Bear with me here. Dress a dresser is the title of this simple creativity, but it could as easily be a shelf or side, don’t be put off. With a few minutes and an eye for composition, a display in your kitchen or dining room can speak life, beauty and creativity! You might think that you need lots of equipment, fancy nick-nacks, seasonal themed items and that creativity at home should take all weekend. – Not so!
I’m not an expert in interior design but I ascribe to the Nester’s ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’ motto. Here are some basic, simple ways that I have dressed my dresser throughout the years, for your inspiration.
When you are next unstacking the dishwasher, take an extra few minutes and dress a dresser or shelf in your kitchen.
If you look at the photos of my dresser below, I have some of the same plates appearing in every season, but every so often I add or take away different items. You don’t need lots of different items for each season, change or add one item, while you tidy away papers and items left on the side.
Dress a dresser Autumn
In the photo above, I have added autumn tones of brown, by using a retro pottery serving dish, hung tractor mugs and displayed a vintage toy tractor for a harvest theme. The recipe books and red and yellow toned, and I added a seasonal sunflower in a green jug. You’ll note the wooden hearts that stay all year!
In the first photo, it’s even more simple with a seasonal tea towel, a bowl of apples and my leaf heat pad. Some gathered wheat stems from a walk and a munchkin.
For Easter I have added green side plates in front of neutral white plates, egg cups and a pottery cockerel, a greenish toned bowl. Pink toned recipe books and the pink floral mug front and centre. Also tulips in a cream jug for spring flowers!
This is another Spring dresser, where I have added a pink and green hanging heart, a spring chalkboard, and the green cockerel. Also a picnic basket on top for all those spring picnics (that we never actually use that basket for – ssh!)
For Christmas, the green side plates are away, the chalkboard has changed and I’ve added mini white jugs and a large white fluffy wreath. Small and simple changes.
Another Christmas, I used four matching dinner plates, added more white and silver wares – the teapot, jug, and serving dish, a green coke bottle, green toned vase with eucalyptus, and a green rosemary wreath. I added a candle with green ribbon and some white Christmas decorations and another chalkboard design.
You don’t need to spend a long time on this type of display, it’s just a case of changing it up once in a while and remembering that this is creative. All my items, when not on display, live in the cupboard below, no special extra storage needed.
Dresser a dresser tips
- Think of adding an extra accent colour (could be for the season – green for spring, silver or gold for Christmas) or one that tones with your current scheme.
- Add one large eye catching item, (like large jug of flowers, large plate, one large bowl)
- Take away and store something that might be practical but not fit the colour or look right.
- Add one thing that speaks of the season to you.
Play with colour, scale, season, and if your home is anything like ours, our dishes, glasses and mugs get broken often enough that a change in display is often required anyway!