How to : style your bedside

How to : style your bedside

With your bedside being the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see before drifting off to sleep, it makes the perfect place to display your favourite moments, prettiest pieces and items that make you happy!

Let's start with the furniture; bedsides don't need to match, it's about mixing and complementing bedside furniture to suit your needs and your home style. Stools and side tables make practical surfaces to arrange your bedside vignette; if storage is needed, choose a modern set of bedside draws. What helps to keep the look cohesive is choosing furniture in similar materials, such as oak.


Next, the dressing. To make your bedside both pretty and practical, here's a list of 6 items to make styling it the easiest of tasks...

1. Soft light for reading

Pendant lights hung above a bedside table are becoming more and more popular in the bedroom. They're a great way to frame a bed, especially if you don't have a bedhead. Hung at the right height, they can provide a soft, ambient light for your bedside. Aim to have the bottom of the shade hanging below eye line when sitting up in bed, and if you do have a bedhead to consider, about 1/3 from the top of the bedhead.

Alternatively, we're also fans of having a mix of both a hanging pendant light and a table light on the opposite side. If the lighting has a common colour/material, then it will still feel cohesive. 

2. Framed art or memories

Inspiring art or special memories sitting pretty in frames will be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, so make sure you love them. 


3. Stack of your favourite books

Bedside stories aren't just for children. Keep a stack of your favourite reads on hand, they make ideal platforms to display trinket dishes. Play with varying height with your pieces; try clustering objects in trios to create an interesting vignette. 

4. Quench your early morning thirst

Wake up refreshed with a mug, glass, pitcher or carafe beside your bed. We're in love with our charming Torre Nightbottle & Glass - it makes the perfect bedside companions.


5. Bedside blooms

Fresh cut or potted, flowers add a touch of the outdoors and can even have health benefits when sleeping. You don’t need to go to the florist each week and invest in a big bunch, a simple single flower or cluster of foliage foraged from your garden is just as beautiful. Stick to smaller vases or even a glass to hold flowers next to the bed - too tall and it may compete with a hanging light or dominate the bedside. 

6. Trinket dish for precious items

Keep your precious items close while you sleep. Little salt pinchers or decorative marble soap dishes make the perfect resting place for jewellery. 


You may not need all six bedside items beside you at once - figure out what's practical and what works best for you - then make it pretty! 

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Words & Styling Alice Lines & Sam van Kan

Photography Simon Wilson 

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