Let's face it: you can have the most gorgeous space ever, but if that side table next to your sofa, or your nightstand next to your bed isn't styled properly, its KILLING THE WHOLE VIBE (I know, i'm super dramatic). But seriously, lets fix this issue.
Side tables come in all different shapes and sizes and some are gorgeous and some are hideous (no we are not all beautiful in our own special way when it comes to furniture). But whether you have a stunning table or a not-so-pretty one, the way you style it can take it from 0-100 real quick.
So let's get started!
DESIGN TIP #1: YOU NEED HEIGHT
The key to a good side table is adding height to it! You can't have all the items on your side table being only a foot high, and the same height as your sofa or bed frame when on top of the table. You need to add height, and the best way to do that is by adding LARGE table lamps. I mean table lamps that are about 30 inches in height, or bigger. If you already have that gorgeous table lamp that you don't want to part with, then get a super cute stack of books (not random kids books either) but get some cute ones that come in a set of different sizes, and then place them on the side table, with your table lamp on top of the books to give it some height and dimension! Books also bring in some extra color and a bit of a personal touch. Books are super important to filling that empty space on your side table. Whether you put your lamp on top, or a vase of flowers, put a stack of books on your side table.
DESIGN TIP #2: BOOKS
Books are a key item to add to your side table, whether its in the bedroom on your nightstand of in the living room next to the sofa. Even if you don't read, (which honestly they should be more decorative books rather than reading books), books are a must! Like I mentioned above, they add a fun flair and if you go with bold black and white books, ugh they will look amazing. BUT books add dimension, character, and a well styled look. You really look like you know what your doing with a nice stack of books on your side table.
P.S- I am not talking about a tower of books (more like 3-5 stacked on top of each other (in order of size-- largest to smallest on top).
DESIGN TIP #3: ADD LIFE THROUGH ORGANICS
I am a really bad plant mom. Like, really bad. I simply forget that these things need water to live (just like me). So faux plants have been the key to my (and all plant lives) happiness! Faux greenery is the best way to add texture and life to your table. I recommend a large faux eucalyptus bundle you can buy HERE with THIS super cute vase. Or, if your going for more of the boho look, go with THIS Monstera leaf. I love the whimsical and relaxed vibe plants bring in to a room!
DESIGN TIP #4: OBJECTS OF INTEREST
You need to add a few other small accessories to your side table/nightstand to really make it look well decorated and like you thoughtfully designed it. I absolutely love THIS little gold object and the bold yet elegant statement it makes. You can get another one in THIS size. The 2 of them side by side, next to your greenery, stack of books, and tall table lamp = PERFECTION.
I feel like DJ Khaled....
What is up with my rap references today? #sorrynotsorry
P.S-- Another item I like to add to nightstand decor is a little jewelry dish as well. A cute little dish like THIS one would be perfect to place your ring or bracelets in before tucking yourself in to a peaceful sleep due to your perfectly styled nightstand that just makes you dream of it every time you close your eyes.
Follow these 4 design tips & you are sure to have a super awesome, thoughtfully designed, perfectly styled side table/nightstand!