How To Style A Bedside Table

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Interior Stylist and the creative behind Serenity Lane Styling and Where Hygge Meets Home, Kim Passmore shares her top 7 tips for styling a bedside table.

The second most popular question I am asked behind how to style a bed, is how to style a bedside table? A beautifully styled bedside table can look simple, yet can be a little tricky to achieve if  you aren’t sure where to start or what decor items to choose.   

I have put together my top seven bedside table styling tips that I use to achieve a beautiful and functional bedside. Not all items have to be placed all at once, it comes down to personal style, taste and the size of the bedside.  This isn’t an exhaustive list either. You will no doubt find more ideas, I just find these are great because they are easily accessible and won’t break the budget.  Also try magazines, Pinterest, Houzz,  Instagram or the internet for more ideas as there is so many  inspirational resources out there. When it doubt, the rule of thumb is style in groups of three OR odd numbers. If styling with a group of three objects vary the height and/or sizes tall, medium, small with the tallest item behind the smaller items.

A good way to see if you are happy with the look is to stand back and let your eyes be the judge.  You will be able to ‘sense’ if something doesn’t look quite right. The tip here is to play around with some different arrangements until you find a look that suits your design style and personality.  Also don’t be afraid to place some items slightly in front of the other to create some depth and layers.  Why not have a try at incorporating some of my styling tips below with your bedsides and let your creative flair unfold.

STYLING TIP #1: START WITH A BEDSIDE TABLE LAMP

Unless you have pendant lights in your room, a good way to start is to have a bedside  lamp that corresponds to your style. In general, contemporary and modern style think glass, chrome or metal. Ginger jars look great for Classic or Modern Coastal,  Hampton’s or Asian Inspired design styles.  Timber, glass with shells, rope designs also look great in Coastal style or mix it up for Eclectic look.  Your lamp will generally be the largest item on your stand, so it is good to place your lamp first then work around it.

You might be saying, that sounds great but how do I know what size lamp should I choose to start with? As a general rule of thumb, it is noted that your lamp should be the same height as your bedside then add 2-3 inches or 5cm – 7.5cm. So for example, if your bedside table is 50cm high, you’d be looking at a lamp that is a total of 55-57 cm. If it has a shade, a good size shade is usually one that is two-thirds the height of the lamp base. Your chosen bedside should be approximately the same height or inline with the top of the mattress. 

STYLING TIP #2: ADD SOME BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS OR GREENERY

There’s nothing more beautiful than having a vase of beautiful unstructured or bouquet of blooms or foliage on your bedside to add colour, interest and natural texture to your display.  It doesn’t have to be fresh flowers either, faux flowers and greenery look amazing these days.  Depending on your style, something as simple as a single stem flower or foliage leaves in a larger vessel will look great on a bedside. It helps to create height, shape and balance when mixed with other items on your table. If you are thinking of faux blooms and leaves, have a look at Faking Beautiful @fakingbeautiful. Lisa’s online store has luxe faux blooms at great prices.

STYLING TIP #3: TRY ONE OR A SMALL STACK OF BOOKS

There is something so enticing about seeing one or a small stack of books on a styled bedside table. Not only does it serve a purpose to have some of your favourite reads handy, but they help to create height, shape and interest. I often like to place some blooms on top of  a stack of books and it looks great.  It’s really up to you. 

STYLE TIP #4: ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH WITH DECORATIVE ITEMS

Trinket trays, boxes, a quirky pieces or even a small vase are a great way to add a personal touch to your bedside. They can be pieces you have bought just because you love it so much or a trinket you got on your travels. They look great off to the side of a bedside, placed on top of a small stack of books or part of a grouped collection on your bedside. Trinket trays and boxes are great for your jewellery, a watch or phone (oops did I say that?). Either way they look fab and also help to keep your bedside looking uncluttered.  

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Faux greenery, small knick knacks and quirky trinkets add height, layers and texture to your bedside. @serenitylane.styling

STYLING TIP #5: COMPLIMENT YOUR LOOK WITH A GORGEOUS CANDLE

There is something about seeing a beautiful scented candle on a bedside table. It adds ambience, smells great and looks divine to bring a cosy, intimate and beautiful look to your space. 

STYLING TIP #6: ACCESSORISE WITH ARTWORK

Framed photos or artwork placed on a bedside is visually interesting and another personal touch to your room. They look great placed at the front or back of the bedside and create a wonderful backdrop if placed at the back on the table or above it to the left or right of the bedside lamp.  If you don’t have or even want a bedside table, try placing a large framed art print or art piece next to the bed with a stack of book or magazines just in front or slightly left or right of the artwork on the floor. Place some greenery or a modern lamp on top of the stack of books and it can look great in contemporary, modern and minimalist design styles.

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Have fun accessorising your bedside with art prints or personal photos @serenitylane.styling

STYLE TIP #7: CHOOSE ITEMS THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR ROOM’S COLOUR SCHEME

My tip for a beautiful looking bedside is to try to choose items that coincide with your bedding or room scheme. Doing so with help to create a more cohesive look in your room. Adding a small piece that has a pop of colour can also look great.  As a final note, styling your bedside is all about personal taste and style.  It’s about creating a balance of height, colour, texture and scale. With some practice and handy styling tips you’ll be styling your bedside like a pro in no time at all! 

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Choose items for your bedside that are consistent with your overall scheme for a cohesive look @serenitylane.styling

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Bedside Table Styling Ideas. Photo credit @serenitylane.styling

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