I love a good nightstand vignette, but I always struggle with curating a nightstand because I like things to be practical. Practical for me involves a place for books, my glasses, something to drink, etc., and decorative items can get in the way. And I tend to knock them over while frantically trying to turn off the alarm. As a result, sometimes my nightstands look naked. But I’m slowly learning to style tables in a way that looks pretty but is still functional. For me, this means:
- A nice, big lamp
- Ideally a two shelved table (top for “pretty” & bottom for “stuff”)
- One or two larger scale decorative pieces
Keeping in mind the first few photos of nightstands I love and my newfound “rules,” I made an addition to the guest room nightstand which, if you recall, was pretty much just a lamp & a clock:
I aimed to add one more element (groupings of three!) and looked for a piece of the right scale and colour. Happily, I found one in my mom’s curio cabinet. Haha. She actually took it from me, years ago, but it is mine again!
I like it! The vase adds a bit more colour and interest to the nightstand (especially with some cheery Costco flowers!), but still provies guests ample room for a stack of books, cellphone or glass of water. What does a nightstand need to make you happy? What are your styling tricks?