The bedside table all too often gets buried under books you’ve been meaning to read, remnants of midnight snacks and boring alarm clocks. However, with just a few styling tricks, that little table can be instantly transformed into an elegant focal point that reflects your design aesthetic. Check out these pretty bedside tables to get some styling inspiration, from non-conventional tables to nightstand essentials.

1. Balanced Bedside: Use objects that vary in height and size to create a balanced focal point. Here, a curvy lamp balances a modern, boxy table while the sculpture adds visual interest. (via Style at Home)

2. Complimenting Colors: Color is key when decorating the nightstand. Make sure all the items are in the same color family and coordinate with the bedding, yet are still interesting on their own, like this beautiful blue room contrasted with a vintage wooden dresser. (via Georgica Pond)

3. Bold and Masculine: The guy’s side of the bed doesn’t have to be boring and empty. A pile of books on the table can act as a shelf to display a travel memento or cool alarm clock. (via The Suite Life Designs)

4. Less Is More: Unwind with your favorite scent. Keep a luxurious candle on the bedside table. (via Shop Sweet Things)

5. Creative Lighting: A traditional lamp is a shapely addition to any bedside arrangement, but a funky light fixture can add a little extra design flair, especially when combined with fabulous art and a collection of favorite items. (via Because It’s Awesome)

6. Fresh Flowers: Not only do they add a bright spot of color to your nightstand, but it’s nice to have something organic in your bedroom, whether it be flowers, shells or a hearty house plant. (via The Every Girl)

7. Jewelry Display: Keeping a pretty jewelry dish on your bedside table is functional, but also adds extra color, texture and a bit of sparkle. (via Because I’m Addicted)

8. Vertical Space: If you’re short on floor space, don’t be afraid to think vertical. Using bookshelves instead of a bedside table will give you extra storage and create a fun place to display all your favorite items. (via Cush and Nooks)

9. Thrift Store Treasure: The bedside table is a piece of furniture you can easily save money on, so check thrift stores, Craigslist and garage sales until you find the ideal piece. (via Mom Toob)

10. Mismatched Tables: Your bedside tables don’t have to match! As long as the tables are about the same height and have similar finishes, they will complement each other beautifully with a matching pair of lamps and similar accessories. (via Shaun Smith Home)

11. Wow Factor: If you want to go with a smaller piece of furniture, go crazy with the color! This pedestal table is a great option because it is elegant, yet makes a huge statement. (via Style at Home)

12. Calm Symmetry: If you prefer to have matching bedside tables, use matching lamps too. Pairs bring a sense of order to the room. Keep things visually interesting by using coordinating artwork. (via It’s For The Home)

13. Keep It Real: Be realistic about your space needs. If you need more storage, don’t be afraid to have bedside tables with drawers, like these little antique dressers. (via Amber Interior Design)

14. Lean Back: If you rent or don’t want to put holes in your walls, leaning artwork against the wall is perfectly acceptable, especially when displayed on top of the nightstand. (via Bikinis and Passports)

15. Time Out: Just because an alarm clock is a necessary evil, doesn’t mean it needs to destroy your pretty table decor. How fun is this oversized clock and vintage lamp? (via Elissa Braun)

16. Pop of Color: Use the nightstand as a place to have fun with color like this royal blue lamp in an otherwise orange-themed room. (via BHG)

17. Work It: Having the nightstand double as a desk or vanity can be a great way to utilize all the available space in a small room. (via Ally Redhead)

18. Rolling On: A gold bar cart makes a charming and creative bedside table. (via Mimosas in the Morning)

19. Gold Accents: Sparkle and shine is key when styling the bedside table because it gives the space a “lift.” Those little gold penguins are the hero on this elegant black table. (via Apartment Therapy)

20. All is Vanity: Here is a pretty vignette where the bedside table doubles as a vanity where you can store perfume and jewelry. We love the little pops of color against the gray color palette. (via House and Home)

21. Book Lover’s Table: If books are an ever-present feature on your bedside table, why not make them the main star? This lucite shelf desk keeps your reading list front and center. (via Sara Ruffin Costello)

22. Layer It Up: Layering is key when styling the nightstand. Choose items with similar texture but of varying heights like these sleek, modern pieces. (via The Every Girl)

23. Closed Doors: Combining open and closed spaces is perfect for hiding those necessities you don’t want to display and leaves the top uncluttered and free to show off prettier items. (via Design Sponge)

24. Mirror Mirror: Mirrored bedside tables are perfect for bringing light into the bedroom and will reflect the colors of the room to create extra depth. (via Facilisimo)

25. Double Duty: Since the bedside table has to be both functional and attractive, go with a larger piece of furniture to handle the workload. If you live in your bed, a bigger table can accommodate all the things you want with you, like a laptop, notepads, a phone, tissues etc. (via La Dolce Vita)

26. Eclectic Combo: Odd numbers are a sure bet when you are styling your bedside table. Think one lamp, a bouquet… and a neon skull? (via Miou)

27. Chic Storage: If you have an open bedside table, but would rather not have all your items visible, use decorative boxes or funky wicker baskets for sneaky storage options. (via Fashion in Box)

28. Gray and Gold: We love the gold accents on this trendy campaign dresser! This style of bedside table is perfect for balancing masculinity and femininity. (via Emily Henderson)

29. Antique Treasures: When looking for items to display on your nightstand, consider the shapes: Try to vary the objects from hard, straight edges to round, more organic items. (via Camille Styles)

30. Sleek and Modern: Putting a mirror behind each bedside table is a clever way to add some vertical interest and extra light into the bedroom. (via BHG)

Which of these perfectly styled nightstands would you like to wake up to? Let us know in the comments below!