Styling the bedside table

27th Aug 2019 Inspiration & Lifestyle

A home for practical contents and the perfect place to make a design statement- the bedside table holds a lot of importance in bringing together a bedroom look.


Although it may seem simple in theory, in reality there’s an undeniable art to dressing a bedside table, with the challenge of balancing practicality and style, to perfectly suit your bedroom design and lifestyle.

Without proper thought or planning, there will always be the risk that your bedside table could just become a home for clutter, rather than a practical piece of furniture- so, where should you start with planning?

We’re sharing our top 6 tips for styling the bedside table, so you can create the ideal space for your practical items, whilst creating a design statement you’re proud of.


1. Colour scheme

Decorating your bedside table with complementing hues is a great way to highlight its design and create the best style statement.

It’s important to take into consideration the tone of the furniture itself, and then the colour of your room, so the accessories either complement or contrast in the way that you want them to. For example, in the below bedroom featuring our Chapter bedside in Stone, we have used a selection of muted, neutral tones in the lamp and photo frames for a calming, relaxed look. Alternatively, for a bold statement we could have used bright lime shades to complement the pops of colour around the room.

Decide on the statement you want to make, whether it be bold or muted, then bear this in mind when picking your design pieces.




2. Let there be light

Whether you like to read in bed on an evening, like to create a relaxed environment without the main bedroom light on, or even just want a feature decoration, a lamp is the perfect practical yet attractive addition to the bedside table.

They also come in an endless range of colours and styles, so you will easily find a design you love, to bring light to your bedroom.

We’ve selected a few of our favourites to provide you with some inspiration:


Millbank Slab Table Lamp – Amara – £70 

Gold Metal Lamp – Zara Home – £119

Concrete and Brass Table Lamp – Graham and Green – £129

St Ives Table Lamp – The White Company – £250 

3. Time keeping

A clock is a bedside essential for most, whether it’s used for a morning alarm, or just to keep time in the bedroom. They are practical, but can also make a stylish feature, with many finishes and designs available, and many added functions (such as a speaker or radio) if you’re looking for a little bit extra from your clock.

From classic styles, to modern digital designs, we’ve picked a few of our favourites to give you an idea of what’s available:



Charles Alarm Clock – Wayfair – £61.99 

Libra Isoscles Curved Front Mantel Clock – Next Home – £125

Odette Triangle Digital Alarm Clock – MADE – £25

MYGGJAGARE Clock – Ikea – £12 

4. Personal touches

Making a bedside table truly yours is easy with a few personal touches. A favourite quote, a family photo, or a holiday keepsake can transform your bedside from mundane and flat to bright and full of personality.

If you’re going for a busy style, rather than minimalistic, why not include a few different pieces to make your bedside fun and eye-catching?



5. Greenery

There are a selection of plants that are proven to help you get a good night sleep, whilst working to purify the air in the room- so what better place to pop a house plant than beside your bed?

Here are a selection of plants that are proven to help improve air quality and encourage a great sleep:

  • Aloe Vera – Named as one of the best plants for air purification, an Aloe Vera plant releases oxygen throughout the night. They also have a cool, sleek design that make them a great bedside feature.
  • Lavender – A well known relaxing scent that helps people fall into a quick, deep sleep, whilst the plant’s appearance brings a pop of calming colour to your bedside.
  • Peace Lily – An all-in-one plant that both purifies the air by removing toxins and helps to reduce the symptoms of allergies by creating air humidity.
  • Jasmine – Jasmine is said to help improve quality of sleep to those who were exposed to its beautiful scent. It also flowers with dainty white blooms that bring an elegance to a bedside table.




6. Keep clutter at bay

It’s inevitable that over time your bedside table will become the home of bits and bobs, like the jewellery and hair clips you remove before heading to sleep. Having a dish, or a jewellery stand is a great idea to keep all your pieces in one place.



Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.

Nate Berkus

Has our guide been useful to you? Do you have any advice you’d like to share, or questions you’d like to ask? Let us know over on social media!

Check out our full range of bedside tables here.