WHAT IS A SIDEBOARD?
WHAT IS A SIDEBOARD?
A sideboard is a functional piece of furniture that often features cupboards with shelves and or drawers. This practical furniture piece allows you to display and store a wide variety of home goods and belongings. Traditionally sideboards have been used to store things such as glassware, special crockery and utensils, as well as table linen, vases and centrepieces.
While sideboards are most commonly associated with being displayed in dining rooms, it has now become more acceptable and somewhat trendy to use a sideboard in various rooms in your house. For instance, you can display a sideboard in your kitchen to use for additional storage space for your larger appliances, serving dishes and special crockery and utensils if you do not have space in your dining room.
Sideboards can look fantastic as part of a stylish bedroom setting, they are perfect if you have plenty of space, and can be used for displaying sentimental or decorative ornaments and photo frames, as well as small makeup mirrors and trinket dishes. Alternatively, if your hallway or entryway is larger than average and you wish to capitalise on this large space, you can incorporate a sideboard instead of a smaller hallway table. This provides you with more space to store things out of the way such as shoes, children’s school bags, and much more to ensure your halls are kept completely clutter free.
Every home can benefit from a sideboard, as it’s both a beautiful and functional addition to any space. As well as being a practical piece of furniture, a sideboard can also be extremely stylish. You can use it to express your own personal flare through interior design.
WHERE SHOULD YOU DISPLAY YOUR SIDEBOARD?
CONSIDER THE SPACE CAREFULLY
When purchasing a sideboard, you will need to decide where to place it in your home. This decision will be based on various factors, namely space, style and function. In the majority of homes, sideboards look best in living rooms, hallways and most commonly in dining rooms. However, interior styling and design trends have changed and now sideboards are a great alternative to a larger chest of drawers. Sideboards can fit in beautiful storage baskets and containers for bedding and extra seasonal clothing, as well as store your toiletries and smaller clothing items in the drawers.
At the end of the day, no matter where you decide to display your sideboard , it is imperative that you measure both the sideboard and the space properly before you make the purchase to ensure that it will fit into the space properly without being too big or too small. No matter the size of your space, sideboards of any shape and size add interest and charm to any room and fill empty walls as well as add in that much needed storage space in modern households.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR SIDEBOARD
While sideboards are extremely functional furniture pieces, and are great for keeping your space clutter free, they are even more fun to style. Whether you place your sideboard in your bedroom, living room, hallway or dining room, styling it with various décor items allows you to tie it into the aesthetic of the room and incorporate aspects of your personality and style.
USE SOMETHING ORGANIC ON A SIDEBOARD
Whether your buffet is in the kitchen or in your living room, all sideboards can use a few florals and sprigs of greenery to breathe some life into the space. Buffets and sideboards are the perfect place to add an organic, natural element to the space to soften it, as well as incorporate different colours and textures.
SOME GREENERY GUIDELINES WHEN STYLING YOUR SIDEBOARD
- Incorporate different greenery elements, from pot plants and flowers to stems and succulents
- Seasonal florals are a great way to keep up with colour trends
- If you are using fake plants, it is best to only use faux plants that still look realistic while standing 1 metre away from them to avoid them appearing too fake
USE TALL ITEMS ON EITHER END OF SIDEBOARDS AND BUFFETS
Creating height and symmetry on your sideboard is imperative, and can be created in various ways. Our favourite way to add height to a sideboard is by styling matching side lamps, lanterns or tall, slim candlesticks on either of the sideboard. By styling a lighting pair on the sideboard, you create ambient lighting and create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the space.
Alternatively, a fresher more updated styling approach can be taken when styling your sideboard by using vases or large visually intriguing sculptural ornaments. Our extensive range of sculptural glass, metal, resin and wooden sculptural ornaments allows you to create a matching setting on your sideboard and incorporate different colours, textures and heights into your interior space.
CURATE A COHESIVE COLOUR PALETTE
One easy way to create a buffet or sideboard that has a complete, cohesive look is to incorporate the colours that have been used throughout the room. By bringing in those colours in different ways such as through patterns and textures, it brings the colours through in a subtle yet sophisticated manner.
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