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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Nighstands Can Be A Dilemma


Recently I posed a question to a group of friends that are design enthusiast. I asked them, “What do you have on your nightstands?”

The answers varied from person to person. There were common things such as phone, clock, books etc. The cutest answer was, binky, sippy cups and goldfish crackers. I loved that one the best!

The reason I posed this question is I recently purchased new lighing for my master bedroom and they are hanging lights so it has cleared up some space on my nightstands.

This is how they use to look………

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This is my old queen size bed, we now have a new king size bed. I still love this bed and it will be used as a guest room bed someday. This is my side of the bed.

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Hubby’s side of the bed, he has a small bachelor chest for his nightstand.
New bed and different lamps……..

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I did not style the tables knowing that I was going to have new lighting installed as you can see in this image.

Next is the image of my new lighting………

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As you can see we have empty nightstands!

Since I am a girl that does not like visual clutter, it is very important to me that I maintain the calm, serene atmosphere that my bedroom has now.

So what is a girl to do?

I did what any smart girl would do...

I asked my friends and then I went to my Pin-board for nightstands called, “Nightstand Display!” and started studying what I had pinned in the past.

Let me show you some of my favorite combinations and see if you can pick up on a common thread. 

One thing I have to keep in mind I won’t have a table lamp to take up any visual space, so keep that in mind as well……..

How to Style Your Nightstand
The lamp could be replaced with a vase or an urn.

How to Style Your Nightstand

Neat and orderly. I like the cute little bowl to hold jewelry. Of course there will be no orange flowers in my room, LOL. 

I would be happy with this configuration without the lamp and just the vase of flowers. I love fresh flowers in my room.
How to Style a Nightstand or Bedside Table

Here is a drawing that has the perfect configuration. I has levels, textural interest and a nice back drop with artwork.

How to Style Your Nightstand... inspiration and best items for your bedside table

This is a clever way to fill in a large amount of wall space. Use a very large  frame and matting for a small piece of artwork.

How to Style a Nightstand or Bedside Table
l liked this image because it shows both sides of the bed. I also like the way they made them asymmetrical, yet it still looks balanced.

They kept it looking balanced by keeping the height of the artwork  the same on both sides.

How to Style Your Nightstand
Using a tray to corral all the smaller elements is a great idea. In this image the artwork is hung to the side wall of the nightstand, yet it is still a part of the vignette.

I will have to admit that for my own home creating a pleasing vignette on my nightstands is difficult for me due to the fact that I do not like visual clutter.


Something very special is coming my way, and when it gets here I will be creating my very own vignette on my nightstands.

Did you pick up on one common thread in each of the above images?

I will keep you all posted!

Do you all have a hard time with your nightstands? Did you get any inspiration today?

(all above images and their original links can be found on my pinboard, HERE!)



Nancy said...

I have a hard time with my husbands side for sure. I did manage to find matching lamps that he seems to like. But anytime I try to put something else on his side, I eventually find it on top of my dresser. I am guessing he's hinting that he doesn't want anything there. I haven't asked him because I have a fear of what he'll say he does want. Which I am sure will be something ugly. lol So for now, it's a lamp and bottle of water. :)

Merlin said...

Yup, I have trays on both night stands...they need to be edited thanks to our visuals. :) franki

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I adore all your examples. I'd love to rid myself of my alarm clock. I don't use it anymore except for time. I'd love an alternative glowing clock in my room.

Anonymous said...

there is always three things on my nightstand. books, plants (or flowers, but generally some big, leafy plant) and something artsy. tons of books. always tons of books. can't wait to see what your new nightstands will look like...

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Great post...I love all the art work leaning against the wall...Cant wait to see what you do...round night stands would look good to...

Babs said...

Great inspiration! Love the layering of the prints on the wall.

designchic said...

You know I am loving your bedroom and can't wait to see what you are putting on your nightstands. Love the trays...

Patty Rumaker said...

You say clutter I say layers. Haha... I do like all the examples you showed. I like the layering of the framed artwork. I REALLY like you hanging the lights over the nightstand instead of a lamp - I have been wanting to do that forever.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Of course I got inspiration. Who wouldn't? My husband and I have our own alarm clocks. I like a book and usually a glass of water. Reading glasses are a must at my age.

Privet and Holly said...

I would not want a nightstand
top that was packed to the gills.
I like beauty and function! I also
have wall lamps, above the each
one, so I don't have a lamp taking
up most of the space. A tray, lotion,
pictures in frames, a coaster and
a book pretty much rounds out my
nightstand cast of characters : )

Love how much fun you are having
with this!

xo Suzanne

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Can't wait to see what you have coming in to complete your night stands. I mentioned you on my blog today - Getting Ready for Fall in the South. Hope you don't mind.


I looked back at all the nightstands.....I think you are going to add art?!