3 ways to stage your sideboard
I’m a big fan of sideboards because they don’t hog much space but provide plenty of room to store bits and bobs in. Personally, I prefer my walls to be empty instead of choc-a-bloc with shelves. So making use of pieces of furniture I already have makes more sense to me. They also allow me to go overboard with vases and table lamps. And so can you! It would be a real pity to leave those surfaces empty. Here are my three tips for making the most of your sideboard.
Decorate the surface area
Flowers and plants always work. Used alone or in groups, they bring a breath of fresh air to sober models. Combined with souvenirs, picture frames or your favourite books, you can really add personal touches. Try going for a book with a cover you love – prop it up against the wall next to a flowerpot to give it the attention it deserves. Defining hierarchies can also be a head-turner: Placing a plant pot on a storage box to give it some height, for example. Or use a lamp to highlight your favourite trinkets.
Use your sideboard as a reference point for wall decoration
If you’re not sure where to hang your pictures, use your sideboard as a reference point. Mounted above it, the positioning of the picture will look more deliberate and will make that area look more rounded. This creates small, harmonious zones in a large room. From ceramics to baskets, the sky’s the limit.
Add small pieces of furniture to the equation
More often than not, sideboards are home to TVs. Draw the attention away form the device by focussing on the wall with additional shelving to suit your taste. They will give your books and objects a home and will frame your entertainment zone. Go for a combination of pictures that are expressive, even when the TV is switched off.
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