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How to Style a Bedside Table

When styling a bedside table, the goal is to create a balanced, yet interesting display of functional items and decorative objects. It's small size can make decorating a nightstand tricky, however. Too many items, and the bedside table will appear cluttered and disorganized. On the other hand, too few items can leave a room feeling unfinished. To help you create a functional and visually-interesting arrangement, we've put together this guide to styling a bedside table.

Think in Threes

Displaying items in groupings of three makes for a more aesthetically-pleasing arrangement than displaying items individually. Whether it's candles, a stack of books or a set of photo frames in various sizes, grouping them together in threes will add symmetry to the bedside table. Another good way to group items together is by function. For example, you could style a ring dish, a jewelry tray and a perfume bottle together.

Keep it Clutter-Free

When it comes to bedside tables, less is often more. Some of the most effective arrangements involve just a few well-placed items. Unless you have a lot of space to work with, your lamp should be the largest object on your bedside table. Position the lamp on your bedside table before arranging smaller items like candles, books and other decorative elements around it. Store items you don't want to display in the drawer of the bedside table, if there is one. Another way to make a bedside table feel less crowded is to eliminate lamps altogether and have LED reading lights wired into the wall above the nightstands instead.

Give Your Bedside Table a Personal Touch

Don't forget to include a few items in your arrangement that have personal meaning to you and make you feel happy, relaxed and calm. Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so your bedside table should reflect the things you want to be reminded of when you first wake up and right before you drift off to sleep. Whether it's a souvenir bought while on a memorable vacation or a treasured family photo, placing it at your bedside will help give your nightstand a more intimate, personal feel.

Great bedside table styling is all about simplicity. Too many items arranged haphazardly can overwhelm the table. A well-thought-out arrangement, on the other hand, will not only make your bedside table more functional but it will also add character to your nightstand. Keep the above tips in mind when styling a bedside table.

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