Other than the ceiling, one of the things we first see when we wake up is our bedside table. This is where we slam our alarm clock to make it shut up, where we place our phone so that we can check our social media notifications first thing in the morning, where we place our most used stuffs like some grooming items, books, and gadgets. Over time, this nook in our bedroom gets cluttered and it eventually needs a makeover. So how do we dress up our bedside table for a refreshing look? Here are some tips on how to decorate your bedside table.
Give it a good clean and plan right
The first step in any makeover is to start clean, so go ahead and start removing unnecessary stuffs on your bedside table. If the table doesn’t already look good, consider a serious upcycling project for the table. Brush it with a new paint or varnish in a colour that best complements the overall theme of your bedroom. Covering it up with a wallpaper might also do the trick.
Be practical and try using any table, chair, and even dresser to be your bedside table. See how it looks next to your bed. Consider its height and distance from you. Test it first by lying in bed and reaching over, deciding whether it is too high or too low, too wide or too narrow. If you do not feel comfortable with it, then it might not be the right table after all.
Hence, plan your makeover really well. Decide what vibe you want to rock in your bedroom. Colour choice is also important in order to create harmony in the space. You can go monochromatic for a chic look, natural or wooden for a rustic feel, or even pastel shades for added twist and energy. Consider your personal style and start gathering inspiration for your bedside table.
Check on the storage
It is vital to assess the storage capacity of your bedside table so that functionality is not compromised over aesthetic value. How many drawers are there? How large and deep is each drawer? You need to evaluate this because you have some personal items like your lip balm, ointments, tissues, and many others that you want to hide away in the table.
Have fun with the top
What you put on top of the table needs to be carefully considered since this is the most usable portion of the table and the first thing that people see. Putting in so much will be messy, and not putting anything is boring. So, what are the things you can safely and playfully place atop your bedside table?
A lamp is one of the most important items to be on your table. You need that for reading a book, using your phone, and other activities that require light. You can go traditional with a metallic or ceramic look or go funky with a wooden design. How large the shade is will also depend on the span of the working surface.
Flowers are also a good addition on your bedside table. It softens the room, giving a refreshing natural calm in your space. You can go with colourful petals like tulips and daffodils for a bright and vibrant look. If you want a minimalistic but elegant look, white roses and daisies in the same hue will be perfect.
If this feels too feminine for you, you can also use actual plants, like the entire plants instead of cuttings. Thyme, parsley and peppermint are unconventional choices, but they also do the job pretty well. Put your flowers or plants in matching vases or pots. Choose a design that enables the containers to stand on their own even if you don’t place flowers in them.
A small tray or basket is another practical yet lovely stuff to place on your bedside table. Instead of stowing to the drawers the items you most commonly use like the AC remote, chargers, and gadgets, you can simply rest them on the tray. Hand-made and woven baskets made from wooden materials will be excellent for any design of bedside table. Plastic and metallic trays are also fine, but just make sure they blend well in your room’s general look.
Other items which you can place on your beside table are your alarm clock, framed pictures, a few books, or scented candles. It is actually up to you what things you place there. Just make sure they will not overcrowd the table surface and you do not miss out the most essential ones.
Do not limit the decorating process on top of the table and take the décor up to the wall. You may hang a beautiful print on the wall directly above the table. You can also hang a cute pendant or wall light to give more emphasis on the bedside area. Accessorising this way can give more balance on your space.