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10 Bedside tables and how to style them

Bedside tables. Where to start! Unless you have vintage pieces in your bedroom already, the old style 3-drawer pine bedside chest of drawers will no longer do. And why should it after all? There is so much out there to satisfy all styles and budgets and here are our top 10 tables offering storage and style.

1/ The White Company - Pimlico Narrow Cube Nest of tables

This set of two cube storage side tables (£295) is versatile as well as looking modern and elegant in the White Company signature colour. Extra-sleek and elegant, it is slim-lined making it ideal for tight spaces. You can use it as shown with 3 shelves plus the top and you can stuck books and other bedside accessories either freely or in baskets. Alternatively, it can be separated.

At the back, there’s a gap so you can store all your wires together neatly. Finished in a soft-white paint, this fantastic nest of tables is easy to wipe clean and comes assembled. Perfect for those who love crisp white clean lines, Scandi or feminine look. Team it with the Symons Bed Linen Collection (from £55), the Blanc 2-Wick Candle (£35) and a Silver Photo Frame (£35), all from The White Company.

2/ West Elm - Hayworth

Evoking Hollywood Regency style, the Hayworth Bedside Table (£299) gets a modern update with its textured linen weave. Its bronze-finished trim dresses it up, making it a pretty addition next to any bed frame.

And how to style this beautiful side table? First of all you can use these rose gold frames (£29-£54) for small size art (use two vertically over the table); then add this Roar + Rabbit Crackle Glaze small ceramic table lamp (£149). A ring dish (£16) will come handy if you want to drop your jewellery in it at the end of the day. All from West Elm.

3/ West Elm - Audrey bedside table

With its geometric, textured drawer fronts and smooth lacquer finish, the retro-inspired Audrey Bedside Table (£399), also from West Elm, is dressed to impress. It comes with two roomy drawers for stashing books, electronics and more.

This beauty needs some art above it and the off white lacquer can work with white or brass/ gold effect frames. If you want to coordinate your art with your wall colour, try South Island Art.(below) whose owner Rowana is inspired by popular colours from designer paints Farrow & Ball and Little Greene.

4/ Swoon Editions - Scott in Mango and steel

Tapping into the current penchant for parquet, the Scott from Swoon Editions teams simple lines with small details, like its industrial looking hairpin legs, for a bedside table with contemporary character. It's got a mango wood frame, engineered back panel and drawer base and iron legs. Available from August in a limited edition of only 39.

We would use the Scott in a dark painted room (think Farrow & Ball Railings for proper industrial vibes ) and team it with a black and white lamp for added drama. Try this from Maison du Monde.

5/ Maison du Monde - Salome with gold detail

You won't be able to resist the charming SALOMÉ mango wood bedside cabinet. With its vintage look, delicate details and light wood that recalls Scandinavian trends, it's perfect as a bedside cabinet or a useful piece of furniture for your living room. With embellishment of fine golden brass rhombuses and its Nordic design with sloping feet, the Salome is truly stunning and at £163 it is a great value too.

6/ Sweetpea & Willow - Black & Brass

This sumptuous night stand from Sweetpea & Willow has a beautiful black and gold colour is a glorious piece of furniture. No château is complete without one of these beautiful night stands, a must have in any home. The lower glass shelf will come handy for books and magazines, while anything unsightly can be hidden inside the drawer. The black lacquer will make this a firm favourite with homeowners who like luxury and masculine look for the bedroom.

The Ferdinand table lamp will give your room a boutique hotel feel. To avoid scratching the lacquer, use the Gatsby tray and accessorize the room with the Kentia faux palm tree for a colonial effect.

7/ Liang & Eimil Roux - Taupe faux Leather via Houseology

Kelly Hoppen would be so proud if you chose this Liang & Eimil Roux Bedside Table (£559) in Taupe Faux Leather. An instant injection of boutique hotel luxury, this unique designer bedside table exudes delightful appeal. Offering a two-tone design, the table top and drawer then features a faux leather clad exterior for a welcome contrast.

Use this bedside table in your scheme if your bed is in dark wenge or a taupe fabric like this upholstered one. Team it with a wall light (hard wired) like the Chelsom 'Check In'. All from Houseology.

8/ Safavieh - Milton side table

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have seen the Milton side table (£191) make an appearance in the Seasons home in the last couple of months. It was received initially as a styling project and we loved it so much that we bought the second to pair them up. Safavieh makes beautiful furniture and this piece is heavy and feels very luxurious. With the second shelf you get extra storage too.

9/ Blu Dot - Swole side table

With its choice of powder coated white or copper plated finish, the organic form of the Swole Small Table (£329) provides a modern bedside table for minimalistic homes. Designed in Minnesota by Blu Dot, this tall table rests on a cantilevered base. Available through Heal's.

This is another table that we would pair with hard wired wall lights or (even better!) with open bulb suspension lights dropped very low, close to the table and on either side of the bed. Try the Freja pendant, also via Heal's.

10/ AMARA - Hay table in brass

So obviously, we did not put the tables in a specific order of preference. Otherwise, the Slit table by Hay (£135-399) in mirrored brass would have been toping our bedside lust list. Featuring a rounded table top, an eye catching folded styling has been crafted from powder coated steel and inspired by the delicacy of paper origami. And if brass is not your thing, it's also available in many different colours.



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