Our Top 10 Dresser Decorating Ideas + Product Picks

Follow our styling tips for a balanced, beautiful and brag-worthy bedroom dresser.

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July 27, 2021

Something old, something new, groups of three and a bold, splashy hue.

There are endless ways to style your bedroom dresser, but when in doubt, these cardinal rules will never steer you astray. The contrasting elements come together and create a fail-proof formula that can transform the most basic, boring dresser into a beautiful yet functional focal point of your design every single time.

A mix of antique and up-to-date items will give your dresser a curated, designer-worthy look that can't be replicated. Accessories arranged in odd number groups of three or five in a triangular format create instant visual balance in design. And a dramatic emerald floral arrangement, a cherry-red coffee table book or a color-clad catchall tray polishes off your display with panache.

Ready to put our dresser decor creed to the test? Check out the top decorative accessories we reach for time and time again to create designer-worthy dresser vignettes at home.

West Elm

There are many ways to fill the blank wall space above your dresser, but none are as failproof as a statement-making mirror. Choose a mirror that reflects your interior design style and secure it six to eight inches above your dresser. This sleek round mirror is a must for contemporary, modern or transitional boudoirs.

From $29.50
Pottery Barn

One accessory that will never go out of style? Sentimental family photos. Add personality and nostalgia to your dresser vignette with a cluster of one to three understated picture frames. Note the keyword here: understated. Skip the overly adorned frames and opt for streamlined nickel, brass, black or this silver design to minimize visual clutter in the space. Fill your picture frames with your most-treasured black-and-white photos to create a seamless, cohesive aesthetic between different moments in time.

From $229
Pottery Barn

When in doubt, add a lamp. Table lamps bring unmatched ambiance, coziness and an endearing warmth to your bedroom design. Invest in a substantial scale table lamp like this textural, chalk-finished design to create height to your vignette and visually bridge the gap between the dresser and the art, mirror or TV mounted overhead.


Bring interest to your dresser display with a chic and shapely vase. This inky vase features a dramatic matte-black finish that will shine on wooden, lacquered or metal-frame dressers alike. Use the vase as a vessel for fresh (or faux!) seasonal blooms or use its fluted neck as unconventional necklace storage.

West Elm

Faux floral stems are another lovely option to build height and bridge the negative space between your dresser and the focal point mounted overhead. This romantic stem boasts a collection of dreamy dogwood blooms and glossy evergreen leaves sure to complement dressers of all styles and finishes. Nestle your stems in a vase of your choice, and don’t forget to reflex the branches and fluff your petals to yield the most convincing finish.

West Elm

Add an unexpected pop of color or eye-catching pattern to your dresser with a catchall dish. These small but mighty dishes offer an easy spot to store easy-to-lose accessories like earrings or cuff links. Style your catchall on a stack of books or nest it within a large lacquered tray for a layered look.


Up the ambiance in your boudoir and bring balance to your dresser vignette in one fell swoop with a set of brass candlesticks. Our secret to achieving that designer je ne sais quoi is incorporating candlesticks with varying heights to create a unique, asymmetrical display. Position the tallest candlestick closest to the edge of your dresser and work your way in towards the center of your dresser with one or two shorter candlesticks. This technique yields the illusion of height and brings an overall balance to your dresser display.

Pottery Barn

Showcase your obsession with fashion, interior design and/or candid dog photography and add dimension to your dresser vignette with glossy coffee table books. Build a collection of books and create neat stacks at the center of your dresser or use a single book as a stylish boost to prop up other decorative accessories. The Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People book is ideal for tastemakers looking for a kick of fiery color in their otherwise neutral bedroom design.


Layer up your new coffee table book or lacquered tray with a neutral wooden bead garland like this beauty. The contrasting colors and texture give your vignette a curated, intentional look reminiscent of a professional designer. Plus, this muted wooden bead garland is budget-friendly and plays well with most interior design styles.


Candles are a no-brainer accessory for your dresser, but you may not have considered investing in a fancy cloche and matches set. Nestle this beautiful smoked-glass cloche next to your latest seasonal candle on your dresser and replenish matches as needed throughout the year. This glossy glass detail reflects surrounding candlelight, creating a captivating focal point after dark.

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