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How To Style Your Dresser

How To Style Your Dresser

The top of your dresser is an opportunity to merge style with substance, using the space for organization and display. Here, 6 pro tips for making the most of this valuable bedroom real estate.

1. Start with a clean slate

Clear off the surface and think about your priorities: Do you use your dresser as a vanity and will want to store cosmetics and jewelry there or is it a tall (5–drawer) dresser that just needs a few decorative accessories?

2. Add the key pieces

Start with the essentials, such as a lamp, a mirror (whether hanging or on a stand) and a tray or storage piece. Your choices may vary, but these elements will anchor your display.

3. Invest in pretty storage accessories

A luxe multi–drawer jewelry box in a metallic or lacquer finish always looks good, but there are lots of other options as well: necklace and bracelet stands are elegant and keep jewelry untangled; glass boxes or small bowls can hold earrings; and trays bring order to perfume bottles, cosmetics and large bangles.

Add The Key Pieces

4. Dress the wall

Hang or prop a mirror, artwork or photos on the wall above the dresser, centered on the furniture. (Advanced placement: For a wide dresser, try placing art or a mirror off to one side and balancing it with a tall vase or boxes.)

AInvest In Pretty Storage Accessories

5. Follow the commandments of styling

  • Add height with a lamp, vase of flowers or tall jewelry box.
  • Add mid–size pieces to bridge the gap between high and low, such as a plant, a stack of books or framed photos. Stylist tip: Books also make a great pedestal to elevate other elements, such as a vase or bowl.
  • Mix materials and shapes, such as a mirrored tray, ceramic bowls, and a lacquer box. Aim for a balanced composition without overcrowding the surface.

6. Add the finishing touch

Indulge the senses with a vase of flowers or a terrarium. Too high–maintenance? Opt for a lush faux botanical or scented candle instead.

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