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Sophisticated Sideboards Style Guide

Sophisticated Sideboards Style Guide

Sideboards date back to the 18th Century and were traditionally used in the dining room to store crockery and cutlery and to serve food from. Nowadays, they are used in living rooms, hallways and anywhere else that storage, a horizontal surface for placing items on or some extra space for displaying mementos is required. A sideboard can even be used as a chest of drawers in the bedroom or a desk in a home office.

When choosing a sideboard, you will want to take into account the desired location and any existing furniture already in situ. The sideboard does not have to match but the style should complement what is already there. You should also consider how much space in the sideboard should be dedicated to storage compared to display. In a dining room, storing crockery as is traditional, helps to free up space in kitchen cupboards, which is perfect for those with small kitchens. In the living room on the other hand, more display shelves might be handy for photographs, ornaments and even pot plants.

1. The Statement Sideboard

A sideboard doesn’t have to blend into the background. Provided the style is complementary to existing décor, it can be a focal point and even a conversation opener. The industrial style of our Aviator sideboard makes quite a statement and as it is available in a choice of copper, brass or jet silver, it will blend with other metals according to your current interior design theme.

Aviator Industrial Sideboard


2. The Mid-Century Modern Sideboard

Mid-Century Modern, along with other retro styles, has been en vogue for years and looks set to continue in popularity. The simple, curved lines lend an iconic edge to any room. For those who love this style, we have an entire collection dedicated to the best Mid-Century Modern pieces or you can pair your sideboard with vintage pieces from second-hand shops or auction sites. The natural oak of our Tambour sideboard is set off beautifully with a pot plant or vase of flowers on top.

Tambour Solid Oak Sideboard


3. The Designer Sideboard

When there are pretty items to display and you want more than just storage space, something a little different is what’s needed. Our Z-Designer Solid Oak Sideboard is eye-catching, with three neatly concealed drawers alongside four glass display shelves. Chunky and chic, this sideboard is sure to catch the attention of visitors whilst providing a home for bits and bobs that you want to keep safe or out of sight.

Z Oak Designer Small Sideboard


4. The Painted Sideboard

Period houses in particular often have high ceilings that can be extremely beneficial for creating extra storage space. Rather than using up valuable floor space, going tall fills wall space that would otherwise be void. If you know that you’re the type to constantly put things on top of the wardrobe, creating dusty clutter, this is the wardrobe for you. In planning the hanging space compared to shelf and drawer space, be sure to allow for the fact that the least used items will need to be stored at the top, because it is harder to reach.

Mottisfont Painted Provence Sideboard


5. The Versatile Sideboard

If you’re in the fortunate situation of having more than one wardrobe and are the owner of lots of dresses, a full hanging wardrobe is brilliant for keeping them all together and thereby freeing up space in the main wardrobe. In this situation, the main wardrobe can be a combination of half height hanging rails, shelves, drawers and shoe compartments. Some couples may in this situation be able to share the main wardrobe, which can be a much more beneficial use of space than having the more common ‘his and hers’ separate wardrobes.