Who says your nightstands have to match? For symmetry and balance, a pair of nightstand on either bedside look uniform and put-together but sometimes you might only want one nightstand or two different bedside tables. Different bedsides, different styles? Maybe. Or perhaps you just can’t decide between two bedside tables. Create your own pair of nightstands! We’re going to show you how to pull off the mix and match nightstand look with confidence.
Combine Different Styles …
If you wound up with one nightstand or a couple that don’t match, that’s okay! Maybe you moved in with someone who has a different style than you or you found a great table at a flea market. We love mixing and matching styles, and nightstands in different styles, heights, and finishes can look really great together if you round out the rest of the room just right. Let’s look at night stands in opposing styles.
In the image above, one side has a traditional, shabby chic nightstand while the other has a very modern, glossy white table. It works because it’s been styled confidently with the rest of the room, and both are minimalist enough in style and neutral in color. The decor on the tables as well as the pair of wall sconce lights makes the tables feel and look like a pair. If you prefer an eclectic interior design look, mixing different nightstand styles is the route to go.
… Or Keep Them in the Same Style!
One of the easiest ways to make mismatched nightstand look cohesive is to keep them in the same style family. For instance, this farmhouse-industrial bedroom has different bedside tables — completely different pieces in different colors, heights, and designs. Maybe one has drawers and the other just has a shelf or nothing at all. But this works because both nightstands are in the farmhouse style. If you want to try this look but two contradictory styles isn’t for you, simply try different pieces in mid-century modern, traditional, farmhouse, or any style you’re drawn to.
Play with Different Table Heights
But not so much that the nightstands or tables aren’t functional for you. A slightly taller night stand on one side and a shorter table or garden stool at the bedside is eye-catching and different. You can use one for a bedside lamp that’s easier to reach and the other for reading materials, electronics, or anything else you might need at the ready.
The average mattress height is 25 inches, so plan on choosing a nightstand between 24 and 28 inches tall for your preferred side of the bed!
Coordinate by Color & Material
Again, to have your tables look uniform if that’s the vibe you want, pair the nightstands by finish or materials (or both). Two wood nightstands will look good together even if they’re totally different styles, designs, sizes, and wood tones. Having mismatched tables sharing one trait or a couple will be a perfect combination and look beautiful and stylish.
Balance with Decor
Make everything feel a little more harmonious and symmetrical with the right decor and accessories. You can use matching bedside lamps, mirrors, wall art, or sconces. If you don’t want matching decor, just keep everything balanced through similar attributes and heights. A taller table lamp on one side will look nice with a taller plant on the other.
Whether intentional or not, mismatched nightstands are a fun interior design statement that gives your bedroom some extra personality. Just remember to keep at least one of them functional for your needs with table lamps and space for necessities. Learn more about how to choose the right nightstand height and other essential features in our helpful guide. For even more room design ideas check out our gallery for endless inspiration.