The bedside table is likely one of the most commonly used, yet neglected, parts of the home. Along with serving as a place for our lamps, clocks and books, it can just as easily become a hotbed of scrap paper, bills, keys and all manner of clutter.
Well, at least that’s how it usually is for me. That’s why I’ve taken the step to declutter my nightstand and dress it beautifully, by means of a method called vignetting.
If the sight of your bedside table first thing in the morning makes you want to shut your eyes tight again and roll over, then read on, as I show you how to create a vignette.
So what is vignetting? It’s basically styling an empty space, in a practical way. A good vignette takes references from other key parts of the room, namely colours, and brings harmony to a space.
I started creating my vignette with the essentials that I knew I needed on my bedside table – my lamp, clock, and jewellery dish. The colour palette in my room is monochrome with beige and pastels pink and mint, with the occasional hint of copper. So I kept with this theme when styling my vignette.
Then I built upon that with things that I wanted on the table – hand cream and lip balm, magazines, and water.
To keep it aesthetically pleasing, but still practical, levels are key here. So I used the magazines as a platform for my clock and jewellery dish, and stood up my hand cream. The water pitcher also creates some nice height to frame the vignette.
The final touches
And the last step, decorative pieces! A candle (pumpkin spice scented – my room smells so freakin’ good right now!), flowers (billy buttons), and a framed print.
And that's it! An easy, step-by-step way to create a vignette, and a much more beautiful space, at that. Since my bedside table overhaul, the general sense of the room is so much more calm. I hope my tips and photos inspire you to do the same!
Where to find...
Jewellery dish from a local ceramist / Flower species: Billy Buttons