Your bedside table is not just a handy area to store books, jewellery and other odds and ends; it’s also the last place in the house you see before you turn off the light. Make your bedside space functional and beautiful with these clever ideas and stylish design touches.
What’s Your Style?
The area beside your bed is often neglected when it comes to interior styling. But considering that this all-important space is where you go to relax, why not give it the attention it deserves? Give some thought to your personal style and think about incorporating a simple theme to this area – all white, Moroccan, natural wood – whatever suits you. Think outside the square and transform a small ladder (handy for hanging scarves) into an interesting bedside feature, or some vintage suitcases stacked on top of each other for a rustic look. A conventional bedside table is not for everybody.
Surprisingly, there is a lot you manage to squeeze in beside the bed: reading glasses, stash of magazines, clock radio, nightwear or perhaps clothing accessories like belts and jewellery, not to mention a lovely bunch of flowers and a big mug of tea. A clever storage solution for all your bits and bobs keeps the bedside table organised and always beautiful and clutter free. A small cupboard is perfect, but if you prefer the look of a table, perhaps you could opt for a cluster of small boxes beneath or a mini rack for storing books and magazines.
Light is an important feature of your bedside table for reading in the evening or if you need to get up in the middle of the night. The classic standing lamp is a favourite, but floor lamps and pendants offer a completely different feel to the room and also save space on the table for your other essentials. There are some beautiful designs to choose from if opting for these alternatives.
The bedroom is a relaxing space, and a carefully selected collection of ornaments arranged by the bed help you achieve that sense of calm - a fresh bunch of flowers in a beautiful vase or a small decorative box filled with personal items. This is also an area to treasure family photographs in gorgeous frames and other sentimental objects. If your style is minimal, be sure to opt for a striking lamp and stunning but simple bedside table to create a stylish ensemble.
Get the look…
• Remember the bedroom is a calming space - don’t clash with your personal style when updating your bedside area. Choose colours and bedside items you love.
• Space is important. Consider what you store beside your bed and source storage options or clever ways to make use of this small area.
• Enjoy exploring your different lighting options and how your choice of lamp can create a gorgeous bedroom.
• A few select ornaments for the side table create a beautiful vignette for you to enjoy in this personal space.
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Katie Evans - Milan Direct