The 15 Best Side Table Ideas and Must Know Styling Tips
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. 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, a lamp is an essential functional bedside piece. It can also be a simple way to add bsome serious design flair to your bedside table.
Look for a lamp that corresponds with your interior style without taking up too much space. When styling your bedside table, place your lamp 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, as well as a great injection of colour. For a more permanent addition opt for a delicate plant such as an orchid or fern, or perhaps a more hardy sculptural succulent like a “string of pearls".
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! Take a look at our framed prints.
4. Decorative Items
Pieces you've collected from your travels, trinket boxes (good for doubling as a jewellery boxes) op-shop finds or latest decor pieces you just had to have. These pieces are a great way to inject personality into your bedside, but remember, less is more so avoid cluttering your table. See decorative pieces.
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 with the main colour scheme of your bedroom decor and bedding. A continuous colour palette is key when decorating your bedside table, however you can still have fun adding a surprise pop of colour here and there with a trinket or floral arrangement.
6. Book Lovers Table
7. Organic Items
If flowers or plants aren't your thing, introduce something organic to your table such as a piece of coral, a collection of shells, a piece of driftwood or perhaps a timber or marble accessory.
Mirrored bedside tables are great for bringing light into the bedroom and will reflect the colours of the room to create extra depth.
9. A guy's side of the bed doesn't have to be neglected, boring or empty!
A pile of books on the table can act as a shelf to display an alarm clock or even a trinket dish for his watch/cufflink/spare change. Florals and greenery are also great for a masculine bedside when you opt for more masculine tones or hardy house plants.
10. Mismatched Tables
Your bedside tables don't have to match. As long as both tables are about the same height and have similar aesthetics or finishes they will work to compliment each other. Keep the lamps the same and add similar styling touches to both. Head here for a detailed guide and more inspiration on how to master mismatched bedside tables.
11. 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 - perfect for hiding those necessities and items you don't want on display. Leave 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.
12. 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. Browse our framed prints.
13. Good Scents
Add a luxurious touch with a lightly scented candle. Choose a scent that suits the mood you want to convey. For a calm and relaxed space opt for a scent inspired by the sea or for a light, fresh feel opt for delicate floral notes.
14. Think outside the box
Finally, 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.