must have light. Finding a lamp with a usb port is a bonus. You can charge your phone without climbing around under the bed trying to plug in your charger!
Kristi shared a great article asking the question, “Should bedside lamps match?” What do you think?
Either way, I love her little typewriter table used as a bedside table.
Large Mirror or Piece of Art
Next, either hang or lean a large mirror or piece of art on the wall at the back of the nightstand.
Smaller Mirror or Piece of Art
The next layer is a smaller piece of art or a photo. You can either lean it against the larger piece of art/mirror or put it in a frame with a stand.
What’s a tchotchke? It’s “stuff”… books, figurines, doo-dads, etc. These can be useful or just decorative.
Tony added a unique tchotchke on her cute Ikea nightstand makeover:
Tray, Dish, or Ring Holder
Find a cute vintage dish (or make one!) for when you take off your jewelry at night. I have a small glass coaster that I keep tucked in the corner of my nightstand drawer.
I’m not sure how I feel about hanging nightstands but I do like how Crystal layered the jewelry box on the books on hers.
If you don’t have much light in your bedroom add a fake plant or flowers. I like faux succulents “planted” in a vintage pitcher or mug.
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Baskets are great for extra storage if your nightstand has an open shelf. Or you can add a basket under or beside your nightstand. You don’t even have to use a nightstand as a nightstand… use a little side table and add a big basket like this:
Racheal hit ALL the points in her styled nightstand:
If you enjoyed seeing how to style a nightstand, you might also like these articles:
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- How to Care for Your Pillows
- 12 DIY Headboard Ideas
- 43 Small Bedroom Ideas
- 5 Rustic Master Bedroom Ideas
Thanks for reading. Leave a comment and let me know what you have on your nightstand. Featured on Swing into Spring.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim