5 Tips And 28 Ideas To Mismatch Nightstands

5 tips and 28 ideas to mismatch nightstands cover

Matchy-matchy decor has been out of style for a long time, everyone is seeking for some ways to add a character to the room and make it more personal. Mismatching decor where it’s usually matching is one of such ways to effortlessly bring a unique feel to the room. Try mismatching nightstands for your bedroom and you’ll see how different and more eye-catchy it looks. Still, they should be mismatching to some extent and not completely but no worries – I’ve prepared some tips to stylishly mismatch your nightstands.

Consider Your Bed

Make sure you think about your bed’s style and shape. The last thing you want is for all three to be competing visually or not making any sense together. If your bed is more on the simple/neutral side then have more fun with the “loudness” of your nightstands. “What if I have a loud and unique bed?” Then maybe cool it a little and find nightstands that are special but on the visually quieter side if you catch my drift.

a beautiful cottage bedroom in creamy shades, with a vintage bed with neutral bedding, bold art, a mini table and a stained chest as nightstands

a beautiful cottage bedroom in creamy shades, with a vintage bed with neutral bedding, bold art, a mini table and a stained chest as nightstands

a beautiful neutral bedroom with an accented ceiling, a metal frame bed with neutral bedding, a stained and a painted nightstand

a beautiful neutral bedroom with an accented ceiling, a metal frame bed with neutral bedding, a stained and a painted nightstand

a bold and chic bedroom with dark stained beams, a navy upholstered bed, a woooden bench, a bright gallery wall , a white vanity and a stained table as nightstands

a bold and chic bedroom with dark stained beams, a navy upholstered bed, a woooden bench, a bright gallery wall , a white vanity and a stained table as nightstands

a bold bedroom with a metal bed, a round table and a dark-stained nightstand, an amber leather chair, woven blinds and table lamps

a bold bedroom with a metal bed, a round table and a dark-stained nightstand, an amber leather chair, woven blinds and table lamps

a bright and cheerful bedroom with a grey upholstered bed with printed bedding, a grey bench, a yellow dresser and a small stained table as nightstands

a bright and cheerful bedroom with a grey upholstered bed with printed bedding, a grey bench, a yellow dresser and a small stained table as nightstands

a catchy and pretty bedroom with a light-stained bed with geometric bedding, a navy nightstand with a potted plant and a small shabby chic nightstand with drawers for a catchy look

a catchy and pretty bedroom with a light-stained bed with geometric bedding, a navy nightstand with a potted plant and a small shabby chic nightstand with drawers for a catchy look

Vary Shapes But Find A Common Thread

If you want to try mismatched nightstands without veering too eclectic, consider playing with bedside tables of different shapes but that have a common thread that ties them together. Choosing two nightstands of the same material is a great option, and wood is an especially great material to play with for this approach. Just make sure you keep both in a similar finish or color family—so a pair of tables in either lighter wood or darker wood, rather than one of each. This helps keep your space looking polished and intentional!

a catchy modern bedroom with a colorful gallery wall, a navy upholstered bed, a hairpin leg bench, a stained and a white nightstand and brass touches

a catchy modern bedroom with a colorful gallery wall, a navy upholstered bed, a hairpin leg bench, a stained and a white nightstand and brass touches

a chic and refined bedroom with grey walls, a white bed, black mismatching nightstands - a dresser and a table

a chic and refined bedroom with grey walls, a white bed, black mismatching nightstands - a dresser and a table

a chic modern bedroom done in neutrals, with a dark stained framed bed, mismatching dressers as nightstands, a chic chair and neutral textiles

a chic modern bedroom done in neutrals, with a dark stained framed bed, mismatching dressers as nightstands, a chic chair and neutral textiles

a chic modern bedroom with blue grasscloth wallpaper, a brass frame bed, a white sculptural nightstand and a small side table

a chic modern bedroom with blue grasscloth wallpaper, a brass frame bed, a white sculptural nightstand and a small side table

a chic neutral bedroom with a bed with a woven headboard, a stained glass cabinet, a round black table and cool lamps

a chic neutral bedroom with a bed with a woven headboard, a stained glass cabinet, a round black table and cool lamps

Mix Up Materials

For something a bit more playful, you can also completely mix materials and shapes. Your space doesn’t have to be completely boho eclectic to achieve this look, either. You can keep it refined while still mixing different materials together.

a colorful bedroom with blue walls, a framed bed, bright bedding and blinds, a metal and an oriental cabinet, a chair and a silver pouf

a colorful bedroom with blue walls, a framed bed, bright bedding and blinds, a metal and an oriental cabinet, a chair and a silver pouf

a cool boho bedroom with a creamy bed, black and white pillows, an elegant glass table and a stained nightstand, potted plants and a blakc and white artwork

a cool boho bedroom with a creamy bed, black and white pillows, an elegant glass table and a stained nightstand, potted plants and a blakc and white artwork

a lovely rustic bedroom with wooden walls and a ceiling, a metal bed with bright bedding, modenr dressers as nightstands and a vintage lamp

a lovely rustic bedroom with wooden walls and a ceiling, a metal bed with bright bedding, modenr dressers as nightstands and a vintage lamp

a modern bright bedroom wiht a stained bed and a matching nightstand, a white table as another nightstand and a woven chair

a modern bright bedroom wiht a stained bed and a matching nightstand, a white table as another nightstand and a woven chair

a modern industrial bedroom with a faux brick wall, a grey upholstered bed, a round table and an inlay dresser, cool pendant lamps

a modern industrial bedroom with a faux brick wall, a grey upholstered bed, a round table and an inlay dresser, cool pendant lamps

Focus On Interesting Details

If you like a more eclectic look, consider mixing shapes, materials, and styles when choosing your two nightstands. Here, both nightstands are quite different—one being a more petite pedestal side table with a glam vibe, the other being a substantial chest with four drawers in a raffia finish, which has more of a coastal vibe. Both finishes bring something special to the space—the textural consideration of the raffia and the gilded finish and faceted edges of the pedestal table. These details make the stark differences between the two tables feel quite intentional.

a modern Scandi bedroom with a neutral upholstered bed, neutral bedding, a mini gallery wall, a side table with blooms and a chair with a lamp

a modern Scandi bedroom with a neutral upholstered bed, neutral bedding, a mini gallery wall, a side table with blooms and a chair with a lamp

a neutral and chic bedroom with white paneling, a black metal bed, a large statement rug, a floor lamp and a woven and a wooden nightstand

a neutral and chic bedroom with white paneling, a black metal bed, a large statement rug, a floor lamp and a woven and a wooden nightstand

a pretty modern bedroom with a wooden ceiling and beams, a grey upholstered bed with neutral bedding, mismatching sideboards as nightstands and a series of windows

a pretty modern bedroom with a wooden ceiling and beams, a grey upholstered bed with neutral bedding, mismatching sideboards as nightstands and a series of windows

a pretty small bedroom with a metal bed, a neutral printed rug, printed  bedding, a stool as a nightstand and a small table with greenery

a pretty small bedroom with a metal bed, a neutral printed rug, printed bedding, a stool as a nightstand and a small table with greenery

a refined bedroom with a black frame bed with neutral bedding, mismatching yet similar-looking dark stained nightstands, a black chest for storage and some artworks

a refined bedroom with a black frame bed with neutral bedding, mismatching yet similar-looking dark stained nightstands, a black chest for storage and some artworks

a refined vintage bedroom with a shabby chic wooden bed, neutrla bedding, a grey open storage nightstand and a shabby white table as a nightstand

a refined vintage bedroom with a shabby chic wooden bed, neutrla bedding, a grey open storage nightstand and a shabby white table as a nightstand

a serene white bedroom with paneling, a bed with a bench, a floating nightstand with a stool and a stained dresser as a nightstand

a serene white bedroom with paneling, a bed with a bench, a floating nightstand with a stool and a stained dresser as a nightstand

Use A Dresser As A Nightstand Alternative

If you don’t need a second nightstand, a dresser is a great alternative. Even if you go for a taller style, they lend themselves to storing surface items like a clock, vase of flowers, or books. But you do have to be conscious of balance when going this route. So, if your dresser is on the “heavier” side, consider “weighing down” the other side with bedside table decorations like a larger lamp, mirror, or sculptural object to make the space feel balanced. Other fun nightstand alternatives? Stools, chairs, or even a giant stack of books for the look of a second nightstand. What you choose simply depends on your style and how you want to use your nightstands.

a sophisticated bedroom with a creamy bed, a white stand and a black round table, chic white chairs and some art

a sophisticated bedroom with a creamy bed, a white stand and a black round table, chic white chairs and some art

a tiny boho bedroom with a stained bed, neutral bedding, a mini step with a lamp and a round side table as a nightstand

a tiny boho bedroom with a stained bed, neutral bedding, a mini step with a lamp and a round side table as a nightstand

a vintage-infused bedroom with a white bed and bedding, a table as a nightstand and a stained dresser that acts as a nightstand, too

a vintage-infused bedroom with a white bed and bedding, a table as a nightstand and a stained dresser that acts as a nightstand, too

an elegant modern bedroom with a black closet, a bed and a woven bench, a round tiered table and a stained nightstand

an elegant modern bedroom with a black closet, a bed and a woven bench, a round tiered table and a stained nightstand

an elegant vintage-inspired bedroom with a creamy bed with an extended headboard, a chic daybed, a vintage side table and a modern white nightstand

an elegant vintage-inspired bedroom with a creamy bed with an extended headboard, a chic daybed, a vintage side table and a modern white nightstand