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Design Challenge: 1 Nightstand, 3 Ways to Style It

nightstand ideasAhh nightstands… They are a smart, if not obvious addition to any bedroom. Not only do they make your space feel more put-together and polished, but they also offer much-needed shelving, storage and surface area in a super convenient location – right next to your bed. They can even be a great way to add some personality to your bedside if you share with a partner.

To help inspire some nightstand ideas for your bedroom, we challenged our design team to pick one nightstand and style it in three different ways. We love the beachy elegance and the handwoven raffia detail that’s sure to add both texture and storage to your bedroom. But don’t be fooled, this nightstand works surprisingly well in rooms of all styles – from rustic, to classic, and even eclectic.

Ready to give your bedside an upgrade? Read on to see some of our favorite nightstand ideas in action!

rustic nightstand ideasRustic

For this design, we wanted the nightstand to be the star. To get the look, embrace a clean aesthetic with a neutral color palette and minimal decor. This lets the textures be the star so you create a room that stands out! The seagrass of the nightstand pairs perfectly with the subdued cane bed frame and the two pieces come together to create a space rich in depth and dimension.

No need to crowd your nightstand with vases and frames. We’ve styled this room with a delicate carafe and single candle to keep it simple and sleek. The beauty of a space like this comes from the understated elegance. Bold art helps to ground the scene and balances the dark blue hue of the nightstand. Hanging artwork next to the bed frame is a great alternative if you’d rather not hang it above your bed (those of you living in earthquake zones, take note).

Bonus Tip: Combining prints like we did with the geo-floral artwork and tribal pillowcases gives a rustic space a cool, eclectic feel.

classic nightstand ideasClassic

If a classic, coastal escape vibe suits your tastes, this might be your perfect nightstand solution! Flower motifs are essential in a classic space. Let florals bloom with flower pillowcases and art featuring classic floral patterns that complement your nightstand. We added a fine-china inspired lamp that helps bring in a splash of blue and an eye-catching pattern.

Nothing says “classic” like a blue and white color palette! The deep blue wall color ties all of the individual elements together, especially the blue stripes in this hand-woven jute rug – one of our favorite pieces for spring. And a pop of yellow in the wall art adds warmth to balance the blue mood. Natural elements give the room an earthy feel and we love the woven texture of the headboard and jute rug.

Bonus Tip: Keep a stool nearby for a handy place to take off/put on shoes, drop your bags or sit with a beverage and enjoy the view!

eclectic nightstand ideasEclectic

This design style is perfect for risk-takers and those who want a bit more personality at their bedside! The perfect eclectic nightstand setup is all about finding balance. Design elements like a gallery wall or a statement rug pair well with more toned-down elements like a white bedspread and neutral accent pillows.

Smartly arranged art and thoughtful accessories on top of the nightstand are also essential. When picking art for a gallery wall in an eclectic space, go for pieces that have a variety of subjects, styles, and even frames. Portraits mixed with still lifes are a striking combo and cover all your art history bases!

If your nightstand, like ours, has an open shelf, take full advantage of the storage space by using baskets. They help coral clutter, keeping your bedside tidy and put together. The extra baskets in the corner tie in with the eclectic theme and also provide space for knick-knacks and extra pillows.

Bonus Tip: Who says all nightstands need a table lamp? Make use of all the surface area by incorporating a floor lamp instead. Just be sure it’s the right height to match your bed and nightstand to make for an easy reach when you’re ready for bed.

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Surface Styling 101 – Tips for Decorating All the Surfaces in Your Home

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Surface styling is key in creating a homey, lived-in look! From your coffee table to your nightstand, it’s those final touches that turn a room into an Instagram-worthy interior. But surprisingly enough, it’s these small decorative moments that can be the trickiest things to master.

To help demystify the surface styling process, we’re cracking open our Modsy designers’ playbook and giving you the inside scoop on our best decor ideas.

Ready to give your surfaces the style treatment they deserve? Read on for our best surface decor ideas!

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1. Nightstand

Function is the number one rule to keep in mind when styling your nightstands.

Start with a table lamp – the main event – and then layer on your accessories. Consider a bedside clock (a great alternative to smartphones) alongside other smaller accents like candles, a small plant, vases, and framed photos.

decor ideas2. Dresser

When it comes to decor ideas for your dresser, always start with taller pieces on the outside edges of the dresser. A collection of vases in varying heights, potted plants, or table lamps are great options here.

One you have these “bookends” established, layer in your smaller accent pieces alongside the larger decorative accessories – books, a jewelry box, or candles are all great options!

As far as crowning your dresser, if you need a mirror the place above your dresser is the perfect place. If not, a piece of art you love makes a great focal point.

decor ideas3. Pillows

Pillows are a great way to highlight a sofa, accent chair, or bed and introduce different colors, patterns and textures into your space. Layer your sofa with pillows to create dimension in your room and make your sofa look extra cozy for lounging!

Bonus idea – pillows can be an inexpensive way to change up your decor from season to season. When you get tired of the ones you have, swap in some new ones to totally mix up your look.

decor ideas4. Coffee Table

Books, candles and small decorative objects are the perfect decor ideas for dressing up an empty coffee table.

Keep scale in mind when choosing your accessories. Pieces that are too small will feel insubstantial and make your coffee table seem scattered. Accents that are too large will overwhelm the table and can make your space feel cluttered.

decor ideas5. Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace, odd are it’s the focal point of your living room. This is a great opportunity to make your space shine!

Keep it simple with one large art piece or a mirror, or spice it up with an odd number of decor pieces on each end for a balanced look.

decor ideas6. Bookcase

Built-ins and bookcases don’t have to be packed to the brim with stuff! Styling each shelf with 2-3 decor pieces will help bring the room to life, without adding clutter.

Depending on how wide your shelves are, follow the 3-5 piece rule. The key is to group an odd amount of pieces together and switch up placement on each shelf. Be wary of too much symmetry, which can be distracting and often feel sterile.

Adding smaller pieces of artwork, books, and greenery are an easy way to fill up space and create that amazing, layered look.

decor ideas7. Credenza

Similar to mantels, a grouping of an odd number amount of decor on each end of a credenza or in the middle helps create a balanced look. The trick is to incorporate pieces of varying heights and shapes to keep the look visually interesting.

Credenzas are a great place to hang a large mirror, a statement artwork, or even create a gallery wall moment. Think about topping your credenza with bowls, vases, candles, greenery, books, and mini sculptures.

decor ideas8. Dining Table

No matter the size, all dining tables need some decor love! Consider one statement item, an odd grouping of smaller decorative pieces, or a few candles as quick and easy ways to complete the look.

Some of our favorite centerpiece ideas include bowls, candles and candle holders, vases, and flowers and greens!

Ready to see some 3D decor ideas in your room?