How to Decorate your Nightstand

My goal as a blogger and designer is to bring peace and beauty into your home. I want to help inspire people to be better versions of themselves and I don’t think that is possible when the space you live in does not reflect how you want your life to be. So my hope is to bring to you blog posts that can inspire you to change your space and give you inspiration. Welcome to my first “How to Decorate” blog post!

How to decorate you nightstand.  Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Decorate with lamps, faux plants, books and more!

Today I am sharing with you some ideas on how to decorate your nightstands and give that small space in your bedroom some beauty and organization.

1-DECLUTTER

As you know, I am obsessed with decluttering so of course this is the first thing I am going to tell you to do. GET RID of things you don’t actually need on top of your nightstand.  Your room should be your oasis so having a super busy and cluttered nightstand is not going to make going to bed peaceful.

2-Keep the Necessities

Once you have decluttered, keep only what you use DAILY on top of your nightstand.  So for me that is a book, chap-stick, hand lotion, a lamp and my sound machine. Put the rest of the items in your drawer, in a basket under your nightstand or find a better home for them.

3- Organize the necessities

For those small items like chapstick and hand lotion, I use a decorative jar or vase to keep them in.  That way I still have easy access but it looks pretty 🙂

Some items you can’t hide in a jar like my sound machine. So finding an organized way to display items like a sound machine is key.

(PS: My sound machine is a MUST (I’m a light sleeper) so I bought this super cute portable sound machine.  It is pretty and functional, I highly recommend it!)

I’m sure most of us always have a book we are reading so use your book as decor!

4-Hide the cables

Most of us probably charge our phones on our nights… I know it’s not “good” to do that but I haven’t quit that bad habit yet so here is my advice on how to hide the cables.  Depending on your nightstand you can use command strips to hold your cable in place on the side of your nightstand so you don’t have to reach for it every night.

Some nightstands have an open back which is a great spot for you to string that cable through. Another option would be to drill a small hole or use the cable pass in the back of the night stand so that your charging cable can be strung through and be more accessible.  You can use this to create a charging station.

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How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick!  Clear the cable clutter with these amazon items!

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This is what I did:

How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick!
How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick!
VERY easy and simple!
5-Accessorize

Time for my favorite part, adding some bling to the mix.  I like to add faux plants or sculpture type pieces to nightstands to give the small space a finished look.  Like I said before, going to bed is supposed to be peaceful so pick decor based on what gives you that feeling.

How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick!

Lamps serve two purposes, to give us light and to add beauty to a space! Make sure you have a lamp that is practical and expresses your style.

If you have a nightstand that doesn’t have drawers, place a basket underneath your nightstand.  Baskets are the perfect way to add function and beauty to the small space.

How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick!

How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Decorate with lamps, faux plants, books and more!
This is my nightstand
How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Decorate with lamps, faux plants, books and more!
This is my husband’s nightstand

I not only like to give you ideas on how to decorate but I know that certain areas of your home can’t just be pretty, they need to be functional too. So I put together this list of Practical & Pretty Alarm Clocks:

How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick! Practical and pretty alarm clocks for your nightstand!

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A few more tips:
  1. If you are a person that has A LOT of stuff in their nightstand, then I recommend you purchase night stands with lots of drawers!  
  2. Decor that is too large for your nightstand might look pretty, but definitely won’t be functional so keep that in mind.
  3. Sconce lighting is a fun idea if you do not have room for a lamp on your nightstand.  There are a lot of sconces now that are plugin and not hardwired. I LOVE this idea and have recommended it to my clients.
  4. Switch up the hardware on your nightstand to give the stand a new look. I did that with my nightstands 🙂
  5. You could try adding more books to create a colorful display of books or a vase with fresh flowers if you are so lucky to have some fresh flowers.
  6. Adding a picture frame of you and a loved one is always a great idea to remind you to be grateful.

I hope this was helpful and inspired you to make your nightstand pretty! Stay tuned for more HOW TOs!

How to decorate you nightstand. Emily gives you 5 steps to a beautifully organized nightstand. Hide your cable clutter with this trick!

20 thoughts on “How to Decorate your Nightstand”

  1. If you’re not blessed with traditionally farmhouse style architecture, gravitate toward rustic wood pieces you can incorporate, like big tables, chairs, and even smaller accessories.

    1. LiliesandLife

      Thank you for the suggestion! I just might have to work that into my How to Decorate series!

    1. LiliesandLife

      Tangela, I actually got those lamps at HomeGoods a little while ago. Target may have a few similar options!

  2. My nightstand looks boring and plain and I wanted to do something about it. Thanks for sharing this. Now, I can finally spice it up.

  3. The link to the first nightstand you shared that’s from wayfair isn’t working. It just sends you to all the nightstands at wayfair. Can you tell me the exact name of that nightstand so I can find it?

  4. I like faux plants, but why not put some live plants on your nightstand? Not only do they decorate the room, but also purify the air. Clean, fresh air is essential for our health.

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I’m an Interior designer, decorator and blogger.  I help overwhelmed homeowners and DIYers bring timeless design and function into their home so they can love their space and the life they are building within it!  Thank you for visiting 🙂

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