- Purchase appropriate sized lamps. I would say that the most common mistake is buying lamps that are too small. Do you need a good lamp source? I really like Uttermost.
- When you are laying in bed, your head should be BENEATH the rim of the shade; 36 inches or so is usually a good height.
- Your lamps should be a good proportion to your bed. So, king-sized beds require larger lamps than full size beds. They should also be a good proportion to your nightstand (which in turn should be a good proportion to the bed :).
- Find a beautiful alarm clock. The photo above would not be the same with a $15 digital alarm clock radio from Target. Williams Sonoma Home has some lovely contemporary ones. Timeworks has some great traditional ones. Keep your eye out at gift shops. They are not everywhere- but it is fun to have something to search for, right?
- Make covers for the books you have out. (In a nice paper- that coordinates with your room.) Necessary, no- this is just an idea. It gives the nightstand a clean uncluttered look. Books can be a great tool to make things the right height. I use them all the time. Imagine the nightstand in the photo above without the books. The flowers would be too small and too short. If the flowers were larger, the designer might have used two books instead of three. Books are very helpful. I like to keep nicely covered books as "tools" on the nightstand, and the actual books I am reading "in" the nightstand.
- Carefully select a couple of well-chosen accessories. Picture frames, a plant of some sort, a beautiful box. I am a big box fan, as they can also help to hold your hand cream, or whatever else you like to keep on your nightstand.
- Have your accessories at varying heights, again kept in good proportion to your lamp and table.
- Be careful to have it not too cluttered - keep it simple and clean.
There- I just gave you a Saturday project. Now take a before and after photo, and show us how you did your own "extreme nightstand makeover"!
Thanks to Veranda 2008 for the photo. Designer: Deborah T. Lipner