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Nightstand Styling Made Simple

October 26, 2021

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Oh, nightstand styling! Pinterest makes it look so easy.

I recently built these nightstands and was so excited with how they turned out, but I wasn’t sure how to style them. I tried several different looks until I narrowed it down to the items that made the most sense for the style, color and size of our nightstands. Here are my easy-to-follow tips for nightstand styling to make you nightstand Pinterest worthy! I also share my favorite decor items that work with almost any style, color and size nightstand.

Black Nightstand Styled with books and flowers

1. Add lighting

Table lamps add such a beautiful element to nightstand styling. One thing to keep in mind is the scale of the table lamp. This will depend on the size of your nightstand. As you can see in my photo, the nightstands I built are wide, so a wider table lamp looks more proportionate than if I would’ve opted for a petite lamp. I personally like making the table lamp the focus item.

Pro Tip: Try to keep the lamp shade no wider than the nightstand.

Black Nightstand styled with greenery

2. Use fresh greenery or flowers

There’s something about bringing the outside in that makes home feel relaxing and peaceful. Adding greenery to your nightstand will immediately elevate the look. It also adds texture and color. I usually like to use a clear vase, but you could also opt for a neutral color.

Pro Tip: Use eucalyptus for your fresh greenery. It will last up to 3 weeks, so you won’t have to replace it as often. Make sure to trim the ends before placing in water.

Black Nightstand styled with art

3. Play with layering

Try incorporating your favorite piece of art or maybe even 2 pieces or adding a mirror on the back of the nightstand. Layering different pieces creates depth to your styling. I prefer to keep my nightstand styling simple but will usually add either a piece of art or coffee table books layered with other items.

Pro Tip: You don’t have to spend a fortune on coffee table books, just cover some old books with neutral fabric!

Make sure to check out the Thula Tula site for this beautiful and cozy blanket. Also remember, sometimes less is more!

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