Use any of the following style tips to design your nightstand:
Have A Table Lamp or Pendant for light.
Something to hang on the wall (no larger than half the size of your nightstand).
Artwork- framed and leaning against the wall next to the lamp.
Small stack of books laid on the table with a small candle ontop.
Something Living- Adding a small plant give the coffee table a great texture, placed next to your stack of books.