How to Style the Wall Above a Dresser?

Styling the wall above a dresser and a sideboard lets you create a unique focal point that captures the essence of your coastal-inspired haven. This wall offers a wonderful opportunity to infuse personality and style into your space. If you’re captivated by the calming allure of coastal style, you’re in luck! In this article, we’ll explore various ideas and strategies to style above a dresser (or sideboard, or console table) for that perfect coastal look.

Let’s dive in.

1. Embrace the Coastal Color Palette:

One of the defining features of a coastal look is its soothing color palette inspired by the ocean, sand, and sky. Just by painting your bedroom walls in white or soft shades of blue and even adding wallpaper or shiplap you create a serene backdrop. As you style above your dresser, consider incorporating these colors into your decor elements and choosing colors that match the main tone of the room.

2. What to Put Above a Dresser?


A mirror it’s not only functional, especially in areas like an entryway or a bedroom, but it also adds dimension to your space, making a small space look larger and brighter, since it creats the illusion of a passage, and because it reflects natural light. So it’s a good solution for small areas like hallways, small foyers, and windowless areas.

Opt for a large wall mirror, rectangular or round. As for the frame:

For a classic coastal look: Whether it’s Hamptons, coastal grandmother or coastal french, ccoastal chic, hoose a polished white wood frame, or a brass or silver frame, to add elegance and luxury. Coordinate it with other decor pieces around the room, like picture frames, light fixtures, trays.

For a beach, rustic or country coastal look: Choose a weathered or whitewashed frame to exude coastal charm, natural fibers or driftwood.

For a modern coastal style: Choose simple lines and polish or glossy finishes. It can be brass, silver and even weathered wood, or a frameless mirror. This will create a sense of openness while maintaining a balanced aesthetic.

Gallery Wall

Craft a personalized gallery wall above your dresser, in the bedroom, foyer or living room, using a collection of coastal-inspired prints, pictures or framed seashells and other sea life.

Create symmetry with a set of frames, and avoid the mix and match gallery wall trend which creates visual clutter. Remember: coastal style is simple, organized and serene. The key is to achieve a cohesive look, so choose frames with the same size and style and display them in an organized way, like a horizontal or vertical rectangle, a square or, if you want something different, a hexagon.

To choose a frame, follow the suggestions above for the mirror.

Coastal Wall Art

Consider investing in a large canvas depicting a serene coastal scene.

This could be a beach at sunset, waves gently lapping the shore, or a rowboat resting on the sand. You can find printable images online for free and paid that you can print in a large poster. If you’re artsy maybe you can paint something yourself.

Such a focal piece instantly transports your mind to the seaside and sets the tone for the entire space.

For the frame, again follow the same tips as for the mirror. But let’s talk about picture styles for different coastal looks.

Classic Coastal (Hamptons or Coastal Chic):

These images are available on Pexels

Beachy, Rustic or Country Coastal:

These are available on Pixabay

Modern Coastal:

Abstract background of bright blue color ink diffusing slowly in clear water on white background

Nautical Wall Decor

Nautical wall decor doesn’t have to be tacky. In fact, some nautical elements can look very classy and fit the classic coastal style and the traditional Hamptons look. Things like nautical gear (metal compasses and anchor miniatures, different nautical knots) displayed in one frame or gallery wall to keep it organized and focused can look very classic.

Or a statement piece, like fish sculptures, a large compass, something that makes a focal point.

Rope or Driftwood Decor

This works best with beach, rustic,country coastal styles and can be DIYed. Incorporate natural textures like rope or driftwood into your dresser wall decor.

Create a wall hanging using pieces of driftwood and rope. Or cover a cheap mirror with driftwood sticks, or rope. These elements not only add texture they create a coastal atmosphere.

3. Width and Height to Style the Wall Above a Dresser

How Wide Should the Wall Decor be?

A good rule is that the composition (be it one piece or a gallery wall) is at least half the length of the dresser or sideboard; 2/3 of it and no wider than 3/4 of that length.

So to get the minimum size, divide the length of the dresser by 2. To define the 2/3 multiply the length by 0.66 and to get the 3/4 multiply the same length by 0.75.

Balancing Elements

Achieving a coastal look involves finding a balance between decorative elements. If you’re going for a gallery wall, offset its complexity with a larger, simpler mirror or piece of art. Conversely, if you’re focusing on a statement piece, such as a sizable coastal painting, keep the surrounding decor minimalistic to let the artwork shine.

Maintain Visual Symmetry

For a polished look, maintain symmetry above your dresser. This symmetry creates a sense of order that is often associated with coastal design.

Personal Touches

Lastly, incorporate your own mementos from beach vacations, seashells you’ve collected, or photographs taken by the sea. These personal touches infuse your space with memories and a genuine connection to the coast.

Putting It All Together:

Styling above a dresser is an exciting opportunity to create a coastal oasis within.

By incorporating mirrors, wall art, nautical accents, and natural textures, you can capture the calming essence of the seaside. Remember, the key to achieving a coastal look lies in the careful selection of decor elements, color palette, and maintaining a harmonious balance.

With these ideas in mind, you’re well on your way to transforming your bedroom into a tranquil coastal haven that’s both stylish and soothing.

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