January 8th, 2021

The bedside is the perfect place to style your most loved objects, and plays an essential role in creating a beautiful sleep haven, where you can relax and restore your senses.
The bedside is one of the first things you see when you walk into the bedroom, so creating a bedside that is curated and in-line with your overall decor style, balancing both form and function, is crucial for the bedrooms overall ambience. 
Today we share our fool-proof Bedside Styling Formula so you can discover how to create beautiful bedsides from scratch. For inspiration, we are sharing 3 of our favourite bedside looks and essential design principles that are guaranteed to help you to transform your bedroom into the sleep sanctuary of your dreams.   

Bedside Styling Formula: 

1. Pick your Decor Style and Colour Palette // + 2. Select your Bedside // + 3. Choose your Light Source // + 4. Accessorise (Lustre; Living; Loved) //
+ 5. Styling (Grouping in Pairs; Rule of 3; Layering Heights & Textures).

For most of us, deciding on a decor style or colour palette is the simplest step as it is often pre-determined by your homes existing interior style. If you are currently re-decorating or just starting your home styling journey, you can explore our Style Resource Guide or take our Interior Style Personality Quiz  to discover your unique style. When selecting your bedsides, make sure they are at-least the height of your mattress and keep functionality in mind when deciding on your preferred storage options, so you can hide away any clutter or knick-knacks such as journals, reading glasses, eye-mask or phone chargers. Lighting is the statement piece that informs your chosen accessories. Placing your light source in the centre gives it scale and height,  whereas placing it off-centre allows you to experiment with the form and function of your accessories. 

When selecting your accessories, be sure to include something loved, something with lustre and something living. Adding something loved brings a personal touch and includes books, family heirlooms, photo frames, luxury fragrances, artwork or jewellery boxes. Next, adding something living such as an unstructured flower arrangement,  simple fresh foliage or a succulent can both soften and refresh the room with living energy.  Lustre is often what makes a design truly shine, and adding subtle shimmer through a reflective mirrored tray, pewter frame, crystal decanter or mouth-blown vase can bring a sense of glamour and charm that would otherwise be missed.

Finally, experiment styling with some simple design rules, such as 'Grouping in Pairs', 'the Rule of Three', and Layering. When grouping in pairs, such as a pair of photo frames, or a tall vase and candle, stagger the smaller object slightly forward to create depth. When using the rule of three, experiment with grouping similar objects in varying heights to create a triangular shape, such as three photo frames in different shapes or sizes. You can also try grouping different objects together to create a beautiful vignette that creates visual interest. Another way to create interest is through layering different heights and textures such as placing a standing decorative piece on top of a horizontal stack of books.  When using photo or picture frames, be mindful that the images in the frame compliment the colour of your decor so they blend rather than dominate the look.

Bonus Tips: 
Make sure to include some negative/white space & keep functionality and practicality in mind to make your night-time routine more enjoyable. Different design styles will often have different uses of space – for example, an Urban Industrial design will have far more negative space due to it's minimalistic design compared to a lived-in, Relaxed Country design. 

Hamptons Style is natural, elegant, considered and welcoming.
The colour palette includes shades of white and blue, dark or white painted timbers & silver/nickel accents.  In this look we choose a white painted bedside, but a black painted or natural timber bedside is also fitting. This look is streamlined, so having hidden storage ensures that you can hide away any clutter to maintain a clean look. Lighting options include table Lamps or Wall Sconces in bronze, nickel, brass and glass. For accessories, mirrored objects, crystal vases, picture frames & elegant trays provide lustre. For something loved, consider your favourite ceramic, a sumptuous throw, candle or natural collected element of coral, shells or driftwood. Complete the look add a living touch with unstructured floral arrangements of hydrangeas and gardenias.

SHOP THE LOOK
Brighton Bedside Table | White | Solid Timber and MDF - Suzie Anderson Home
Brighton Bedside Table | White | Solid Timber and MDF - Suzie Anderson Home
Brighton Bedside Table | White | Solid Timber and MDF - Suzie Anderson Home

Brighton Bedside Table | White

$450.00
Glory Crystal Glass Vase - Suzie Anderson Home
Glory Crystal Glass Vase - Suzie Anderson Home

Glory Crystal Glass Vase

$60.00
English 5R V&A Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home
English 5R V&A Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home
English 5R V&A Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home

English 5R V&A Photo Frame

$170.00
Blend Candle | Palo Santo - Suzie Anderson Home
Blend Candle | Palo Santo - Suzie Anderson Home
Blend Candle | Palo Santo - Suzie Anderson Home
Blend Candle | Palo Santo - Suzie Anderson Home

Blend Candle | Palo Santo

$24.95
Swanston Table Lamp - Suzie Anderson Home
Swanston Table Lamp - Suzie Anderson Home

Swanston Table Lamp

$179.00
SHOP THE LOOK

Items Pictured:
Brighton White Bedside Table C&A Homewares; 
Aromatherapy co. Palo Santo Blend Candle
; Royal Selangor English 5R V&A Pewter Photo Frame
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Urban Lighting Swanston Table Lamp
; Florabelle Artificial Hygrandea Water | 49cm White
; Florabelle Glory Crystal Glass Vase
; New Direction Imports Round Marble Tray | Small
; Hermès Avalon III throw blanket





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Relaxed Country interiors feel warm, relaxed and inviting, with a mix of modern and timeworn pieces and decorative objects. The colour palette includes chalky whites, soft greys, rattan, natural timbers, green and muted reds. In this look, we choose a Bedside made from recycled pallets and pine wood, however a chalky repurposed painted bedside would also fit this style. For Lighting, consider an oversized table lamp or pendant made of rattan, cane, metal, bronze or wicker. For accessories, a simple glass vase, photo frame & glazed ceramic create lustre. For something loved, we recommend rattan baskets or trays to  a hold hand quilted throw, old leather books or meaningful decorative pieces. To brighten the look, include a fresh and colourful unstructured hand picked flowers from the garden.

SHOP THE LOOK
Southampton Bedside Table | Natural - Suzie Anderson Home
Southampton Bedside Table | Natural - Suzie Anderson Home

Southampton Bedside Table | Natural

$470.00
Pillow Perfume | Linen Flower - Suzie Anderson Home
Pillow Perfume | Linen Flower - Suzie Anderson Home

Pillow Perfume | Linen Flower

$46.00
Decorative Horse Head - Suzie Anderson Home
Decorative Horse Head - Suzie Anderson Home

Decorative Horse Head

$47.50
White Spike Bowl - Suzie Anderson Home
White Spike Bowl - Suzie Anderson Home
White Spike Bowl - Suzie Anderson Home

White Spike Bowl

$33.75
English 5R V&A Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home
English 5R V&A Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home
English 5R V&A Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home

English 5R V&A Photo Frame

$170.00
SHOP THE LOOK

Items shown:

One World Southampton Bedside Table | Natural; Royal Selangor English 5R V&A Pewter Photo Frame; 
Summer Courtyard Photographic Print by Warranbrooke; 
Durance Pillow Perfume | Linen Flower
; Florabelle White Spike Bowl | Small
; Dandoleni Stirrup Table Lamp Base & Shade | Bronze Finish;
 French Country Vienna Coffee Mug; 
White Heather Square Rattan Coasters | Set of 6 | Antique
; Florabelle 30cm Faux Peony with Glass Vase; 
White Heather Baby Rattan Tray | Antique
; C & A Homewares Horse Head
; The "Book of Secrets" | Antique brown leather






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Urban Industrial style is  uncluttered with a preference for  a minimalistic look that is fundamentally functional and stylish. This style is a really a great example of form meeting function. The colour palette includes shades of greys, deep greens, navy and white complimented by black painted or stripped, unfinished woods and timbers. In this look, we selected a black-painted timber bedside, but for a more rustic look, consider a recycled timber and iron nightstand.
Lighting options for bedsides include finishes of  brass, zinc, rusty metal and iron in adjustable  standard lamps, or tilting desk lamps. Using recycled elements repurposed into lamps is also a fabulous design inclusion for bedsides.
For accessories, a tinted glass candleholder or vintage trophy creates lustre. For something loved, select a 1-2 sentimental objects such as a thick wool throw, mantel clock or black & white photograph in leather or pewter frames. Complete the look with structured plants such as simple boxwood or succulent or magnolia leaves to soften and add living energy to the more utilitarian look.

SHOP THE LOOK
Southampton Bedside Table Large - Black - Suzie Anderson Home
Southampton Bedside Table Large - Black - Suzie Anderson Home
Southampton Bedside Table Large - Black - Suzie Anderson Home

Southampton Bedside Cabinet | Black | Large

$995.00
Black Glass Base Candleholder - 30cm - Suzie Anderson Home
Black Glass Base Candleholder - 30cm - Suzie Anderson Home

Black Glass Candleholder | 30cm

$149.95
Echeveria Green | 10cm - Suzie Anderson Home
Echeveria Green | 10cm - Suzie Anderson Home

Echeveria Green | 10cm

$13.40
Newcastle Table Lamp - Suzie Anderson Home
Newcastle Table Lamp - Suzie Anderson Home

Newcastle Table Lamp | Antique Silver

$346.00
Pure Cotton Rib Throws - Suzie Anderson Home
Pure Cotton Rib Throws - Suzie Anderson Home

Bemboka Pure Cotton Rib Throws

$362.50
SHOP THE LOOK

Items shown:

One World Southampton Bedside Cabinet | Black; 
Bemboka Pure Cotton Rib Throw | Marl Ink; 
Francalia Black Glass Candleholder | 30cm; 
Florabelle Faux Hamptons Boxwood Ball; 
PS Home & Living Charlotte Silent Mantel Clock | Grey
; Emac & Lawton Newcastle Table Lamp | Antique Silver



Lighting changes how we see a space and how we feel when we are in that space.

There are 4 main lighting styles; Accent Lighting, Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting and Mood Lighting.

Begin building your lighting foundation with Ambient lighting, which is fundamental to a properly lit room and provides the overall illumination through lighting fixtures such as Chandeliers, Ceiling Pendants and down lights and it can also include natural light from windows or skylights. 

Task Lighting includes stationary & adjustable Table and Floor Lamps and makes a nice addition to the ambient lighting for the purpose of reading, writing or working. Task Lighting in the form of Table Lamps also serves to frame the bedsides and provide a streamlined, symmetrical look. It is also a lovely way to add a middle level layer of lighting to a room to add to a more welcoming environment.

Next is Accent lighting, which creates visual interest in a room. Use accent lights such as wall sconces  to frame the focal point of your bedroom, such as wall art, a bedroom vanity, reading corner or other architectural features. 

 Lastly, Mood Lighting is where you can get creative with pretty tea-light candles, dinner candles, hurricane lamps or decorative lights that function both as decorative objects and provide soft illumination. 

ACCENT LIGHTING

Worcester Wall Sconce | Antique Silver - Suzie Anderson Home
Worcester Wall Sconce | Antique Silver - Suzie Anderson Home

Worcester Wall Sconce

$649.00

AMBIENT LIGHTING

Empire Style Chandelier - Suzie Anderson Home
Empire Style Chandelier - Suzie Anderson Home

Empire Style Chandelier

$1,969.00

TASK LIGHTING

Swanston Table Lamp - Suzie Anderson Home
Swanston Table Lamp - Suzie Anderson Home

Swanston Table Lamp

$179.00

MOOD LIGHTING

Estevez Hurricane Lamp | Nickel - Suzie Anderson Home
Estevez Hurricane Lamp | Nickel - Suzie Anderson Home
Estevez Hurricane Lamp | Nickel - Suzie Anderson Home

Estevez Hurricane Lamp | Nickel

$182.50

Lustre is often what makes a design truly shine... adding a subtle bit of glam through a reflective mirror, shimmer or pewter can bring a sense of glamour and charm that would otherwise be missed. Lustre and lighting often work in sync, as lustre is the state or quality of shining by reflecting light. This could be by pairing a tea light in a silver or gold candleholder, placing decorative objects or candles on top of a reflective mirrored surface, or adding in decorative items that showcase as sheen, gloss or radiance such as crystal. 

CANDLEHOLDERS

Clovelly Triple Lantern
Clovelly Triple Lantern
Clovelly Triple Lantern
Clovelly Triple Lantern

Clovelly Triple Lantern

$880.00

TRAYS

Square Tray Hammer Beaten | Antique Silver Finish - Suzie Anderson Home
Square Tray Hammer Beaten | Antique Silver Finish - Suzie Anderson Home

Square Tray Hammer Beaten | Antique Silver Finish

$172.50

PHOTO FRAMES

Lucia Gold Palm Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home
Lucia Gold Palm Photo Frame - Suzie Anderson Home

Lucia Gold Palm Photo Frame

$33.25

CRYSTAL

Bedside Carafe & Tumbler | Clear Frill - Suzie Anderson Home
Bedside Carafe & Tumbler | Clear Frill - Suzie Anderson Home
Bedside Carafe & Tumbler | Clear Frill - Suzie Anderson Home

Bedside Carafe & Tumbler | Clear Frill

$198.00

Green, Living & Lush... Plants, Foliage and Flowers can simultaneously soften and elevate a space. Create a fresh, tropical look with some Palm Leaves, a more refined look with White Orchids or Roses, an Industrial look with a Fiddle Leaf Fig or Potted Boxwood. For a Relaxed Country look, hand-pick some fresh foliage or colourful flowers to brighten the space.

Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree w 36 Leaves - Suzie Anderson Home
Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree w 36 Leaves - Suzie Anderson Home

Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree w 36 Leaves

$101.25
Orchid in Grey Stone Pot | Medium - Suzie Anderson Home
Orchid in Grey Stone Pot | Medium - Suzie Anderson Home

Orchid in Grey Stone Pot | Medium

$40.95
Orchid Phal in Paper Pot - Suzie Anderson Home
Orchid Phal in Paper Pot - Suzie Anderson Home

Orchid Phal in Paper Pot

$359.00
Hygrandea Water | 49cm White - Suzie Anderson Home
Hygrandea Water | 49cm White - Suzie Anderson Home

Hygrandea Water | 49cm White

$17.90
Fan Palm Leaf Large - Suzie Anderson Home
Fan Palm Leaf Large - Suzie Anderson Home

Fan Palm Leaf Large

$78.75

The key when bringing all the elements together is to keep it simple. Select 1-3 of your most loved pieces to have on display, which can change seasonally to keep it interesting. Think of a decorative object, luxury candle, design book, family heirloom, sumptuous fabrics or vases. Adding something loved, creates a lived-in feel & ensures that your bedroom reflects your personality and what you value most.

CANDLES/FRAGRANCES

Cire Trudon La Promenuese Coffret - Suzie Anderson Home
Cire Trudon La Promenuese Coffret - Suzie Anderson Home

Cire Trudon La Promenuese Coffret

$450.00

DESIGN BOOKS

Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm - Suzie Anderson Home
Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm - Suzie Anderson Home
Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm - Suzie Anderson Home
Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm - Suzie Anderson Home
Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm - Suzie Anderson Home
Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm - Suzie Anderson Home

Rattan | A World of Elegance and Charm

$140.00

UNIQUE & ANTIQUE

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The "Book of Secrets" | Antique Brown Leather

$163.00

VASES/SCULPTURES

Glory Crystal Glass Vase - Suzie Anderson Home
Glory Crystal Glass Vase - Suzie Anderson Home

Glory Crystal Glass Vase

$60.00

Layering creates interest, be it layering complimentary or contrasting textures, colours, heights, materials, shapes and sizes. To create interest, you can experiment 'Grouping in Pairs', by placing a Tall Vase, Hurricane Lamp, Ginger Jar or Floral Arrangement next to a small candle, sculptural piece or decorative object. You can also experiment with creating depth and dimensions by utilising the 'Rule of Three', creating a triangle as we have done in the looks above. Another way to create interest is through height by placing an upright decorative piece on top of a stack of books or rattan tray.
 

GROUPING IN PAIRS

THE RULE OF THREE

CREATING HEIGHT