How to Mismatch Nightstands
January 23, 2014
A local friend is sprucing up her bedroom and the husband and wife have no nightstands. They’re going back and forth on a pair of nightstands for the bed, he wants storage for his reading material, she wants something pretty and leggy and I was sharing with them that it’s possible to have different bedside tables because nightstands need not match.
There are other reasons for this design dilemma, sometimes a master bedroom doesn’t have the space for a matching set, or the preferences for the purpose to be served are different. Sometimes the room is simply in transition and the couple is temporarily working with what they’ve got while they shop for an ideal solution. In case you’re dealing with the same issue, I’ve rounded up a few ideas for my friend (and for you!)
Partner Similar Styles. A good strategy is to combine bedside tables that relate to each other in some way. Take a cue from the style of the space (traditional, elegant, cottage, etc.) and pair pieces that coordinate based on that style. Another option is to choose pieces from the same manufacturer or line of furniture and simply opt for different shapes.
Similar Size. A pair of nightstands or dressers that are different styles but share the same height and visual weight can be a successful combination and one that serves the preferences of whomever sleeps on that side.
Coordinate by Color. This is the same technique we used in our own bedroom. Blend two different pieces that share the same painted or stained finish, even if they are different sizes or shapes.
Balance with Accessories. Introduce symmetry by pairing the same or similar artwork, mirrors, lamps, and linens on the bed to downplay the differences between the nightstands.
Do Your Own Thing. There are no rules that state your bedside tables should or shouldn’t match. Anything goes so do what feels right for you and your lifestyle- these bedrooms do just that!
What’s the solution you’ve chosen for your master bedroom? Do your nightstands match or have you gone the mismatched route? Got a picture? Feel free to link to it!
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