While recently pondering the floor plan for my new home, it got me thinking about “the sideboard” that multifunctional piece that was a thing of beauty, the staple item of furniture that graced every sitting or dining room and housed your family’s best china, glass and displayed prized pieces to advantage? It was a feature of every home and certainly mine when I was growing up, but somehow when sitting and dining rooms morphed into living rooms and family rooms, it became redundant and found its way into second hand furniture shops and ended up stored and forgotten in some dim recess.
But here’s the thing, it has made a huge comeback! And all because of our enduring love of all things art deco, retro, glam, modern and vintage which have really blossomed in the last few years. Check out some of these images of the coolest sideboards around!
After years of viewing minimalist interiors, retro elements have found their way back into furniture design, wallpapers, paint colours and let’s not forget the fashion industry. We have embraced the re-introduction of the characteristic mellow wood tones in furniture and the plethora of colour choices on walls, upholstery and soft furnishings and incorporated them into the everyday. Who could have foreseen its gleeful and global comeback in the 21st century?
There’s something about the décor from the 60s and 70s that we obviously love! Undoubtedly, good design leads the field and is most apparent in furniture whose lines are classic and timeless, which is why they fit seamlessly into contemporary interiors.
A sideboard is perhaps one of the most distinctive items of furniture and there is an eclectic mix of old styles with new. If you are on the hunt for one, you will be spoilt for choice depending on whether you want an original piece or a fabulous contemporary remake. Either way, there is a kaleidoscope of many designs, colours and shapes which shout look at me!
I am totally convinced that they are one of the most useful pieces’ around, they can tuck into low slung places, that odd bare corner and provide the perfect combo storage solution. Think outside the box and set your TV on top of it or just use it to create a beautiful vignette. Why opt for boring filing cabinets when a sideboard can be modified to house files and folders. They truly are the workhorse of a house and my floor plan will have to be reworked to incorporate one for sure!