NO MATCHING SETS PLEASE!!!
If you've ever wanted your bedroom to look like a display in a furniture store
then please, ignore my heading above.
Go right ahead and buy the matching bedside tables that match the bed
that matches the dresser that goes with the highboy that looks like the armoire ...
everything in the exact same sheen, the exact same finish, the exact same look....
but I think most of you will agree that a well designed room avoids the
"I just bought this set from the furniture store" look -
and while repetition is often beautiful and comforting,
it can be achieved in a much less - yawn - boring manner
are you brave enough to try small chests of drawers over the standard 'bedside tables' ?
(on the plus side, there is more space on these for lamps, books, and beautiful objects...)
how about a small console table (that does not match your bed)
for the symmetrically oriented - go ahead, use one on each side
it's a beautiful look
a piece of furniture that was never intended as a bedside companion
being used as a bedside table or nightstand
is right up my alley
I love the look of this drop-down desk on chest next to the bed
this lovely pink room has small mirrored chests
LOVE these vintage suitcases as bedside table
adding a tray to the top keeps it stable and flat
these are vintage Louis Vuitton - wonderful
and it you don't have vintage Louis Vuitton -
any vintage suitcase combination would look great
these tables offer little storage, but ample display space. clutter
can be disguised with a basket under the table for small items
and perhaps a bedside table doesn't have to be a table or nightstand at all -
this demilune shelf is neither, but is functional and unique
and this one is simple to make with brackets, a board and a little molding
but sometimes bigger is better
I must confess to a little 'crush'
Brooke Giannetti's rooms have such a delicate touch
and I get this little tickle of excitement about the vintage pieces
like this small antique table on the side of the bed - just delicious...
and the basket beneath to hold and hide the clutter
we share a love of used, unique time worn pieces
like this little painted dresser between two twin beds
this little industrial table is perfect with its weathered top and metal legs
I love the sharp contrast next to the fine linen headboard and bedding
more comfortable in the living room, this fine little occasional table
makes a sweet bedside table for a small room
and we are back to Brooke. no matching furniture here, and yet all the furniture looks
perfect together - its all about scale and weight..
a good height for the bedside is the same height or a little higher than your mattress.
a lampshade should come to shoulder height when sitting in bed if you plan on using it to read. sconces on the wall or pendants hanging from the ceiling eliminate the need to have your lampshade a certain height. the size and storage capacity of your nightstand, table or chest
depends primarily on what you need to have on top or within.
5 MUST HAVES for your bedside table
1. Toiletries or beauty treatments: A small bowl or plate for your jewelry to keep them from being misplaced in the dark. Lotions, night creams, facial cloths, tissues.
2. Medical and health related items. Eye glasses or medication for easy access when you get up the next morning.
3. Bedtime hobbies. the book you've been reading or your current crossword puzzle close for easy access, or your journal or notepad for the things you think of before you drop off to sleep
4. Habit items: the television remote, an eye mask or glass and carafe of water.
5. Flashlight and Cell Phone. Keep a flashlight in the top drawer of your nightstand in case of a power outage, burglary, fire or other emergency. Keep your cell phone charging on your nightstand for the same reasons (and I use mine as an alarm clock) Stay prepared and you'll have less stress in your life.
and forgive me for adding one more: fresh flowers!