Simple and Stylish Nightstand Decor Ideas

A nightstand is a great place to add a little bit of style to your bedroom. Whether you want it to be the focal point of the room or just a subtle accent, there are plenty of creative nightstand decor ideas that can help you achieve this look. Decorating doesn’t have to be difficult. Just embrace the motto “less is more” and you’ll find that styling areas of your home become so much easier! So let’s take a look at some fun ways to spruce up your nightstand.


One of the most popular types of lighting for nightstands is table lamps. Table lamps come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect lamp that matches your style and aesthetic. For our bedroom, I ended up going with a concrete look lamp which added a subtle texture while keeping with the neutral vibes of our bedroom. You can see it in the photo above. For our guest bedroom, we went with white lamps to create a light and airy feel.

Table lamps provide just enough light for nighttime reading without creating too much glare. They also add height to your nightstand. Depending on your bed placement, you might have nightstands on each side of your bed. If so, it’s a good idea to use matching lamps. This will add balance and symmetry to the room.

Another option is wall-mounted lights. This type of lighting works well if you have limited space on your nightstand or if you don’t have a nightstand at all. But if you don’t have a nightstand, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. Wall-mounted lights can provide enough light to read without taking up valuable space on your nightstand, leaving more room for additional decor items. Wall-mounted lights come in many different styles, so you can find one that fits perfectly with the rest of your bedroom decor.

Decorative Books

This is one of my favorite nightstand decor ideas. Using decorative books is a great way to add visual interest and dimension to your nightstand. One of the main reasons why people love decorating with books is because it gives them more control over how their space looks without breaking their budget. Getting creative with stacking books either horizontally or vertically and arranging them in different sizes will add personality to your pace. These books will also be beneficial to keep guests entertained or good nighttime reading for yourself.


When it comes to decorating with accessories, one of the most important things you can do is decide on a color palette that works for you. This will help ensure that all of the items you choose go together and match the overall style of your room. Don’t be afraid to mix different shades in your color palette for added interest. Just make sure they all work together nicely!

For the nightstand in our guestroom, we went with a neutral color palette and included a fun sculpture to add some interest, as you can see below.

I like to choose accessories that are more neutral in color but offer different textures and designs. Using different finishes such as brass, marble, and black objects will also allow for a different look while keeping with neutral aesthetics and even adding a pop of contrast. A few accessories to consider would be decorative candles, vases, and small sculptures.


Obviously, if you can do live flowers or greenery, that would be a great addition to a nightstand, but without tons of natural light, this is a little hard. It can also involve a little work and money. If you don’t have enough light for live plants, you can use vases with artificial flowers or foliage instead. Choose colors that complement the other colors in your room. The beauty of this option is that you don’t have to worry about watering or maintaining them! Plus, if you decide later on that you want something different, all you need to do is switch out the vase and flowers for something new. If you have limited space on your nightstand, you can place it on top of a book for a stacked look.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes I think I sound like a broken record, but always remember to keep it simple! When it comes to design, less is more. And this is especially true when you are styling a small area like a nightstand. The last thing you want is a cluttered-looking nightstand for a couple of reasons. Clutter never looks good, and the more items you have on your nightstand, the more likely you will knock something off as your racing to turn on the lamp.

I hope you found these nightstand decor ideas helpful!

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