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How to Style Nightstands and Mantels

November 19, 2015

If you’re someone who can hardly find your nightstand under the pile of books, stray coins, crumpled receipts and electronics chargers, this post is for you.

Or, if you’re someone who loves your fireplace mantel every holiday season when it provides the perfect place to hang your Christmas stockings but struggle to incorporate it into your decorating scheme otherwise, this post is also for you.

Today, we’re tackling two spaces that often go undecorated, but can make a huge difference in the feel and design appeal of your home: the nightstand and the mantel.

3 Tips for Styling Your Nightstand

Almost everyone has a nightstand, but it’s more often used as a storage space than a décor opportunity. Here are three tips to take your nightstand’s style to the next level:

Use those books as a pedestal

If you enjoy reading in bed and tend to keep a stack of books on your nightstand, you can easily transform that clutter into a way to add height to your design and style nightstands. Top off your stack with a small lamp, picture frame or miniature orchid.

Decorate in odd numbers

Odd-numbered groupings of items tend to instill a more balanced feel for your space, so avoid the urge to put a decorative element in each corner. Instead, incorporate vertical and horizontal items to create a harmonized style.

Add a pop of color

Bring out the colors in your bedspread or throw pillows by adding a pop of color to your nightstand. A brightly colored plant like an orchid can be a great way to liven up your space and add some elegant height to your arrangement.

Remember, even the practical necessities of your nightstand can be decorative. You can use a colorful coaster for your nightly glass of water or a pretty tray to house your cellphone and charger.

3 Tips for Styling Your Mantel

Mantels are often the default focal point of a room, so it’s important to take advantage of the added decorating space they provide. Here are three tips to incorporate your personal style into your mantel’s design.

Get creative with the space above

While decorating the actual shelf of your mantel is important, the blank wall space above can be a perfect spot to hang a statement piece of art, a large mirror or a gallery collection of your favorite framed photos.

Don’t be afraid to go off-center

Styling a mantel is all about balance, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t place a bigger item off center and balance it with a few smaller items to the side. For instance, if you want the tall, elegant arch of your potted orchid to be the focal point, consider placing it left or right of center and incorporating some small votive vases or candles to balance the appearance.

Play with heights

Using items of varying heights helps add visual appeal to your mantle, so try to find a combination that suits you. Try an arrangement by scale or pair small and large items together in clusters.

Your home’s nightstand and your living room mantel represent highly personal spaces where you spend a lot of your time. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to take advantage of the blank decorating canvas they can provide. Instead, think of them both as the perfect place to express your personal style.

Download our guide and learn how to decorate with mini orchids