The primary purpose of a sideboard or cabinet is to store dishes, utensils, and other accessories in your dining room or living room. But you’ll miss out on a good opportunity if you don’t decorate such a massive piece of furniture to complement the rest of your interior decor. Fortunately, styling a sideboard or cabinet is easy. Here are a few tips you’ll find helpful.
Consider the style of the sideboard
Sideboards and cabinets come in classic and contemporary styles. Choosing a decorative style that matches the type of cabinet or at least complements it is a good idea. If you have a traditional sideboard, choose traditional decorative pieces that blend perfectly.
Match your tableware
Apart from the sideboard or cabinet, the other big furniture piece in your dining room is probably the dining table. You can style them to look similar by matching the dinnerware on your table with the decorations you add to your sideboard. Beyond matching the colour, you can use identical display bowls on both surfaces or even style the sideboard as a mini bar with drinking glasses and other useful accessories.
Light it up
Bright light makes everything look better, and the cabinet is just an ideal location to place a lamp. It serves the dual purpose of illuminating the accessories you’ve placed on the side broad while providing light for the entire room. Low-wattage lamps with delicate tones are recommended for the best results.
Choose a focal point
Select a centrepiece to anchor the entire arrangement of your other decorative accessories. This can be a large piece of artwork, an oversized vase, or a decorative sculpture. It draws instant attention to the sideboard and sets the tone for the rest of the decor.
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Arrange items on the sideboard in a balanced and visually pleasing way. Place larger items toward the back and centre and the smaller pieces towards the front. You can try arranging items in groups of three too. Mixing and matching the heights and textures makes the arrangement more visually interesting.
Decorate with greenery
A large plant is a perfect addition to any room, and your sideboard is the perfect surface to place table plants. Alternatively, you can place the plants on the floor around the sideboard or hang them on the wall above. Plants with large foliage are recommended, and if you don’t mind a splash of colour, flowering plants might be great. The size, colour, and arrangement of the vases holding the plant can also make the space pop.
Use the space above
Sometimes, decorating your sideboard isn’t just about the furniture itself; the wall space above it is a perfect place to add some eye-catching decorations or artwork. You can personalise the space with family photos, souvenirs from your travels, or other meaningful items that can serve as conversation starters with your guests. Adding a mirror will also brighten the space and create an illusion of space for your room.