I love giving the surfaces in my house a good switcharoo. Let’s pop that here, this there and god knows where we should place that ugly old vase I’ve kept just for the simple fact that we seem to have a vase shortage in this house. I love switching things around, and I do it perhaps a little all too often for Jordan’s liking which often requires giving him a twice weekly lowdown on where I’ve moved various items to that he may or may not happen to need/use. So I’d like to think I’ve had some practice at putting things in good/ideal/useful/pretty ways and I’ve come to know exactly what I like and what I don’t like, especially when it comes to styling certain surfaces.
Take my chest of drawers in our bedroom for example, we have two of these chest of drawers and a taller chest of 6 drawers too, all from the Ikea Malm range and all in a row across one wall. That started off as a pretty large surface area, until we filled it with our TV (our walls are plasterboard due to the house being rennovated so I’m too scared to put it on the wall although I would love to!) and now that we’ve just switched to Virgin TV and internet, there’s a Virgin Tivo box sitting on the tall narrow chest of drawers as well. So that leaves just a single chest of drawers to house some pretty items. Nevertheless, I’m rather happy with how it looks so I thought I’d share some of my personal must-do’s that might come in handy when deciding how to style your chest of drawers (or other surfaces in your house)…
Have a focal point: There must be a focal point, whether it’s something on the wall like I’ve done with the wicker heart and the 3D framed butterfly picture (my mum made this and is in the process of starting to sell similar ones, isn’t it rather lovely!?), or a stand out vase or ornament in the middle, just something that could be the main focus of the area. I’ve even used some artificial flowers on one side to help frame and draw your eye to this area further.
Use a variety of heights: I can’t stand it when there’s a super tall vase on one side and then a small little tea light holder on the other, it just looks…odd. Can you see how my table lamp and lantern on either side are similar heights? Play around with different heights in different places, it really does make a huge difference to the overall appearance of things.
Keep to a colour scheme: Teal/blue, white and black is the colour scheme of our master bedroom and you should stick to a colour scheme even on your surfaces. Try to use fairly equal amounts of each colour and don’t place all items of the colour together, perhaps try a white one next to a teal one, then followed by a black one to break things up a little.
Have a line of objects towards the back: I don’t find this matters as much if you have patterned wallpaper behind your chest of drawers but if it’s plain I love to place my decorative items directly in front of the wall, practically in a line along the back of the chest of drawers. A gallery wall where the photo frames come down low towards your surfaces would work and look lovely too!
Less isn’t always more: I’m not a minimalist, I like homely lived in (but still neat and tidy!) houses and whilst I’m also not big on clutter, I do appreciate lots of little things arranged nicely. Perhaps some special items that remind you of good memories or places you’ve been to visit, a bit of greenery to breathe some life into the area or some lovely candles to burn and create a beautiful scent which leisurely floats throughout your home (I personally love vanilla or tropical/fruity candle scents the best!).
Are there certain things you tend to do when arranging items on a chest of drawers, sideboard or any surfaces in your home? Do you agree with what I’ve said or do you do something entirely different altogether?