A bedside table is a modern necessity for any bedroom. Generally speaking, the humble nightstand is home to reading lamps, books, a glass of water, and all other sorts of random things we like to keep by our side at night. But this functional bedroom workhorse can be transformed into a stylish vignette that portrays our personality and adds a little extra touch of sophisticated to a bedroom.
Here are our tips to a functional, yet Instagram-worthy nightstand.
1. Light it right
Bedside lamps are both a functional piece of furniture, but an opportunity to make a statement or inject a new texture into your bedroom. Pick a lamp that makes a statement such as something that has graphic lines, a metallic finish or an interesting shape.
2. Hang some art
Think beyond the box of the nightstand itself and consider adding an artwork, mirror or print to the wall behind it. It can help zone the bedside within the room, as well as bring a pop of unexpected colour into the space.
3. Tidy up with trays
What might look like a haphazard mess strewn across your tabletop can look like a thoughtfully curated selection of products if you simply arrange them all on a single tray. There’s endless varieties of trays available these days, from brass and gold to glass, marble and perforated metal, and most are at affordable price points. Pick one up and arrange your things on top of it and watch how it magically makes your nightstand feel organised rather than messy.
4. Add greenery
Regardless whether it’s a tiny succulent, a vase of flowers or a full grown indoor houseplant, just add some greenery to your bedside table. It’ll feel fresh and instantly chic.
5. Set the mood
A bedroom isn’t complete without a scented candle or diffuser, a pile of your favourite books and a luxe hand cream. Rather than trying to hide them away in a drawer or trying to remember to put them elsewhere, work your books and candles into the styling of your bedside table.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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