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20 Chic Modern Nightstands for a Contemporary Bedroom

When it comes to bedroom decor, nightstands are as necessary as they are stylish. A place to set the alarm clock, cell phone and lamp, they can also hold favorite books and magazines that are read before bed. Yet often these small furnishings get overlooked. After all, a bedside chair or other compact item can pass as a nightstand, as well as a couple of stacked cinder blocks.

But what if you’re looking to make a design statement? Nightstands can reinforce your style of choice, such as glamorous, earthy or modern. As you’ll see in the images below, they can even solidify a bedroom color scheme. The pics in today’s post come from popular design site Houzz, and they feature the best in modern interiors. From wall-mounted nightstands to built-in pieces, the selections will get the ideas flowing and hopefully lead you to the bedside nightstand of your dreams!

Freestanding Modern Nightstands

We start with nightstands that are on their own four feet. Not attached to the wall or built into the bed! The bright yet rich palette of the room below is perfectly mirrored on each green and white nightstand. Love those blue lamps! [from Eche Martinez]

Nightstands in glossy white and green

There’s nothing like the crisp color combo of navy and white. A nautical touch is added when elements of gold enter the mix. The elegant white nightstands below dazzle with gold-toned handles. [from Domicile Interior Design]

White nightstands with gold handles

Looking for a geometric touch to complement your Hollywood Regency-style bedroom? The gold detailing on the nightstand in the next image perfectly combines angles and lines in a design that mirror the room’s pillow patterns. [from Marmalade Interiors]

Lacquered nightstand with gold detailing

Two-tone nightstands get noticed. For example, the white pieces in the room below have dark wooden bases that keep these furnishings from disappearing against white walls and light carpeting. [from Michael Laurenzano]

Nightstands in white and dark wood

Clean-lined nightstands fit perfectly in modern spaces like the next featured room. The pieces’ Parsons-style design is undeniably contemporary, but the softness of the floral pattern on headboard and pillow add warmth to this boudoir. [from GDC Construction]

Clean-lined nightstands

The next space is absolutely divine with geometric pillows, vibrant artwork, and of course, mirrored nightstands that bring the room’s glow to life. [from Heather Garrett Interior Design]

Modern mirrored nightstands

A metallic finish on the nightstands below serves as a cool-toned complement to the warm beige of bedding. Simple yet stylish, these nightstands speak for themselves without overpowering other interior details, such as the vertical gardens hanging above them. [from Lindy Donnelly Interior Design]

Metallic nightstands

Why not go for a little added storage when you select your nightstand? The pieces in this next space have two layers of shelving that are perfect for holding books and baskets. Top it all off with a vase of fresh flowers, a lamp, and an interesting artifact. [from RBrant Design]

Storage space in a modern nightstand

The nightstand above is powerful with its solid wooden finish. Yet the pieces below are light and airy, thanks to the strategic use of chrome and metal. And they certainly aren’t short on storage space, although cramming them with clutter would definitely detract from their style! [from Carlyn and Company]

Double-shelved glass and metal nightstands

Sometimes a nightstand is so eclectically chic, just one will not do! A tiled effect is created by the pair of tall pieces in the next image. Note how their height and width give them plenty of room underneath for the storage of extra seating and cushions. These nightstands could easily double as desks or vanities! [from Domicile Interior Design]

Chic bedside nightstands

Built-In Modern Nightstands

Nightstands may be sold separately, or they can be built into another furnishing for double the fun. In the room below, it’s hard to tell where the headboard ends and nightstand begins. The result: a unified space with plenty of room for surface-top decor. [from Narofsky]

Built-in wooden nightstands

Rather than being part of a headboard, the nightstand in the next image appears to be a part of the wall. In fact, this “furnishing” is little more than a ledge. But it certainly gets the job done! [from Richard Bubnowski Design LLC]

Built-in wooden nightstand detailing

The nightstand below is connected to the bed, and its ultra-long form gives it the function of both nightstand and dresser. The piece’s horizontal lines contribute to the room’s contemporary feel. [from The Construction Zone]

Built-in bedside table space

Look closely at this next image or you might miss the nightstand! A simple circular extension is all that is needed to store bedside necessities in this modern space. Plus, its placement leaves plenty of room on the ground for an array of interesting plants. [from Susan Diana Harris Interior Design]

Built-in circular nightstand

Two layers of shelving are a key feature of the built-in nightstand below, which extends from the headboard of the clean-lined bed. A contrast between dark and light materials adds depth to this modern room! [from Studio William Hefner]

Double-layer shelving on built-in nightstands

Wall-Mounted Modern Nightstands

Why go with wall-mounted nightstands? Because they’re stylish, they’re unexpected, and they free up space below for other items, such as extra cushions. Plus, these pieces call attention to the beauty of geometric form, as shown with the rectangular nightstands in the next image. And geometry is certainly a key feature in this room! [from Amy Lau Design]

Wall-mounted modern nightstands

For an elevated bed like the one below, an off-the-ground nightstand makes perfect sense, providing a sense of fluidity. This dark wooden selection is sleek and modern. Not to mention, its four-drawer design mirrors the segmented look of the brick-style headboard. [from Hufft Projects]

Dark wood wall-mounted nightstand

Lighter wood can be just as striking, as shown by the bright space below. Matching the bed and nightstand to the golden wood of the wall results in a cohesive look that sets the stage for vivid accents, like geometric artwork in primary colors. [from Vanni Archive via Houzz]

Wall-mounted nightstands in light wood

Speaking of cohesion, the wall-mounted nightstands in the next image make a unified statement, thanks to the way they perfectly integrate with the accent wall from which they extend. [from Axis Mundi]

Nightstands mounted to the wall

We end with a wide wall-mounted nightstand that is lengthy enough to double as a desk. In this modern room, the piece holds a lamp, a vase of flowers, and other objects of interest. Long, lean and chic, this nightstand brings out the darker tones of the space. [from Phil Kean Designs]

Wide built-in nightstand

Glossy. Mirrored. Wooden. Metallic. Built-in. Wall-mounted. There are many options in the realm of nightstands! You can even purchase a piece that doubles as another furnishing, multiplying its function. Do you go with one nightstand or two? That may depend on your space. Compact interiors can get away with one. But if your bed sleeps two, it may be nice for each person to have a spot to set books, a cell phone, and a glass of water. Happy shopping!


Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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