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8 Tips to Style Your Dresser

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

The dresser is a classic piece of living or dining room furniture design. Dressers were originally designed for storing kitchenware and utensils - but these days, most dressers aren't even located in the kitchen! Instead, they've become a much -needed and -loved piece of furniture in the home, providing ample storage in living spaces and bedrooms for a whole range of other belongings.

But, dressers do have the tendency to look old-fashioned unless they are chosen, positioned, and styled in the right way. Let's take a look at some tips and tricks to help you make your dresser really stand out!

Clean and fresh

Start by clearing off your dresser completely and giving it a good dusting or wiping down. This will give you a clean slate to work with and help you style a more polished look. A dusty or dirty dresser is never a good look and will automatically age your unit and make it appear less stylish.

Avoid clutter

Use trays to keep small items like jewelry, keys, or loose change and ensure that clutter doesn't start to pile up on the sideboard surface or shelves. This will help keep your 4-drawer dresser looking tidy and organized.


Add a few decorative touches when dresser decorating, such as a vase of flowers, a stack of books, or a scented candle. These items will add personality and interest to your dresser, drawing the eye and making it look like a used and integral item in the space. Use bright colors for your accessories to really maximize the impact.

The Charlie dresser is decorated with a vase and some books


Experiment by using different arrangements of items to find a layout that you like. For example, group similar items together or create a visual balance by placing larger items on one side of the dresser and smaller items on the other. Or you could go for a symmetrical look for your 6-drawer dresser, with similar items on each side.

Think about scale

Be mindful of the scale of your items and ornaments. A mix of large and small items can visual interest, but be sure to avoid overcrowding your dresser top. A dresser that is too busy can end up getting lost or simply looking like a dumping ground. Very often with dressers, less is more, so try not to overdo it and remember that a few impact pieces will go a long way.

Go green

The dresser is a perfect spot for a couple of statement plants. Place hanging plants at a high level and let them droop down over the dresser, or choose countertop plants with interesting foliage for an eye-catching display. Adding green to any room will help it feel a more relaxing place, with flowering plants injecting some color into the space.

Be bold

Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles and textures. A modern lamp paired with a vintage vase, for example, can add visual interest and depth to your dresser. The same goes for the color scheme - try and use bolder colors for your dresser, or even choose two or more for different parts of the unit. These will generally need to combine with the wider color scheme, but don't be afraid to let your dresser stand out. You don't want it getting lost amongst the other furniture or colors in the room.

Get personal

Try and personalize your dresser with a few personal touches, such as family photos or your favorite piece of artwork. These will help your dresser feel more at home in the space.

As you can see from the above dresser decór ideas, there are lots of ways you can make your unit stand out, even if the piece itself is not that eye-catching. When thinking about how to decorate your dresser, think of it as a blank canvas onto which you can express your personality and design preferences.

Use the shelf to display much-loved items or as a stylish way to show off items you need close to hand. Use the cupboard section in an organized way and it can be a much-needed storage space to help free up clutter from the rest of your space. And don't be afraid to use bold colors and bright touches to draw the eye and make sure the dresser doesn't just fade into the background.

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