When entertaining in your dining room, are you always wishing there was an area that could give you an extra set of hands, like a staging area? Sideboards do just that. They are a piece of furniture that sits to the side of the dining room table, and enable you to have a display area for food and drink, as well as hold storage of china, flatware and other decorative dining room amenities. If you are looking for a way to enhance your dining room, try adding a beautiful sideboard.

  • Adding color to your dining room: Sideboards come in a variety of styles, and colors for varying decorative styles. One great way to add color to your dining room is through the sideboard. Historically sideboards were made from wood and only the stain varied the color. Today, there are as many materials for sideboards as cabinetry. From slick European finishes in bold colors to traditional painted wood. Your dining room will love that punch of color to enliven the room and give visual support to the dining room table and chairs.
  • Beautiful display area: Even though sideboards are intended to free up your hands when entertaining and serving meals, they also make beautiful display areas. Because sideboards are meant to compliment the dining room table, they typically are left free of clutter. Add visual interest to your dining room when the sideboard isn’t in use for clean lined decorative vases, pottery or small collections. Don’t clutter the sideboard with lots of knick knacks or it will lose its visual interest. A few key elements can make your sideboard a beautiful display area.
  • Don’t forget the storage: The ability for sideboards to have incredible storage may be their best hidden secret! Sideboards will typically have doors to hide drawers or shelves behind. Use this area for seasonal table settings, table linens, candles, and other accessories that don’t always need to be on display. The sideboard storage area is an ideal place to house matches, and candle lighters – so you don’t have to go hunting for them at a dinner party! For dining rooms that need additional storage, consider hanging complimentary wall shelving above the sideboard. Use for storing and displaying family heirlooms and vintage dining room accessories as well.
  • Creative sideboards: While most sideboards tend to be long and rectilinear, there is no set dimension or style for a sideboard, so be creative and unique. Minimalistic sideboards can be small, and have the ability to only hold a few choice decorative items or dinnerware. While a grand dining room can have multiple sideboards in varying sizes.  Choose a style that suits your decorative style and try to tie it into the surrounding furnishings. Since the dining room table is the main attraction of most dining rooms, decide how pronounced you want your sideboard to be and then go for it!

Bringing a sideboard into your dining room can enhance the decor, but also add functional storage and display area. For more eclectic dining rooms, use vintage dressers or furniture that served other uses as a sideboard. Repurposing is a great way to reuse furniture, and you never know what you’ll find at a garage sale. However you decide to enhance your dining room, bring in a sideboard and see how the possibilities become endless!

Freshome readers do you utilize a sideboard in your dining room? We’d love to know what uses you have for it!