Learn how to decorate a dresser with these 7 simple and easy to follow steps. A decorated dresser is one step closer to a more stylish space.
If you have been following along for a while, you know I like to focus on one room at a time when it comes to decorating. Sometimes I like to break it down even smaller by focusing on one wall or space at a time. There is no way you can simultaneously decorate your entire home at once. Which is why we are focusing on how to decorate a dresser for this post.
I have 7 easy-to-follow tips that will help you learn how to decorate a dresser and do so seamlessly. A decorated dresser will help you get one step closer to a more completed space allowing more room for joy.
I have to admit, I didn’t fully style the master in our last home until we were staging it to sell. Once it was staged, I was in love and found myself spending more time in the space. If you have a neglected bedroom like I did, I highly recommend spending some time completing the space… start with the dresser!
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How to Decorate a Dresser
First things first! Let’s make sure we are starting with a clean slate, before we start talking about how to decorate a dresser! Remove everything off the top of the dresser and give it a good dusting. Then put away any items that don’t belong on top of the dresser (like that random spare sock.. just me?) and then decide what you would like to keep.
Accessories for the top of a Dresser
What should go on top of the dresser? The answer to this is different for everyone of course. I highly suggest mixing sentimental pieces with a few trendy or in-style pieces. As you can see, I repurposed a few of the lanterns we used in our wedding, a thrifted lamp I’ve had since I lived at my parent’s house, and one of my beloved fake plants raised up by a mini wood slice.
Split the Dresser with Décor
Looking back at our first home, it looked rather cluttered since I decorated EVERY SINGLE nook and cranny! So, I am really trying to use more and more negative space in our current home. One way I do this is by splitting my surfaces and decorating both sides while leaving the middle open. Having the empty space in the middle gives off a cleaner and less-cluttered look don’t you think?
Play with Various Heights
Anytime I decorate a space, I make sure to add items of various heights. It’s hard to focus when everything is the same height, and it looks rather boring. If you ever want something to appear taller, try using a pedestal of some kind like a plant stand, block of wood or a stack of books to elevate the piece. As you can see, I gave my little fake plant some extra height and texture by sliding a small wood slice underneath of it.
Think about Contrast
Consider contrast when decorating the top of your dresser. If your dresser is a darker color, try decorating the top with some lighter pieces and vice versa. Contrast is important because it helps organize your design and adds visual interest. If everything is the same color, it will most likely not be pleasing to the eye and very blah. So try mixing up the hues for optimal interest.
Make it Practical
Decor doesn’t have to be solely for looks. It can be useful too! Do car keys tend to get thrown up on the dresser every night? Maybe the dresser is where pockets full of change get emptied? If so, why not add a small little basket or cute tray for a catchall. Sometimes clutter is inevitable, so you might as well embrace it and make it look cute, right? I made my decor useful by creating a hat wall behind the dresser. I am a big hat girl, but my closet wasn’t the best place to store my small collection, so I hung them on the my wall to create some dimension and I love the way it completes the space.
Add Some Light
Adding light to any space is always a great idea! A simple lamp can add instant warmth to any space. You can usually find a lamp for any style too. I know our lamp comes in handy in the mornings when one of us needs to get up earlier than the other. It’s light helps us see without waking up whoever is still sleeping. Can you believe I thrifted this baby for like $2? Don’t underestimate a good thrifted lamp find! Remember, you can always paint it a different color!
Decorate the Wall too
While you are probably thinking about the dresser itself, it’s a good idea to consider the wall space behind the dresser too. As I already mentioned, I took the practical route by decorating the wall with my hat collection, but you can add family photos, artwork or maybe an old windowpane. Either way, decorating the wall will help finish off the overall look of the space.
Free Decorating Guide
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Share your Decorated Dresser
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