Call it what you will (a sideboard, buffet or credenza!) but this particular furniture item is a personal favourite for Jen and I, mostly because it makes a fabulous hero piece and also doubles as a perfect spot on which to place a perfectly curated styled vignette (which as an interior stylist in my other life, thrills me to no end!). Ahem, as far as I see it, coupled with its ability to provide both form and function (they make excellent storage), what is not to love about the humble sideboard?
It’s a sentiment shared by interior stylist Steve Cordony who favours them for their strong visual impact. “Sideboards are a great way to showcase accessories and objet. They give solidity to a space and allow you to play with artwork, lamps and sculpture,” says Steve who loves sideboards with rounded edges. “I love ones that reference the mid-century but in a contemporary way. One of my all-time favourite sideboards is Parq Life by Lee Broom as it’s the perfect mix between traditional and contemporary.”
And when looking to purchase one, it’s essential that you carefully consider its proportions and how they’ll work in your room. “Look at the proportion of the space you have to work with and the balance between other furniture in the room. Getting the length and depth right is crucial,” says Steve.
Some of our picks:
GlobeWest Willow woven buffet in natural teak/natural rattan: Who would have thought rattan could ever be cool? This buffet proves that just about any material can look stylish, depending on the execution. $3,685.
Zuster Halo buffet: It’s the brass feet, vertical panelling and large statement marble handles that together make this a sideboard from heaven. Priced starting from $8,750, this really is an investment piece destined for heirloom status.
West Elm wood tiled buffet: Perfect for a beachy interior, it’s the whitewashed textural quality that makes this sideboard unique. $1,699.
Life Interiors Peacock credenza: I’m coveting the stunning etched brass front on this piece. $2,789.
Jonathan Adler Channing buffet: This one is perfect for Hollywood Regency fans and I love its circular detailing. $4,245.
Fantastic Furniture Retro three drawer buffet: Smart, simple and a bargain at $499.
Fenton & Fenton bone inlay 7-drawer commode: Made from camel bone and resin, this boasts a small-scale chevron pattern too. $3,500.
The Family Love Tree recycled timber buffet multi: This one is perfect for colour-lovers and couldn’t help but be the hero of the room. $1,995.