Tips for Styling Your Nightstand with The Key Rewards


One of my favorite pastimes has always been styling beautiful spaces.  Whether it’s a whole room or a small vignette, it is something I have always been passionate about to make our home a more beautiful place to live.

The best tips for styling and decorating your nightstands

For this post I had the opportunity to partner with one of my absolute favorite brands, Williams Sonoma and will be sharing my best tips for styling your nightstand to include what you should have on it and how each component can enhance your bedtime and wake up routines.  Today I will also be discussing The Key Rewards and how it has helped me to make my nightstands an even more beautiful and functional spot in my home.

While Williams Sonoma is sponsoring this post all opinions are completely my own.  Read my full disclosure policy here.

If I’ve peaked your interest about what The Key Rewards is let me first answer that question and how it can benefit you too.  I love that when I shop with some of my favorite brands such as Pottery Barn, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home, and Rejuvenation (along with most of the other Williams Sonoma brands) as a member of The Key Rewards I can earn 3% back in rewards when shopping across their family of brands.  After enrolling, which is free, all I have to do is provide my phone number at checkout (in store, on line, or over the phone with customer care) regardless of which brand I’m shopping with under the Williams Sonoma umbrella and my rewards accumulate with each purchase.

For a little while now I’ve used The Key Rewards program and when I earn $15 or more in rewards, a rewards certificate is emailed to me and is also made available in my Key Rewards Dashboard.  It is so fun to receive this happy mail in my inbox every so often and the best part is that it gives me an excuse to shop for the home decor items I already love to use for styling my nightstands and other areas of my home.

Your nightstand is probably one of the last things you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning when you wake up and for that reason it should not only be beautiful but it should be functional as well.  Here are 9 easy tips for keeping your nightstands in tip top shape!

1. Use a Decorative Box

A pretty, little, decorative box like this shagreen box in charcoal  from West Elm might just be one of the most functional items on your bedside table.  It can be used to corral items such as hand cream, chap stick and other bed side essentials giving them a place to call home so they aren’t cluttering up your nightstand and creating chaos next to your bed.  Waking up to an organized space always makes for a good start to the day and can help you to put your best foot forward.

How to style your nightstands - always use a pretty box to coral essentials

2. Pretty lighting is a Must

It goes without saying that lighting is of the utmost importance on the nightstand.  Of course a lamp is functional for reading and other tasks but it can also give your vignette some height, shape and scale.  Choose one that is beautiful like this tea stain beauty with an acrylic base from Williams Sonoma Home but that also provides the appropriate amount of light for your space.

The best tips to style your nightstands

3. A Trinket Dish is Key

Having a secure place to store earrings or rings when you jump into bed at night is key to keeping these items corralled and from getting displaced.  Any small dish, bowl or even a small, decorative plate can be used.  This is also a great opportunity to add a pop of your favorite color to your nightstand.

The best tips to style your nightstands

Here I used this marble & copper dip bowl from West Elm for my trinket dish…it works great to hold my rings at night since I take them off last thing before I go to bed.

The best tips to style and decorate your nightstands

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4. Incorporate a Frame

Having a frame by your bed to hold a photo of that special person, place, or thing is the perfect view to wake up to in the morning.  I always have this photo of my son on his first trip to the beach next to my side of the bed and, this beautiful Aerin scalloped frame from Williams Sonoma Home makes his photo even more special.  Both just make me happy and put a smile on my face morning and night!

The best tips to style your nightstand

5. Use a Vase and/or Decorative Accessory

There is nothing better to wake up to than fresh (or faux) flowers!  A vase IS an accessory and flowers provide a beautiful scent, a pop of color, most of the time texture, and lastly a smile on your face.  I always keep a little something in pink or white on my side of the bed plus a nice bundle of greenery next to my husband’s side of the bed and it makes our room feel fresh and polished am & pm.

The best tips for styling any nightstand

Both the blue herringbone vase and the soft pink faceted vase were great here to add a pop of my currently favorite color combo to my nightstand.  The color and shape of my vases also adds interest to my vignette.

The best tips for styling your nightstand

6. Group Items in Odd Numbers

When styling your nightstands always group items by odd numbers…3, 5, 7, etc., but here less is always more so keep it clean and minimal so that your nightstands don’t get cluttered.

7. Vary Heights & Materials

Always use items to style with that vary in height and material.  This allows your eye to bounce around the vignette and makes it more interesting by creating depth and scale.  This step should be easy to attain by incorporating some of the items I’ve shared above.

The best styling tips for your nightstands

8. Keep your nightstands in scale with your space

If you have a small amount of space between the side of the bed and the wall then use a nightstand or bedside table appropriately sized for that space but if you have a larger amount of space then try and fill it up with a large piece so that your nightstands don’t feel out of scale with the bed, especially if you have a queen or king size bed.  Sometimes even using a small dresser like I’ve used here, the Malone Campaign 3-drawer dresser from West Elm, can be the best fit for your space.  A larger nightstand will provide more storage plus feel more in scale with a bigger bed.

The best 8 tips to style your nightstands

9. Add Storage & Organization Under the Bed

Another thing that helps me to keep my bedside tables organized and pretty is having a large basket like the Caden Square divided basket form Pottery Barn under my side of the bed that I can easily slide in and out for additional storage.  This is a great place to keep magazines or books that you want to get around to reading or even your laptop to get it out of site when not in use.

Under the bed basket for magazines and other essentials - bedroom storage

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I hope you will explore The Key Rewards here, get signed up, and start earning rewards when you shop the Williams Sonoma family of brands.  This is a program that I have been using for about a year now, have seen real benefits from it and I know you will too!

The best styling and organizational tips for your bedroom

Nightstand | Shagreen Box | Lamp | Pink Vase | Pink Trinket Dish | MarbleDipping Bowl | Blue Herringbone Vase | Aerin Gold Scalloped Frame | White Pin-Tuck Quilt & Shams | | Blush Throw | Black Gallery Frame on Wall | Bed | White/Blue Drip Vase

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  1. Bree I always wondered what the Key Rewards program was – definitely sounds like something I should get in on! Your nightstand is perfection – love all of your WSH finds so much and appreciate the tips!

    1. Kris, thank you so much for stopping in to the blog! Go sign up and start earning rewards because I know you love the Williams-Sonoma brand just as just as much as I do!! Hugs!! xoxo

  2. Bree your tips are SO GOOD! And I love everything you’ve styled your nightstands with – I am looking for new lamps for my living room and these are stunning! The rewards program sounds perfect for me, I will definitely be checking it out! Thanks for such a useful post, I am bookmarking this one for future inspiration!! xox

    1. Tamara, thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting! I’m sure you will find their Key Rewards program just as helpful as I have to use those dollars towards new projects in your home!! Best!! xoxo

    1. CC, thank you for stopping by!! I doubt you have very much trouble at all (You’re so talented!!) but so sweet of you to say so!! xoxo

  3. I absolutely love all of your tips! You always have great ones and this is styled to perfection! Thank you for letting us know about the rewards program! Sounds fabulous!

    1. Haneen, so good to hear from you and thanks for your sweet words!! I hope you’ll check out The Key Rewards program – I couldn’t love it more!!! Happy Sunday cutie!! xoxo

  4. Bree I absolutely love the Key Rewards program! Such a fan of all Williams Sonoma stores! And I seriously LOVE your nightstand tips! You’ve inspired me to give mine a little makeover. ❤️ Such a fun post!

    1. Erin, thank you so much for coming by the blog!! It’s always so good to hear from you and I’m so glad you are already familiar with The Key Rewards program!!! Hugs, cutie!! xoxo

  5. Bree, your nightstands are styled perfectly! I have that little B&W box and love it- I think I am signed up for The Key but never really understood what it was (now I feel silly); thank you for breaking it down. I don’t think I’ve taken advantage of it but obviously need to!

    1. Kelly, I’m so glad you stopped by!! The program is great and I know you will love it just as much as I do once you start using it! Happy Monday, cutie!! xoxo

  6. Hey Bree, I first want to complement your styling, really pretty and fresh! But, I also am reaching out to see if you have a contact person within William Sonoma. I have had many problems with the Key Rewards and am attempting to get it resolved. No one is calling me back! Do you have any ideas? Thanks in advance!

  7. Beautiful nightstand styling Bree! I always love your finds! It’s great to learn about the Key Reward Program too!!! xo

    1. Jen thank you so much or stopping by and for your kind words! I know you will love The key Rewards if/when you try it!! xoxo

  8. Love your style! Clean and uncluttered. On this nightstand post, I saved your ring I the pink holder.
    Your ring style is so unique.

    1. Thank you, RM! I’m glad you liked the post and I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for stopping in to the blog!

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