Great bedside styling doesn’t just happen, there’s generally some well-considered thought, a little planning and a lot of inspiration behind it. Your bedside table can be a lot more than just a place to rest your phone, alarm clock or a pile of unread books. With just a few styling tricks that little table can be instantly transformed into a styled to perfection focal point that reflects your design aesthetic. Why not try some our tips and make over your bedside table today?

1. Let there be light

Unless you have hanging pendants above or wall lights near your bed then a lamp is a simple way to add both lighting and a bit of design flair to your bedside table. Look for a lamp that corresponds with your interior style yet won’t take up too much space. Place your lamp on your table before anything else and position the rest of your items around it, it will act as your anchoring point.

2. Pretty blooms

Whether it is just a stem or a whole bunch, fresh flowers provide a nice organic touch to the bedroom not to mention a great injection of colour. For a more permanent addition opt for a delicate plant, think about an orchid or fern or perhaps a more hardy sculptural succulent like a “string of pearls” instead.

3. Art that makes you smile

Whether it’s a special birthday card, a postcard from your travels, a photograph or a treasured piece of art why not pop it in a frame and place it on your bedside table. It’s about capturing something you love and presenting it beautifully to be admired every day!

4. Decorative items

Pieces you’ve collected from your travels, trinket boxes (good for doubling as a jewellery box) thrift store finds or latest decor pieces you just had to have. These pieces are a great way to inject personality into your bedside, less is more though so be wary about over cluttering your table.

5. Colour code

A vital tip for a great bedside table is to create cohesion with the rest of your room. Coordinate all your displayed items on your bedside back with the main colour scheme of your bedroom decor and of course, your bedding. A continuous Colour palette really is key when decorating your bedside table, that said you can still have fun with colour adding a surprise pop here and there with a trinket or floral arrangement.

6. Book lovers table

If books are an ever-present feature on your bedside table, why not make them the main star? Pile up a few gorgeous books and use them to create height and interest to your table. Layer a posy in a vase on top of them and maybe a ring dish to the side so as that the space of your table is still utilised.

7. Organic items

If flowers or plants aren’t your thing, it’s nice to introduce something else organic to your table like a piece of coral, a collection of shells, a piece of driftwood or perhaps even a timber or marble accessory.

8. Keep it real

Be realistic about your space needs, if you need more storage don’t be afraid to choose a bedside table that has drawers or even one that has both an open and closed space in it that is perfect for hiding those necessities and items you don’t want on display. Leaving the top clutter free to show off your prettier pieces. If you have an open bedside table but need more storage, use decorative boxes or chic wicker baskets as a solution to hide away your bits and pieces.

9. Layer it up

Layering is key when styling your bedside table. Choose items of similar texture or colour but of varying heights. Don’t be afraid to overlap items as this can add visual interest and depth.

10, Balance

Great bedside styling is all about balance — of height, colour, texture and shape. Stand back and survey your bedside table, see if there is anything missing or if it needs some editing and refining. Remember the motto really is LESS IS MORE when it comes to a bedside table. Sometimes the most beautiful bedside tables are simple and sparse with only a few carefully curated items on show.


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