Styling a sideboard isn’t just about arranging a few decor pieces—it’s about creating a cohesive and visually appealing display that enhances the overall look and feel of your space. With the expert guidance of in-house designer and stylist Gonia Chylinska, we’ll explore essential tips and tricks to help you transform your sideboard into a stunning focal point.

Avoid Overcrowding: Curate Your Display

One of the most common mistakes people make when styling a cabinet is overcrowding the surface with too many objects. To avoid this, it’s crucial to curate your display carefully. 

Begin by selecting a few key pieces that you love and that complement the style of your room. Consider items such as vases, sculptures, candles, or decorative bowls. Remember, less is often more when it comes to styling a sideboard or console. Choose quality over quantity, and leave plenty of space between each object to allow them to shine individually.

For example, instead of cluttering your sideboard with numerous small items, opt for one or two larger statement pieces that draw the eye and make a bold impact. This approach not only creates a more visually appealing display but also gives each item the attention it deserves

Before and After: Styling our Olsen cabinet for an open-plan living space.

Achieve Balance and Symmetry: Create Harmonious Arrangements

Another key aspect of console styling is achieving balance and symmetry in your arrangement. Uneven groupings or a haphazard distribution of objects can disrupt the visual flow of your display.

To create a sense of balance, consider arranging items in pairs or asymmetrical groupings. For instance, you could place a tall vase on one side of the sideboard and balance it out with a stack of books and a smaller decorative item on the other side. This creates a harmonious look that is pleasing to the eye.

Symmetry doesn’t necessarily mean everything has to be perfectly mirrored, but rather, it’s about creating a sense of equilibrium in your display. Experiment with different arrangements until you find one that feels balanced and cohesive.

Entryway storage solution featuring a balanced arrangement.

Utilise Vertical Space: Think Beyond the Surface

Don’t forget to make use of the vertical space above your sideboard. Focusing solely on the surface can leave your display feeling flat and uninspired. Instead, incorporate artwork, mirrors, faux foliage or florals to add height and visual interest to your arrangement.

For example, you could hang a large piece of artwork above your sideboard to create a striking focal point. Alternatively, consider installing wall-mounted shelves to display additional decor items such as framed photos, plants, or decorative objects. This not only adds depth to your display but also allows you to showcase more of your personal style and taste.

Our Carlo Cupboard, styled with vintage elements for a moody, modern hallway. 

Illuminate Your Display: Set the Mood with Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in highlighting your display and setting the mood in your space. Without proper lighting, even the most beautifully arranged display can appear dull and lacklustre. 

Incorporate ambient lighting such as table lamps, wall sconces, floor lamps or pendant lights to illuminate your sideboard and showcase your decor. For example, a pair of matching table lamps on either end of the sideboard can add symmetry and elegance, while a statement pendant light can draw attention to the area. 

Consider the mood you want to create in your space and choose lighting options that reflect that ambiance. Soft, warm lighting from candles can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, while bright, white light can lend a more modern and contemporary feel.

The Strom, showcasing statement decor to enhance a tropical or coastal living room.

Consider the Overall Theme: Harmonise with Your Room’s Style 

When styling your buffet, it’s essential to consider the overall theme and style of your room. Your buffet decor should complement the existing decor rather than clash with it.

Take cues from the colours, textures, and materials used throughout your space, and incorporate similar elements into your sideboard display. For example, if your room has a modern aesthetic, opt for sleek, minimalistic decor items. Conversely, if your space has a more traditional feel, consider using classic pieces and antique accents

By ensuring that your sideboard styling aligns with the theme of your room, you can create a cohesive and harmonious look that ties the space together beautifully.

Styling a cabinet is an art form that requires careful consideration of various elements, from the choice of decor items to the arrangement and lighting. By following these insider secrets from in-house designer and stylist Gonia Chylinska, you can elevate your sideboard display from ordinary to extraordinary. 

The Scarlett Buffet, styled for autumn or winter dining rooms, offers ample storage and display space for dinnerware and collectibles with its elongated silhouette.

Remember to curate your display, achieve balance and symmetry, utilise vertical space, illuminate your display with proper lighting, and consider the overall theme of your room. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating a sideboard display that not only enhances the aesthetic of your space but also reflects your personal style and taste.

If you need further assistance, we offer comprehensive interior design services to help you achieve your vision. Our team of experts can provide personalised guidance and creative solutions tailored to your unique preferences and needs.