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4 Simple Nightstand Decor Ideas

4 rules for nightstand decor to keep it pretty, functional, and clutter-free plus 4 nightstand decor ideas for all styles.

I hope y’all are liking these Simplified Decorating posts because I’m having a blast with them over here.

It’s so fun to decorate. But sometimes I think it’s so important to focus on why you decorate.

To analyze how you and your family function and not just make your home “pretty” but make it really work for you.

And there’s just something about waking up to a clean, well-functioning nightstand in the morning or going to bed beside one every night to help you feel a little less stressed before and after a long day.

Nightstand Decor | 4 rules for nightstand decor to keep it pretty, functional, and clutter-free plus 4 nightstand decor ideas for all styles.

Our surroundings matter.

If I have lots of pretty decor accents on my nightstand, but they’re not serving me, it’s just clutter. In the past, I found that to be so true, and it gave me constant anxiety without me even realizing it.

So now I have a few decorating rules that I swear by to make bedrooms peaceful in so many ways.

The items on our nightstands have to tick one of four boxes:

  1. Light
  2. Storage/Function
  3. Nature
  4. Well-Being

Always trying to keep it at 5 items or less.

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Master Bedroom Nightstand Decor

Seriously, that’s it. If it doesn’t end up in one of those four categories, if it doesn’t improve my personal well-being or my day-to-day functioning, it doesn’t deserve a spot on my nightstand.

On Robert’s Nightstand:

  1. Light – sconce
  2. Storage/Function – clock
  3. Nature – air freshening plant
  4. Well-Being – good smelling candle, sentimental photo

Master Bedroom Nightstand Decor

On My Nightstand:

  1. Light – sconce
  2. Storage/Function – a small bowl for holding earrings/rings, a holder for my glasses
  3. Nature – oxygen promoting plant
  4. Well-Being – sentimental photo frame

Guest Bedroom Nightstand Decor

On Our 2 Guest Room Nightstands:

  1. Light – task lamps
  2. Storage/Function – trinket bowl, clock
  3. Nature – vase of flowers
  4. Well-Being – peaceful art in a thrifted frame, our favorite books we recommend to friends, a good smelling candle

Guest Bedroom

Just for fun, I played around with a few different nightstand combinations.

Which one is your fave?

1.

Nightstand Decor Ideas | 4 rules for nightstand decor to keep it pretty, functional, and clutter-free plus 4 nightstand decor ideas for all styles.

Nightstand | Basket | Plant | Clock | Lamp | Art

2.

Nightstand Decor Ideas | 4 rules for nightstand decor to keep it pretty, functional, and clutter-free plus 4 nightstand decor ideas for all styles.

Nightstand | Lamp | Mirror | Plant | Trinket Dish

 

3.

Nightstand Decor Ideas | 4 rules for nightstand decor to keep it pretty, functional, and clutter-free plus 4 nightstand decor ideas for all styles.

Nightstand | Lamp | Art | Plant | Trinket Bowl

 

4.

Nightstand Decor Ideas | 4 rules for nightstand decor to keep it pretty, functional, and clutter-free plus 4 nightstand decor ideas for all styles.

Nightstand | Sconce Lamp | Art | Clock | Plant

Do you have any nightstand must-have items? Or your own decorating rule to keep the “pretty” in check so that it serves you and your family well?

If you want more Simplified Decorating tips from the series, you can find a bunch more here:

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10 Comments

  1. I love the idea of a trinket bowl, especially for my airbnb guests 😀 A friend had one when I stayed over and I didn’t note the convenience of it.

  2. # 1 is my favorite, I love that one for sure, and I really like the tips you gave us for what to keep to have it simple. Thanks. I think your home is so beautiful!!

  3. Imi plac culorile deschise, pastelurile, este minunata acuarela, si iubesc abajurul!
    Aleg nr.1 . Deci prima prezentare!
    Imbratisari, Mia

  4. # 1 FOR SURE! I’M SO COUNTRY SO … OF COURSE THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE NIGHT STAND WITH ALL THE SOFT, WHITE TOUCHES ARE MY FAVE!

  5. These are all so pretty and I know having less means less stress, but I’m curious Lauren, where do you recharge your phones? And where do your guests recharge their electronic? I’m a guardian for my nephew and am on call 24/7 and need to have my phone near me at all times. That means, for me, my phone recharges nightly on my nightstand.

    1. You could easily add a charger on your nightstands if you need to. These are just starting points of ideas but I always want you to do what works best for you! 🙂

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