5 Elements of a Perfect Primping Station

Break the monotony of your morning routine by creating a dedicated space for primping and pampering. By incorporating the 5 Elements of a Perfect Primping Station you will be sitting…

Break the monotony of your morning routine by creating a dedicated space for primping and pampering. By incorporating the 5 Elements of a Perfect Primping Station you will be sitting pretty in no time!
Element 1 – Lots of Natural Light and Task Lighting
Try to position your dressing table near a window for the benefit of natural sunlight. If you don’t have access to a window, purchase daylight bulbs which simulate the effect of natural white light. Positioning your table so that you receive lighting overhead and on either side of the mirror helps to eliminate shadows. Shadow-free lighting is best when grooming and applying makeup.

Element 2 – Uncluttered Counter Space
A few trinkets or photos are okay, but don’t overwhelm your space with irrelevant items. Consider displaying additional photos or inspirational items on the surrounding wall.

Element 3 – Access to Electrical Outlets
If your morning routine consists of blow drying, flat irons, or curling irons having easy access to an electrical outlet is extremely convenient and prevents you from interrupting your beauty ritual to plug-in elsewhere.

Element 4 – Ample Storage
Styling tools, cosmetics, perfumes, lotions, and jewelry consume precious space and require proper storage in order to maintain a well-organized primping station. The custom vanity in the above image has more storage than most. If you don’t have the luxury of drawer space, hide additional items underneath a skirted table.

Element 5 – Comfortable Seating
Choose a beautiful and comfortable chair that fits neatly underneath your table. Make sure your chair does not leave you sitting too low too or far from the mirror. Unfortunately, vanity chairs are not designed with ergonomics in mind. When shopping for a chair, choose one that sits like a dining room chair which generally has the ideal seat height and a chair back.

*As an added bonus, install a full-length mirror nearby so you can admire your complete look from head to toe.

Need more eye candy? See below images for additional primping station inspiration!

Dressing tables are available in all decor styles from Art-Deco to Ultra Modern.

You can create a primping station just about anywhere as long as you use daylight bulbs (quick substitute for natural daylight) found at your local home improvement store.

{images courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens,
commentary by Erika Ward for BluLabel Bungalow}

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  • Mimi Scarlett
    August 27, 2009 4:04 am

    Great inspiration. Even better to know that a primping area can be created within a minimal sized space.

  • Patti Davis
    May 4, 2010 8:26 pm

    Swoon worthy! I saw you briefly at SCAD-Atlanta the other evening but I was wearing new shoes and had to get home. Love the blog!! Patti

  • Tonia {Chic Modern Vintage}
    May 4, 2010 8:51 pm

    I'm gathering my things for my dressing table project, right along with other projects I have in the works.

  • Gail (A Fresh Start Organizing)
    May 4, 2010 11:45 pm

    Girl, I have died and gone to heaven…if only it existed in my own home. I would take any of them!

  • oh… i love the first inspiration picture… so pretty. thank you.


  • Talking with Tami
    May 5, 2010 1:16 pm

    I loove all the spaces, fun stuff!

  • Redesign Diva
    May 5, 2010 1:19 pm

    YEAH YEAH YEAH! I am redoing my home office and including a "primping station". I was toying with the table skirt idea. Thanks for this post! It inspired me, because I was "through"! Thanks tons!

  • ashlina {the decorista}
    May 5, 2010 8:19 pm

    this is amazing. i tweeted it. 🙂

  • Justice Fergie
    May 6, 2010 1:01 am

    ooooo, how badly do I want a primping station?? i'm working on one now. my husband "vetoed" my vanity request, so i'm trying to be creative. LOVE the first inspiration.

  • Killer post! I have a pretty primping station but it can so totally use your help! Such inspiration! Marija

  • Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    May 8, 2010 1:18 pm

    I've always wanted a vanity or other special area for primping. All of these images are stunning. Now I want one even more!

  • Oooh, these vanities are soooo gorge!!! I have one that I love from Fortunoff, but now I want something new, having seen these. Sooo feminine and dainty.


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