The term 'sideboard' can seem a like catch-all for describing a range of furniture items, but they're often small tables or buffets that offer space for decor, storage, and art. Sideboards are great additions to spaces like the living room, dining room, and entryway, and they can work with any style too. Keep reading to discover 30 great ways to style and decorate a sideboard.
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Use Sideboards for Storage
Sideboards in living rooms can be for more than just looks—they can act as storage too. Use your sideboard to store books, movies, photos or even records. The possibilities are nearly endless.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Cover It Up
If you'd like to keep your sideboard storage a bit more hidden, look for a sideboard that features cabinets or covered shelves. This is especially helpful if your storage is a bit more cluttered than clean.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Vintage sideboards add plenty of charm and storage to your home, and are a great addition to spaces with a retro or farmhouse style. To add one to your home, look for them online, at thrift stores, estate sales, or antique stores.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Add a Houseplant
The perfect pairing for the space next to your sideboard? An oversized houseplant. The height of the plant will contrast well against a short sideboard, and a houseplant makes any space feel lush and vibrant.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Lean Some Art
Struggling with what to put on top of your sideboard? Try adding some oversized art. Lean it against the wall on top of your sideboard, or hang it a few inches above.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Stack a Few Books
Books are another great sideboard topper. When selecting books, look for oversized coffee table books rather than magazines or smaller paperbacks. These coffee table books will most likely be sturdier and have a more eye-catching exterior compared to other choices.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Use Similar Materials
To ensure your sideboard visually fits the rest of your space, try picking one in a similar material to what's found in the rest of your home. The light oak sideboard in a room full of oak and birch above from Cathie Hong Interiors is a great example.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Take Advantage of Awkward Spaces
Sideboards are a wonderful way to use the awkward wall space that sits beneath a stairway. Add a few pieces of decor, a mirror for your on-the-way-out-makeup-checks, and bowl for keys and you've got yourself a winning use of that space near the stairwell.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Make It a Media Center
Sideboards can also serve as media centers that sit underneath televisions. Pick one with cabinets or drawers to hide cords and cables away.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Semi-circle sideboards are a charming addition to any space, as their unique shape adds a sweet, vintage touch, and it also means they can easily fit in all kinds of spaces.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Make It Match
For a built-in sideboard look, pick a sideboard in the same material as the wall next to it. You can also DIY it too, by painting both the sideboard and bordering wall in the same color.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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One of the best backdrops to a sideboard is beadboard or paneling. It adds a subtle touch of character that makes your sideboard look instantly classier. Pick a sideboard that's at least six inches shorter than the paneling for the best look.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Add a Mirror
Mirrors are a common addition to sideboards, and it's easy to see why. They're a great way to fill wall space without adding visual clutter, they match with anything, and they reflect light.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Switch It Out Seasonally
To dress up your sideboard all year round, rotate your decor seasonally. Add pastel blooms in the spring, pops of lush green in the summer, and deep autumnal hues in the fall.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Layer Your Art
Sideboards don't need to be limited to just one piece of art—instead, art can be layered for a dynamic and complex look. To make this decor work, pick art in complementary colors and patterns.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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Anchor Your Seating Area
Living room sideboards can be excellent anchors for a seating area and serve as conversation-friendly alternative to a TV or sound system. Place one against a wall and center your seating around it to try out the look for yourself.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Hang Lots of Art
Another way to add lots of art to your sideboard is by hanging pieces of similar sizes, subjects, and color palettes, like the set above photographed by Julia Robbs.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Store Your Dishes
Looking for a better place to store all your holiday dishes? Try a sideboard. These do-it-all pieces provide a great place to hide away your out-of-season dishes while still ensuring they're easy to access when the time comes.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Light a Candle
Candles are another winning sideboard topper. They provide ambiance and a certain je ne sais quoi, and they can provide plenty of style too when paired with some luxe candle holders or candelabras.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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In narrow rooms, be sure to pick a sideboard that's not too wide. This will ensure that there's plenty of space to walk between seating and the sideboard.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Make Some Drinks
An extra-tall sideboard can also double as a bar cabinet. Look for a vintage one online or at an antique store to find a piece with unique features and ornamentation.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Keep It Minimal
For a sideboard that's sleek and simple, use one that doesn't have any drawers or shelving underneath. This will keep its silhouette minimal and understated, and is perfect for small spaces.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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For a sideboard look that's extra luxurious, consider adding a built-in one. This works really well if you want your sideboard to double as a mini bar or drinks area.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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Fill Awkward Space
Do you have an awkward wall space next to an off-center fireplace or window? Add a sideboard. These multipurpose furnishings provide a way to fill the space and some storage too.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Rattan sideboards can give your space a down-to-earth look, and they're great in homes that have a touch of tropical or desert-inspired style.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Add Oversized Florals
To add a structural element to your sideboard, add an oversized vase and some extra-tall florals. It's a great focal point for your sideboard, and it's easy to switch out the blooms depending on the season or occasion.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Add a Sideboard to the Bedroom
For bedroom storage that's more versatile than a dresser, try a sideboard. Some pieces have cabinets or pull-down compartments, making them a great spot to store extra shoes or linens.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Get Creative With Placement
Sideboards don't need to sit against a wall—they can also rest against a large piece of furniture, like a sofa, for a chic and modern look. Try setting your sideboard against a sofa if you're trying to better define a transitional or open-plan space, like the space between a living room and a dining area.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Don't forget to add some lighting to your sideboard. This can be in the form of overhead spotlights or a table lamp. Either way, the extra ambience secondary lighting adds will be a welcome addition.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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Don't Forget a Bench
When adding a sideboard to the entryway, try adding a bench too. Not only is it a helpful place to sit down and put on or take off shoes, but it will also help a bare entryway feel more complete.