What Should Nightstands Match?

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Q: I recently bought a pair of unfinished, light wood nightstands off of Craigslist and would like to paint or stain them so they match the other (somewhat mismatched but in a good way) furniture in my bedroom (chest of drawers and desk shown below). My question is, should I try match the nightstands to the desk or the dresser? Or should I use a brighter color for them that matches one of the colors on my throw pillow (shown), which are basically my palette for the room?

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Sidenote: I also have not-so-attractive off-white/beige carpeting and my walls are an equally unattractive off-white. Yay, renting. My duvet is also a neutral color (West Elm pintuck in natural).

Suggestions would be much appreciated! Please be kind to my design-challenged little heart, as my room is still a work in progress.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.