What color dressers should I use in the master bedroom?

I'm not a big fan of matching bedroom sets. In my opinion they lack personality and simply say, "Yep. I went to a furniture store and got everything in one stop." I like to mix and match pieces so a room looks collected over time. However, with that being said, I'm a little stuck on which direction to go in our master bedroom. Currently we have a dark headboard and a distressed yellow nightstand. The plan is to get another yellow nightstand for the other side of the bed, but my question is -- what color dresser/chest of drawers should I get? Would white/ivory go well with the rest of the room? Or should it be more along the lines of the headboard? Or maybe something completely different. Any design help is greatly appreciated.
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  • Tudyrunningwater Tudyrunningwater on Dec 03, 2014
    with the like for 2 yellow pieces you can go whimsicle , with a turgurise, or even a dark burgundy
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Dec 03, 2014
    I would get a dresser in a color that goes with both the yellow & the dark headboard. I agree with the red but would do a dark teal blue instead of the turquoise.
  • Jen R Jen R on Dec 03, 2014
    I agree with both previous comments - something in the blue or red family would look great. I want to also add a dark wood piece would also compliment the room. I agree with you, I don't like my pieces to match too much, but have found if you keep in the same stain color, it ties together nicely. Good luck, you are off to a great start!
  • Sharon Reynolds Sharon Reynolds on Dec 03, 2014
    I also agree with the previous comments, and I notice u have a lot of pillows and gorgeous bedding...are u going to change any of that?...I have found that pulling your 1 or 2 favorite colors from your bedding is what will make ur room pop in the direction that suits u to a tea....relieves the stress of what do I do now, and makes it totally your own nest....and it brings the room together into your comfort zone....not what the rest of us want for u....get my drift?....LOL....don't just be trendy, but make it your own....having said all that good luck...cant wait to see what u do!!!......
  • LibrarianTellsAll LibrarianTellsAll on Dec 03, 2014
    I like an eclectic mix of bedroom furniture, too. But I like to unify mismatched pieces with one color or finish. So I would vote for a dresser in the same finish as the bed. With a dark wood bed, orange-ish wood baseboards, and yellow nightstands, I'd keep it simple with the next piece of furniture. P.S. I like the way your bedspread mimics the wallpaper pattern!
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    • Bonnie Bonnie on Dec 04, 2014
      @Kelly | This Old Colonial Home I DID think it was wallpaper....GREAT job!! It looks wonderful!
  • Trudy Trudy on Dec 03, 2014
    How about a pop of color. Burnt orange or pretty pink not dusty but not neon. Maybe something like that would "brighten" the room but keep it pretty still.
  • Jaynie Jaynie on Dec 03, 2014
    Personally, I'd stay with the color of the headboard. That said, some kind of a glass front or crackle glass fronts on the dressers would be a stunner. A pop of bright color on a wall would be hip too. 8;>
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Dec 03, 2014
    @Kelly | This Old Colonial Home I too like eclectic furniture pieces, it adds interest to a room and indicates the care taken to put the room together. I also agree with the two comments above. I would go for a colour that matches the bed to bring it together . Too many colours would make it look like a second thought and quick thrift store put together - nothing wrong with that but they need something to unify them which in this case is likely the colour. I also agree with adding a colour pop with throw cushions, throws and wall hangings. Do let us know what you do - hopefully with a pic. Thanks for posting.
  • Thank you everyone for all your suggestions! No one mentioned white so I guess that's definitely out. Haha! I've been leaning toward Ikea's Hemnes dresser/chest simply due to its affordability. I think the brown or maybe even the navy blue would look nice. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90239276/#/40239274 I can always spruce it up by changing out the hardware. And I plan to add some wall art using the colors in the pillows. I'll keep you posted (though I know it won't be until after the holidays)! Thanks again!
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    • Lisa O. Lisa O. on Jan 13, 2015
      I am also leaning towards the navy blue of the pillow shams, like Kelly suggested. I think it would blend in very nicely and create a nice calming atmosphere for a bedroom. @
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Dec 04, 2014
    Hi Kelly, I have seen dressers done in a distressed midnight or navy blue and they look fabulous!! A nice deep country red looks great, too; but it looks like from your bedding that you lean toward blues and soft yellows. (I absolutely love that printed pillow on the right!)You're right, No white furniture with that type of headboard....ha! Keep the white for the window treatment to go with that pillow! You could also stencil or trim your bedside tables with the same color as you decide for the dresser and pull it all together without it looking like a "matched set"..... It's a cooly elegant look you've started there, be sure to show after pics, please!
  • Donna Demmers Donna Demmers on Dec 04, 2014
    a mirrored dresser,
  • Caroline Doherty Caroline Doherty on Dec 05, 2014
    Given the shimmer and tone of the wall paper , you could old white chakl paint and slightly antique the bed head and go with a chalk painted other night stand of any complimentary colour, or look a t the metallics. The colour of the bed timber is the problem in this room I feel.
  • Lori Lori on Dec 13, 2014
    If you go with the Ikea furniture you could do navy dresser and a soft grey from the bedding on the drawer fronts. I like the simplicity of Ikea things and if grey is the wrong colour, re paint.
  • I also do not care for ' matchy -matchy furniture...having had in years past ( decades ago. lol )I have almost that same bed ( its known as a " rice bed" and it will be done in a cream chalk paint finish, soon as time allows. ..I had a set of two French provincial style pieces of furniture. ..they were that yellow color , one a three drawer dresser thing ( lol ) and a cabinet with drawers. I did them Paris Grey and distressed slightly and did some ' pearl' looking accent on the trim. I always get comments on how they look . Those are my nightstands. Lots of storage and function. I also did my bedroom make up table, in a cream white , and it looks fine with the nightstands. I suggest to chalk paint your bed , a creamy color , to ' lighten up the look' of the room ...; I agree with the comment that the color of the bed ( wood) is part of the issue in tying it all together ..and I think it would provide a good canvas for your bedding ensemble. I love that table next to your bed, and you did an awesome job on your walls ! I see your comment about the ' white' but I believe it would be too stark. White comes in MANY hues and shades, so thats why I suggested a creamy toned white...like a ' buttermilk ' color, perhaps. Its a great color for blending in different tomes of furniture and textile colors. :)
  • Karen Karen on Mar 01, 2015
    We have the same beds. One of my side tables match the bed and the other is in a off white color. My bedroom set came with matching dresser and men's chest which I kept. I agree with adding another color to your room. A pop of wine looks good with the navy and yellow. Maybe a picture over the bed could tie in all the other colors. I went with a gold tapestry bedspread & wine as the accent color around the room. Two different lamps on the side tables. Also a oriental rug in front of the bed with off white, wine, gold and teal.
  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 27, 2024

    Chocolate Brown looks great with Navy.