Nightstands are quite the necessity in any bedroom. Not only do they provide a place for your lighting, but they also provide a place to set your book, drink of choice (I have been known to bring a book AND a glass of wine back to my bed), and an alarm clock and / or your phone, amongst other things. Granted, the nightstand is a highly functional piece of furniture that can keep your bedroom organized, but your nightstands should also have style.
Here are a few solutions we have provided for our clients who wanted both style and function that will work for you too:
A decorative tray on your nightstand will add to the overall style as well as organize the items on display. You can add a colorful tray to add decorative interest, or a clear acrylic tray if you do not want to interrupt the line of sight. Mirrored trays are another beautiful way to add style. I have a mirrored tray on my nightstand – it reflects the accessories and my lighting beautifully. (My husband, on the other hand, has a tray that is roughly the same shape and size as mine, but it is not mirrored, because his nightstand collects more
junk stuff that is not quite “display worthy”. KnowWhatIMean?!) However, I would not suggest putting a mirrored tray on a mirrored nightstand such as the nightstand below or your space will start looking like a – literal – house of mirrors!
If your room is large enough, your nightstands can add quite a bit of storage, as in the example below, while also adding some beautiful decorative details. This is a small chest of drawers that allows our clients extra room for hiding their books, magazines, television remote control, and any other items they want close at hand, but not on display. We also drilled a hole in the back of the top drawer and ran a surge protector to the outlet, so they actually have a “built in” charging station too. Bonus!
In this master bedroom, our client wanted a place where she could sit and journal or write notes (there is hope that the art of letter writing has not completely been eliminated by email!). So this nightstand has a completely “open” space below the top drawer, where a small bench can slide – providing a small writing desk without occupying any additional space in the bedroom. She can store her journal, note cards and pens out of sight in the drawer, and any other functional items can be placed in the storage box resting on the top of the nightstand.
Many older homes were not designed for today’s king size bed, as with this client in a beautiful, but older Dallas home. So in order to not take up all the floor space, we purchased narrow nightstands to flank the bed for function, but instead of eating up the space on top with a table lamp, we hung chandeliers above so there was still a light source next to the bed. This design does not have to be applied only when space is limited, as it is a beautiful solution over even large nightstands, you just have to adjust the size of the chandelier accordingly.
As you can see, beauty and function can very easily co-exist! Our goal at Michelle Lynne Interiors Group is to make homes “happier and more efficient”…and these nightstands with style are just an example of how we provide solutions for our clients. If you can use a hand, or know somebody who can benefit from a well organized and beautiful home, give us a call, we have a variety of service levels to accommodate most design needs! 972-248-4733