Ideas + Advice
- Bedding 101
- Bedding Basics
- Layer Your Bed Like A Stylist
- How To: Create The Perfect Lazy Sunday
- How To: Style Your Dresser
- How To: Fold A Fitted Sheet
- How To: Put On A Duvet Cover
- Build A Perfect Bed Tool
- Choosing The Perfect Pillow
- Choosing Your Duvet
- Choose The Right Bed + Headboard
- Inspiration: Bedrooms
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.
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.)
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.