Say good-bye to your sparse dresser top. Our easy decorating ideas will transform your dresser from blah to beautiful in seven simple steps.

Don't let your dresser be bare and boring, or worse, a dumping ground for random stuff. Make it a pretty focal point of your bedroom using a few carefully arranged accessories you probably already own. Plus, these easy tips for styling your dresser don't require an interior designer. You can do them yourself with a few simple changes!

1. Start with a Mirror

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Anchor your dresser with a large mirror. You can lean it against the wall or hang it above the dresser -- your pick. A mirror lets light bounce around the room and creates the feeling of a larger space. Having a mirror on (or above) your dresser also aids in getting ready in the morning. It's a win-win.

2. Light Up Your Space


We love household decor that serves multiple purposes, and a lamp certainly does the trick. Add a lamp on one side of the mirror for extra task lighting. Choose a tall one with a unique base that complements the rest of your room's style. Here, the lamp matches the rusty orange shade of the floor rug. Strike a symmetrical balance when you put a mirror in the middle of your dresser and two tall objects on either side.

3. Go Green


Place greenery or flowers in a vase on the opposite side of the mirror for a touch of natural texture. Switching out fresh cut flowers is an easy way to add seasonal flair and color, but there's no harm in low-maintenance fake stems or a dried arrangement. In this room, the pop of yellow breaks up a mostly monochrome color scheme.

4. Read All About It


Stack a set of old novels or coffee table books to add variety and height to a low dresser. Look for books with unique spines at flea markets and thrift shops, or find several that coordinate with your room's color scheme. Don't be afraid to remove the dust jackets; you never know what pretty designs might be hiding underneath!

5. Add the Crown Jewels

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Your dresser is a great place to put a decorative jewelry box or stand. Use the book stack as a base and top it off with a jewelry box. It's both functional and fashionable! Try a clear glass box for easily visible accessories, or do double duty with a tree stand like the one shown here. No more digging around trying to find a necklace!

6. Accessorize

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Fill in any gaps in your dresser display with personalized accessories. Knickknacks like wood letters, geodes, small clocks, glass cloches, animal figurines or seashells add interest to your dresser plus reflect your interests and hobbies.

6. Organize Small Items on a Tray


A shallow tray is the perfect place to display perfume and lotion bottles for easy access. This is also a great way to put a vintage serving tray to good use. Now your dresser is looking better than ever!

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 10, 2018
Great ideas, I especially like the tree stand used to hang necklaces.