Bedside Manners: How to Accessorize the Nightstand

May 24, 2013


This may seem like a simple topic and I love it because of that.  Sometimes the most simple of things can be the best.  The nightstand is a very functional piece of furniture that can take many shapes and forms.  Based on the few of my favorite inspiration images, I have a list of items you may want to try next to your resting spot.

Lighting – It may come in the form of a table lamp, a wall mounted sconce or a ceiling mounted fixture.  This key part of the bedroom can make a design statement.  Make sure and keep it in balance with scale with your nightstand to have room for other essentials.

Books – Reading material is a staple for unwinding at night.  Don’t go overboard; perhaps stick to 2 or 3.  Also, think about incorporating them into the overall look, perhaps to elevate decorative objects.

Flowers and Plants – Bringing life to the bedroom is always a good thing.  There is something about the shape and color of live blooms that make a room feel complete.

Sculpture – Adding a personal touch shows your personality.  Having a favorite object there to say goodnight to you and to greet you in the morning is not too bad either!

Clock – Make a utilitarian piece interesting.  Choose a timepiece that makes you smile when you are running around getting ready.

Candles – Adding this element can be very romantic and soothing.  A little fire in the bedroom is a good thing.

Artwork and Mirrors – Either mounted on the wall or leaning, incorporate art to add dimension to your bedside.  Be sure not to hang your art too high disconnecting it from your table.  Also, do not be afraid to hide a portion of the piece behind your lighting or placing it off center.  A little mystery is good in the bedroom too.




Thanks for the inspiration fellow designers:






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