What do you put on top of an armoire? How do you decorate the top of a bookcase? Here are 7 tips for decorating the tops of tall furniture
Do you have a tall piece of furniture in your home: an armoire, a bookcase, a hutch, or even a set of lockers? Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to decorate the tops of these pieces. Hopefully after today you won’t have to wonder anymore! Here are 7 Ideas for Decorating the Tops of Armoires, Bookcases (and any tall furniture).
7 Ideas for Decorating the Tops of Armoires, Bookcases (and any tall furniture)
Place One Large Accessory on Top
This idea is a classic. Place one large accessory on the top of your tall furniture, so it fills almost the entire space. A basket, an interesting crate, something that is open on the top. Then fill it with quilts, wool plaid blankets, dried hydrangeas, ferns; anything textural. Simple and classic.
If your large accessory doesn’t quite fill up the whole space, add something on either side. This is a great way to get extra storage, while still looking pretty.
Feature a Collection on the Top of Tall Furniture
The top of a large piece of furniture is the perfect place to feature a collection of medium-sized accessories. You can enjoy seeing your collection without having the clutter of it down low on a tabletop.
My collection of milk glass pedestal bowls often end up displayed like this. Their color is neutral, and it’s easier than finding a storage place for my big collection!
Here are some collection display ideas:
- cake plates
- wooden crates
- vintage toolboxes
Style your collection with different levels, using books or small boxes to get various heights. This is a great way to keep your low down tabletops more clear for function, yet still enjoy all those wonderful vintage collections!
Create a Vignette Story with your Display
Start with three anchor accessories that all have something in common, a theme. Stand and place them in an appealing way. You could add two more; odd numbers are best. Then fill in and around with textures like artificial plants, rolled blankets and other fillers.
Hang an Architectural or Wall Art Accent Behind
To add depth to your display, hang or lean an architectural accent or wall art behind the display you create. You don’t want this piece to be the main character, just a supporting actor. You can also hang a garland or a sign on it for even more interest.
When Decorating the Tops of Armoires, Size Matters
The top of an armoire, bookcase, hutch or any tall piece of furniture is not the place to show off your small accessories. Choose medium to large accessories to display. Small items will get lost; you can feature them inside the hutch or on the bookcase. At the top, focus on larger-scaled items.
Think About Texture When Styling your Display
Large pieces of furniture are a big mass of hardscape in your home, whether they are wood or metal. To balance that out, choose accessories with a different texture. Metal accessories look great on a wood piece; pottery and old wood looks amazing on a metal piece. Finish it off with plenty of organic textures to soften the edges: faux plants, dried flowers, linens, branches, sticks. Your organic fillers can reflect what season you are in.
Let There Be Light at the Top
Definitely optional, but adding a light source up high can add amazing ambiance to your room’s decor. A small lamp can be tucked into your vignette, or a string of fairy lights can be woven through faux foliage. Having light up high adds a special treat to a room, and will ensure your pretty display gets noticed at night.
If you’ve ever struggled with how to decorate the top of your tall furniture pieces, I hope these tips gave you plenty of ideas. Living in a space-challenged home, I love being able to enjoy my larger accessories up high without sacrificing precious square feet and table space down below. And you’ve got the storage or display space inside the piece of furniture, too! Win, win.
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