This 2024 Bedroom Trend Is So Unexpected (And So Easy to DIY)

published May 22, 2024
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If you love patterns and retro trends, or if you visited (virtually or IRL) Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool NYC event, you probably know that matching your curtains to your wallpaper is a maximalist trend that’s making a comeback, and it’s a great way to incorporate pattern into your space. That’s something you can do in any room in your house, be it your kitchen, your living room, or your bedroom

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But I’m here to sing the praises of a similar idea that looks great in bedrooms, wherein DIYers match their nightstands to their wallpaper (or wall paint) for a matchy-matchy maximalist look

It’s the 2024 take on the matching bedroom set, and this time, it’s patterned. 

Here, DIYer Rebecca Skovron (@rebbypaints) used white and blue paint and a similar doodle-y style to match the renter-friendly hand-painted “tiles” on her bedroom wall. “Some of the tiles reflect parts of my life, personality, passions,” Rebecca says of the whimsical style. “Other tiles were random thoughts that popped into my head during the process.”

Designer and DIYer Hilary Crawford used the matching wall and nightstand peel-and-stick look in her daughter’s lilac and yellow room redo. “I decided to add some leftover wallpaper onto the drawer fronts at the last minute, which is now one of my favorite items in the room,” she says. The wallpaper is from Sorbet Dreams. 

Lastly, DIYers Michelle Norris and Forrest Aguilar doubled — even tripled! — down on stripes by painting first their walls in a tone-on-tone yellow (Benjamin Moore’s Summer Lime) stripe and then their bedroom set in black and white. The hardest part of the project, they say, was making sure the stripe widths lined up exactly on the walls, bed, and nightstand. 

To prep your nightstand (or your wall) for peel-and-stick, give it a quick clean with soap and water, completely dry it off, and dust it to make sure the surface is clean and easy to stick to. 

How will you revamp your nightstand? Paint, peel-and-stick, or a mix of both? Check out these six pro tips for using peel-and-stick wallpaper, and these seven more for a polished nightstand paint job.