Domino Magazine recently published a series of ideas and photographs of nightstand options for small bedrooms. This article prompted me to share a solution we recently used in the redecorating of a home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This lower level guestroom was dominated by mirrored closet doors on one side and a sliding glass door on the other side, leaving only one wall for the bed and very limited space for a bedside table. We placed a queen size bed against that wall and hung two shelf/drawer style units from CB2 on either side. This simple nightstand solution provides a spot for an alarm clock (does anyone use a clock anymore?), glass of water or a book and eye glasses and the single drawer is more functional than just a floating shelf. Reading lights were hung on the wall above the bed. Opposite the bed is a small chest of drawers, TV and a chair that provides a comfortable spot to sit and tie your shoes. Guests never have to leave which could be a good thing or a bad thing!
We hung wood panel artwork above the bed that the homeowner already had and added a fluffy rug for both visual and physical warmth and comfort. The bedding is a gender neutral stripe with colors that are picked up in the wall paint and the gray of the floating nightstands. I love the juxtaposition of rough and earthy wood next to the shiny lacquered finish of the nightstands and chrome of the wall lamps. Small details like crown molding and trim on the lampshades, updated window treatments and a few throw pillows will complete the look, but always remember that decorating is a process that evolves over time.
While these are not professional photos and the lighting washes out the true colors, I think you can clearly see what an inviting and comfortable space this is for overnight guests.
And while you are reading the Domino article be sure and check out my article on apple picking in southern California!