We have a large armoire in our bedroom that currently houses my personal assortment of all things girly- heels, baubles, handbags and scents. I love that my little collection shutters up quite nicely when I want things put away and though it's far from a showpiece, frankly I've become a little spoiled by this behemoth workhorse and would have a hard time parting with it now. But designing our bedroom around it has put me on the fence about it several times. Lately, I've looked to the interwebs for a bit of inspiration on how to style up my currently unadorned piece and collected a few observations that might help you solve a similar design dilemma for cabinets and plant ledges that don't quite reach the ceiling, but look a little unattended in the absence of anything on top.
I've seen several designs now that incorporated small collections of pottery or artifacts to top off an armoire. An off-center grouping, similar in color and varied in size makes good use of the space, while creating an interesting visual.
My apprehension with topping off our armoire has a lot to do with creating clutter - probably bad memories of dusty baskets and fake greenery that was once a go-to pairing. I certainly would want any objects to make sense in our bedroom design plan and I'll probably take the less is more approach with any objects. I like how Emily Henderson kept the visual clean by using only a few objects in varying heights to draw the eye upward and fill the space over the cabinet above.
|Katie Brown via Country Home|
Creating a focal point above the cabinet works to diminish anything lacking in the piece itself. Stand alone, large scale artwork is a dramatic distraction, especially when used above shorter pieces that still have quite a bit of negative space above them.
|Ariele Alaskso / Isaiah Palmer via Design Sponge|
One idea I had not considered is to create dimension by using both the background or adjacent wall space in addition to the top of the piece itself. Even better- a swing arm lamp would help break up the boxy shape of the armoire, while allowing for a little mood lighting when wanted.