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10 Dresser Decor Ideas

These chic, stylish dresser decor ideas are some of the easiest ways to incorporate your unique personality into your bedroom; here’s exactly how to do it – without creating a cluttered feel.

1. Embrace Clean Elegance.

As with all elements of interior design, when styling your dresser, it is better to err on the side of minimalism. Try to resist the urge to display on your dresser surface every trinket, knick-knack or souvenir you can find – no matter how pretty it may be! Choosing, instead, just two or three of your favorite bedroom accents will create an easy center of focus – and clean, refreshed style.

How to Decorate the Top of a Dresser

For a calm, relaxing aesthetic, restrict decorative elements to two or three shades of one neutral color. The following work well as dresser top decor. Mix and match neutrals until you find your own style voice!

Bedroom Dresser Idea

Stack elegant coffee table books for timeless style – and leave one of them open for a trendy, unexpected spin! In the bedroom, books you love don't just play decor, they also provide a read for when you're winding down before bed. Kept atop a dresser, books are always accessible.

2. Show Off Your Eclectic Treasures.

Keeping your dresser surface tidy and simple does not have to mean ‘boring.’ Add unique style to your bedroom by incorporating onto your dresser unexpected designs, textures and colors.

Mirror Over Dresser Idea

Mix and match vintage vases with a sleek contemporary mirror for a bohemian-inspired feel. If the dresser is placed opposite a window, the natural morning and evening light will bounce right off it and leak refreshingly throughout the room. Go for a gold trim to highlight the sun's rays!

What to Put on a Dresser

Create anti-symmetry – with an edge – by placing matching ceramic vases on a dresser or nightstand. Vary the heights of your decor to break up the top line. Fine-tune the scene with a little bit of greenery, and you're good to go!

3. Add a Stand-Out Backdrop.

The pieces you choose to put on your dresser will mean nothing if they are easy to miss because of a dull or harsh wall; look for attention-grabbing paintings to balance out your dresser with added height and create a crisp backdrop for your décor.

Dresser Top Decorating Idea

Vertical lines in the painting on the dresser pictured to the right draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of an elongated, more open space. To accentuate your wall art above a dresser, place smaller sculptures on the dresser itself, below the art, that match the art's decor style. As always, keep the decor simple, not cluttered!

4. Go Darker for More Warmth.

The darker the furniture, the warmer the space. This rule applies to all areas of the home – including the bedroom and dresser.

Dresser Styling

Not only does this dresser evoke warmth – so will the brown, ivory and charcoal decor that you'll place atop it! The natural wood makes the perfect contrast for neutral decor. Find dresser tops in distressed or worn finishes to maximize the feel.

Dresser Top Idea

Bring out warmth by contrast: pair a dark dresser with  statement dark decor. This black vase calms down a bedroom space and defines the lightness and brightness of the mirror next to it. Swap out black for white, though, if you want a chirpier feel.

The role of warmth in the bedroom is pivotal for a good night’s sleep. When drifting off to slumber, the last colors you’ll see before your eyelids close should feel soothing, comforting and familiar – exactly what you get with browns, greys, and yellow-tinted whites. Try a brown dresser with off-white decor on top or vice versa. When you choose the right color palette and stick to it, a dreamy, restful ambiance awaits!

5. Get Lively.

Liven up a dresser with plants. Houseplants or faux plants give any bedroom’s style a reason to sing.

White Dresser Decor Ideas

Plants aren’t the only types of life you can incorporate into a dresser aesthetic and neither are things that are only currently alive. Look to things once alive – an oyster’s shells, sea star or coral preserved as artifacts of the past to bring a quiet, peaceful edge to a bedroom. It's the perfect pairing for a white, beachy color palette.

6. Try Geometrics.

Geometric sculptures aren’t just for modern art museums. Place a shape on a dresser or boudoir for a chic aesthetic – bonus points if it’s in the form of a bowl, box, vase or other practical item! In terms of color, neutrals will allow the shape to take, well, shape!
Don’t be a square – be a square, rectangle, hexagon and every other geometric shape!

7. Show Off Your Interests.

While we do love them, we’ll also admit that home decor items like vases and wall art can only say so much. To really bring your interests on display, choose items from your past or passed down to you from your ancestors as bedroom/dresser decor.
Try unique items like vintage record players or genre records. Let your nerd flag fly – a dresser is yours to play with, after all!

8. Strike Color Contrast.

There’s a time and place for monochrome, and as we see it, the bedroom isn’t one of them. Bolden up a dresser with contrasting object colors.
Here, cream dresser decor brings out the deep grains of the black wood dresser.
For a pop of color, go gold – but tone it down with a matte finish.

9. Use Drawer Pulls as Accents.

Dresser decor isn’t just about what’s on top. Pay attention to knobs, handles and pulls, as these can change the entire look of a dresser’s aesthetic in a bedroom.
On a brown canvas, pewter silver pulls add a touch of sophistication.
Chrome or black pulls offer a subtle stride towards peaceful dresser ambiance.

10. Get Lost in the Woods.

How to Decorate a Dresser

Turn a new leaf in your dresser decor – and while you’re turning the leaf, go for the whole branch . . . and trunk. Wood offers warmth, comfort and rustic vibes, perfect for a bedroom space. Look for wooden books, art and vases to place atop a wood dresser, and to make a bedroom feel like a woodworker's shop (quaint, quiet and authentic)!

Hanging natural crystal art brings out the forest/earthy/mystic vibes that are intrinsic to wood’s style meanings.
This beige-painted room – including brown dresser – plays along with the white dresser decor to create a relaxed space.

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