For most of us, a dresser is a bedroom essential, whether it’s a simple three-drawer style or a piece that’s large enough to hold all of your go-to clothing items and more. However, it’s all too easy for dresser tops to become cluttered with jewelry, perfume bottles, and loose change or serve as a dumping ground for mail, receipts, and whatever else has been buried at the bottom of your purse.
It’s time to say goodbye to treating your dresser top like a catchall for anything and everything and turn it into a space that truly shines and enhances your bedroom. We turned to designers who shared their tips on how to make a dresser top look chic and expensive.
1. Display a Tray
“Trays are a great way to keep things organized and tidy on your dresser,” designer Eugenia Jesberg says. Whether you use it to keep baubles organized or place a few favorite fragrances on top, it’s up to you.
Jesberg also suggests adding framed photos to a dresser top, noting that touches like these add personality.
2. Add Lighting
“A pair of lamps will add height to a dresser and give the illusion of a larger space,” designer Marissa Nelums says. In general, though, she notes that less is more.
“When styling your dresser, try to add small purposeful elements,” Nelums explains. “An over-styled dresser can distract you from the beauty of its bones.”
A thoughtfully arranged collection will look nice and luxe. “Groupings of three are pleasing to the eye, but don’t feel like each collection needs to be the same size or shape,” Whitney Riter Gelinas of Wit Interiors notes. “Asymmetry helps to create a look that feels both elevated and casual at the same time. Mix and match height and textures to create interest.”
Possible items to group in threes include vases, candles, and once again, perfume bottles.
4. Go Natural
“Bring in an organic element,” Gelinas advises. “A branch or even a faux floral can help to soften your dresser top and bring the outdoors in.” Whether you choose to go foraging in your own backyard or order something on the internet is up to you.
Notes Suzan Wemlinger, “There are so many realistic looking faux florals out there now that don't cost an arm and a leg—put them in a clear vase or vessel with water; they will look real and you don't need to worry about wilting or watering.”
5. Get Personal
“Bedroom dressers provide an opportunity to create visual interest while also being functional,” designer Melanie Love says. Why not showcase some sentimental items in the process? “Including vintage accessories or items purchased while traveling adds a personal touch,” Love says. Sculptural objects, glassware, or woven baskets are all fair game.