Written by Becca Green

How to style your dressing table

Dressing tables can become messy and unorganised. Take a look at our top styling tips on how to get yours Instagram-ready.

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Whether your dressing table is situated in your bedroom, a spare bedroom or a dedicated dressing room. It’s important that it is a place that brings you joy and happiness as we all inevitably spend a lot of time there. We spoke to interior designer Vanessa Arbuthnott who revealed how to perfectly style your dressing table.

1. Create a focal point

Your dressing table needs something large on the wall to provide a visual balance. If your dresser is underneath a window then nothing is needed but if not, you could hang a large mirror, this will also make your bedroom look bigger. Another option is to hang a single piece of artwork or a collection of smaller pictures, this will make your dressing room look chic and add depth.

2. Incorporate tall items

You should add something tall to stand next to your hanging mirror or artwork. A second lamp would work well, if your bedroom already has a bedside lamp you should go for a tall houseplant or a tall pillar candle. This adds character to your dresser and creates a balance with your focal point.

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3. Use trays

The best way to keep everything organised on a dressing table is to keep them in order on a tray. Have a different tray for makeup and for jewellery, instead of having everything tangled up in drawers means you can find everything when you need to. If your dressing table is small, choose one with plenty of drawer space and buy drawer dividers.

4. Carefully consider lighting

When you are getting ready, lighting is very important. A Hollywood style mirror will allow you to get ready with perfect lighting. If you wish to add some atmosphere, then go for mood lightning hung above your ceiling, this will save surface space for more items on your dresser.

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Image: Vanessa Arbuthnott  

5. Sit pretty

The chair for your dresser is important – choose one which has texture and colour, so it stands out in the bedroom. You can even add a different texture such as fur to your current chair, so you feel warm whilst you’re getting ready. Make sure your chair isn’t too big for your dressing table and room as it will make it look chaotic and cluttered.

6. Be inspired

Your dresser is your personal space, it should describe everything about you. You can fill your table with things that make you happy, photo frames, candles, mirrors and memorabilia. Keeping a few books and magazines close means you will always have inspiration on hand.


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