24 Ways to Style Chest of Drawers

No matter what size or shape your room is, or what you use it for, there are plenty of innovative things you can do to make your chest of drawers a stand-out feature. Read on for 24 inspirational ways to style your chest of drawers.

1. Open up a corner by adding height

Grey painted chest of drawers

St Ives Chest of Drawers

If you have a corner-positioned chest of drawers and want to create height and add visual interest a tall vase with slender flowers, dried or fresh, is a great idea. Accompany with a gathering of smaller accessories that enrich the overall look. We love how these classic pieces complement the simple, rustic chic of this beautiful natural oak chest.

2. Display artwork while optimising space

light oak bedroom chest of drawers

Tokyo Chest of Drawers

Chests of drawers are a great way to display artwork providing you get the balance right. For larger pieces position on the surface or hang around 8 inches above so it isn’t too removed from the rest of the display. Add a few minimalist accessories and a rug in neutral tones to draw the eye in.

3. Reclaim a corner with a bold and personal touch

chest of drawers in bedroom with photo frame on top

Bevel Chest of Drawers

By combining a statement artwork with some of your favourite jewellery or trinkets, you can add personality and character to even the smallest corners of your room. Make sure the pieces are spaced evenly and don’t overwhelm the surface area. Consider adding accessories in complementing colours on the adjacent furniture to optimise the space further.

4. Create a beautiful ensemble

rustic style bedroom furniture set

Original Rustic Chest of Drawers

For those who love styling that simply flows throughout the space, selecting a few complimentary pieces from the same range or in similar woods brings a wonderful cohesion to your decor. Combined with the country cottage chic of the accessories, the solid oak kingsize bed, double wardrobe and bedside table from our ever-popular Original Rustic range creates a fresh, airy space you’ll love to come home to.

5. Revel in nature from the comfort of your bedroom

wooden bedroom furniture

Romsey Chest of Drawers

Whatever the season, introducing some nature-inspired elements into your scheme adds a beautiful freshness to your room. We love how the botanical theme extends throughout the bedroom, bringing out the sunny tones in the timber of these pieces from our Romsey range. If your space can accommodate it, positioning your dressing table by the window is a great idea for making the most of the natural light. You can increase the sense of space with a mirror. Shop the full solid oak Romsey range today.

6. Create visual interest by varying height

Dark wood chest of drawers

Cranbrook Chest of Drawers

To create visual interest, include items in various heights to create visual balance and draw the eye upward, making the space around your dresser feel larger. Tall table lamps, vases or artwork are easy ways to do this.

7. Relax in floral freshness

White painted bedroom furniture

Shay Chest of Drawers

Bring the springtime into your bedroom all year round by placing a beautiful bloom on your chest of drawers. Emphasise the display by positioning a mirror to the side, or behind, and match with floral accessories or wall hangings.

8. Define a space with bold lines

chest of drawers topped with colourful accessories

Bevel Chest of Drawers

Bring out the beautiful simplicity of our more contemporary oak furniture with some strategically placed artworks in statement frames. Add smaller pieces to the side and on the floor to break up the display and create balance.

9. Create harmony with lower pieces

Grey painted chest of drawers

St Ives Chest of Drawers

Long, lower chests of drawers are wonderful spaces for displaying your treasures. By staggering the height of these accessories as well as the wall hangings you reclaim some height and get the best of both worlds.

10. Create a soft finish

chest of drawers with curved edges

Orrick Chest of Drawers

A great way to complement a chest of drawers with rounded edges is to opt for a few softly-contoured decorations like these lovely ceramic pieces. The flowers add further interest and freshness with their colours accentuated by the plinth and jewellery.

11. Incorporate different textures

light oak chest of drawers against geometric wallpaper

Hercules Chest of Drawers

This chest of drawers creates a wonderful impact in any room. By accessorising with wall hangings and accessories in bold and interesting textures you’ll create a display that’s full of character but doesn’t overwhelm your space.

12. Add warmth with minimalism

Scandinavian long chest of drawers

Oslo Chest of Drawers

Minimalism needn’t mean compromising on warmth. These elegant bottles, combined with the slim frame and tapered legs of our Oslo Chest of Drawers, create a welcoming, well-balanced display, particularly against the rich, vibrant hue of the wall.

13. Incorporate trays to display smaller objects

Scandinavian style chest of drawers

Oslo Chest of Drawers

If display space is at a premium use a tray to keep your bits and bobs in place while providing room for the pieces around it. By carefully positioning all the objects to balance the varying heights and shapes you can ensure the area doesn’t look cluttered.

14. Create a sanctuary with calm neutrals

sage green chest of drawers

Brindle Chest of Drawers

This is a great idea for both bedrooms and bathrooms. By positioning a chest of drawers in front of neutral colours and incorporating some glass or ceramic accessories in similar hues, you’ll enjoy the sense of sanctuary and respite you’ve been waiting for.

15. Get the New York loft look

Industrial style chest of drawers

Brooklyn Chest of Drawers

If you love the modern, industrial look but want to keep a softness to your living space, combine pieces from our popular Brooklyn range with smooth, minimalist ceramics, soft furnishings and floor decor. Shop the full Brooklyn range today.

16. Add depth with metallic hints

white painted chest of drawers

Arlette Chest of Drawers

The dark metal buttons on this beautiful Chest of Drawers from our Arlette range really do deserve their moment to shine. By adding a simple metallic element to your surface decoration you can let them do just that.

17. Make the most of your alcove

rustic chest of drawers

Hercules Chest of Drawers

We absolutely love how the striking presence of our Hercules Chest of Drawers owns this alcoved space. Create further height and space by adding accessories in different heights and subtly contrasting shades and textures.

18. Celebrate your natural light

oak chest of drawers

Rivermead Chest of Drawers

By selecting good quality oak furniture with warm hues and adding some neutral ceramics or accessories you can optimise your natural light, no matter what size and shape your room. Delicate plants with far-reaching stems or generous blooms will also help add space.

19. Add freshness with delicate blues

Blue bedroom with painted bedroom furniture

Kemble Chest of Drawers

Our elegant Kemble range brings a holiday airiness to any room of the home. Pick out the subtle lavender undertones of the painted solid oak with dusky blues throughout your scheme. Shop the full Kemble range today.

20. Have fun with bold shapes

White chest of drawers with white accessories

Hove Chest of Drawers

Don’t you just love the way the unusual shape of the accessories complements the retro modern feel of our Hove Chest of Drawers? Add in a geometric artwork or two and you’ve got a display to be truly proud of.

21. Create contrast with your painted wood

white oak painted chest of drawers, with accessories

Hove Chest of Drawers

Add impact to a chalk white piece by positioning it in front of a deeply-toned wall or panel. If the space feels reduced add some light accessories, plants or flowers.

22. Embrace Scandi chic

Grey painted chest of drawers with scandi accessories

Kemble Chest of Drawers

Scandi chic continues to enjoy huge popularity, and with good reason. Create your own little hygge oasis by adding some wool or natural fibre accessories alongside deep, comforting pieces with smooth lines and the odd metallic hint. Light some candles for the full cosy ambience.

23. Light up your space with a lamp

light wood chest of drawers

Alto Chest of Drawers

Even the lightest of rooms will benefit from a well-positioned lamp. It’s far more relaxing to prepare for bed with a lamp rather than an overhead light, after all. Make sure the size of your lamp complements your chest of drawers as well as the overall look and feel of your scheme.

24. Bring the ocean breeze to your space

White painted chest of drawers with rustic wooden bed

Kemble Chest of Drawers

Make every day a holiday with this gorgeous beachside scheme. The combination of a beautiful light-painted Chest of Drawers with the warm-toned bed from our French Farmhouse collection creates a coastal chic feel you’ll love. We can almost hear the gulls….

We hope these tips have given you some inspiration for how to style your chest of drawers. Why not kickstart your journey today and shop some chests of drawers near you.