Mismatched Bedside Tables: Yes or No?

As mentioned in a post earlier this week, I’m devoting a lot of my excess brainpower – what little there is – to putting together my future bedroom. When it comes to furniture, the only matching stuff we have in terms of furniture is the bed and two matching bedside tables. Which, frankly, is fine with me because I’m not a big fan of coordinating bedroom sets. And since I much prefer the look of rooms with lots of different kinds of furniture and accessories, I’m leaning toward using the existing bedside tables elsewhere in the house and pulling two other tables from who knows where to use as bedside tables, bringing me to the question I posed in the headline. What do you think of mismatched bedside tables?


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7 Responses to “Mismatched Bedside Tables: Yes or No?”

  1. Abby January 21, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    My husband and I have mismatched end tables. Our bed is a cherry wood sleigh bed. My end table is wrought iron with a glass top, like our dining room table. Much of our wall decor is wrought iron. The lamp is a bulky, modern looking thing. My husband’s end table is cherry wood with drawers, like our bookshelves and much of our furniture. His lamp is a wrought iron eiffel tower. It all works together, I think.

  2. Christa Terry January 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Sounds awesome, Abby! I used to go for the whole matching furniture suite look – like back when I was a teenager – but I’m really into the mismatched look now. It just feels more organic and natural, like these are all pieces that were acquired over time. You have them because you want them, not because they necessarily coordinate exactly.

  3. joods January 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    I love mismatched furniture. It gives me a sense of progression or history. As though I’ve “picked” my furniture over time.

  4. Little Red January 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    My bed is a steel-framed one from Crate & Barrel but my two bedside tables are cherry wood: one is a square-leg table and the other is proper nightstand.

  5. Christa Terry January 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    @joods Exactly! That’s I think my favorite part of my grandparents’ decor – everything they have was incorporated over time (brought back from trips abroad, found at yard sales, bought in shops, etc.). But it works amazingly because it’s their look.

    @Little Red That sounds awesome! I love the idea of having a coordinating wood in two different styles and shapes.

  6. Jennie January 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    In my old house, we had a bay window installed. (OK! for our pets.) Because it was difficult for them to get into due to age and/or height, we needed a step of some sort. Everything we looked at was too delicate for the constant use by dogs and cats so we opted for a cement garden bench. Looked awesome and gave the fur kids a leg up into the window. Great piece and a lot of positive comments. I always look at what something is going to be used for rather than what it’s made for.

  7. Que L'Objet January 28, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    I like that white bedroom. Complete white. Its looking very pleasant. When we are in upset mood, if we enter this room immediately our mood will change.