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How To: Style A Sideboard

How To: Style A Sideboard

Sideboards are low cabinets designed primarily as storage with a tabletop, perfect for storage and styling! They combine both practical and aesthetic appeal that offers a generous amount of storage space for any room. At Oriana B, sideboards are top of the list for storage furniture. They add elegance and functionality to your home, perfect for displaying your treasured possessions and for storing all things that you don’t need to see everyday.

If you need help deciding how to style your sideboard or what kind of sideboards work in your home, keep reading for tips and inspiration that will provide you with a range of ideas on how to integrate your unique style into this new addition to your home. 

“What kind of sideboard is right for my space and how do I style it?” 

We are met with this question almost every week at the Oriana B Furniture Store! It can be challenging to figure out how to use your space wisely and incorporate a new furniture piece into your home and we are always happy to help, so we wanted to put everything we know about sideboards into one simple easy to digest piece! Keep reading to get the OB scoop on all things sideboards.

Key Takeaways

  • A sideboard is a great opportunity to showcase your personal style and impress guests.
  • Use the sideboard as a mini bar by styling it with a tray of drinks and matching tableware.
  • Make a statement with an oversized lamp on the sideboard, accompanied by a vase and a low bowl or plate.
  • Use the sideboard to create a botanical display with a collection of plants, including metallic touches for visual interest.

Our Top Tips For Small Sideboards

Small sideboards and cabinets are usually around 80 cm to 1.1m wide, perfect for narrower areas of your home. Small sideboards are fabulous for tight areas like nooks and hallways that need a little extra storage. Depending on the width of your room, they can also work well as a TV/media unit, but we recommend leaving at least 4m between the sofa and sideboard if this is the case. This is to allow for appropriate depth to adjust your eye line, we don’t want you craning your neck upwards to watch the latest episode of Succession! Sideboards like this also work well in corners if you are working to a tight wall width, however anything over 1.1m in a corner appears uneven to the eye, so if you are in need of more storage, consider going higher and adjusting your vision to a bookshelf.  

This beautiful Dark Mango Wood Compact Sideboard is an incredibly versatile and attractive piece of furniture. The cabinet is a dark mango wood with metal door pulls and a good size internal cupboard is mounted on black metal legs which hug the side of the cabinet. Check out this sideboard here.

Dark Mango Wood Compact Sideboard | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Some Styling Inspiration…

Sideboard Styling | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Dark Mango Wood Compact Sideboard €1,095 | Black High Gloss Table Lamp €147.50 | Blue Glass Dishes €105 | True Grace Portobello Oud Diffuser €59 | Black Oval Mirror €155

For smaller sideboards, keep your display asymmetrical by adding a bold lamp on the left and balancing it out with a print or narrow mirror on the other side and keep to two or three small decorative items as there isn’t a lot of space to work with. This will help to create depth to your styling, don’t be afraid to play around!  For example, adding a modern style homeware item to a mid century style sideboard is a great way to mix modern and vintage together to create a unique display. Check out our short and sweet video on styling a small sideboard here: 

Our Top Tips For Medium Sideboards

Medium sideboards are the most versatile, as they work well in almost any room and can be as practical as beautiful! Usually around 1.2m to 1.6m wide, they can anchor a space by filling up an entire wall with some clever styling without being overwhelming pieces of furniture. They will usually have 2-3 cabinets of storage, so they work great as space to organise crockery and glassware in a dining room or as office storage. 

Depending on the width of your room, they can also be used as a TV/Media unit, but we recommend at least 5m between the unit and seating to allow the appropriate space. Similarly, this scale of the piece works best with TVs like the Samsung Frame that are hung on the wall and can double as artwork and allow you to style on top of the unit itself!

This gorgeous Dark Wood Modern Sideboard sits 1.6m wide, providing your space with some warmth with its rich medium dark wood finish and grooved doors. Check out this sideboard here! 

Dark Wood Modern Sideboard | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Some inspiration ahead.... 

Here's some inspiration on how to style this lovely sideboard for a living room space! Adding a few small homeware items can spruce up the furniture piece!

Sideboard Styling | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Dark Wooden Modern Sideboard €1,195 | Curved Terracotta Vase €24 | Vintage Red and Brown Glazed Vase €120 | True Grace Seashore Candle €36 | Antique Brass Glass Tray €27.50 | Japanese Still Life €120

For a medium sideboard, create a focal point in the centre of your display by choosing a large decorative item like a mirror or art piece. It’s important to consider the size of your decorative item that it should be roughly half the width of the sideboard as if it was bigger than the sideboard then it can make the display too overwhelming. When hanging a mirror or piece of art over your sideboard keep it to 30 cm above the surface top as this will keep the focal point within your eyeline and maintain a balanced look. Here is Alannah using our medium sideboard styling tips to dress the Anthracite and Marble Sideboard

Our Top Tips for Large Sideboards

Large sideboards are statement pieces that are perfect for open-plan spaces. Large sideboards are great for balancing the space if you have high ceilings or a period home. They provide sizable multi-functional storage, working well in dining rooms as they are perfectly balanced next to 2m or more extended tables. Large sideboards offer plenty of space for styling, working excellently as a focal point for a unique piece of artwork. 

This is a large and in-charge sideboard! Sitting at 1.92m, this sideboard can be restyled endlessly and will always feel fresh, yet feel like it's been there forever. This provides endless possibilities, and the deep black will make this sideboard stand out as a forever piece. Check out this sideboard here!

Modern Black Metal & Glass Sideboard | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Here's some styling inspiration....

Sideboard Styling | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Black Metal Sideboard €515 | Tall Glass Table Lamp Brown €275 | Antique White Round Ceramic Dragonfly Box €19.50 | Portland Rectangular Mirror 120cm €225  | Porcelain Zebra Jar 2 Sizes €103

If you choose a large sideboard then you have a lot of space to work with. Create a bold focal point be it either one large piece of artwork or a small gallery wall/multiple pieces resting along the centre that amounts to approximately half the width of the sideboard. Similarly, if you want to add a mirror above a large sideboard, it can be tricky as the mirror will need to be around 1m wide in order to have an impact on your display. Go big or go home, choose an extremely oversized piece or mirrors with very ornate detailing to create a bang!

Adding lamps is essential and don’t be afraid to go big as small lamps will get lost in the display. Going asymmetrical or symmetrical with your display by adding lamps on either side of the sideboard can create a bookend display. Add 4-6 decorative items to your sideboard in a similar colour palette varying in size and height, so play around with your display. Styling a large sideboard can be fun to play around with, check out Alannah styling our gorgeous large mid century sideboard with tambour doors here: 

Styling Tips

1. Harmonise with Tableware - Coordinate colours and patterns

Harmonising the sideboard with tableware involves coordinating colours and patterns to create a cohesive look. A tray of drinks, three vases or bowls, and a decorative tray that echoes another element in the room are great ways to start.

A matching tableware set can provide a unified look, while a large lamp statement can make a bold impression.

A botanical display of plants, colourful vignettes, and wall above the sideboard can also be used to decorate.

Mixing textures and materials, and displaying country-style plates are additional options.

2. Feature a Statement Lamp - Choose a design that complements your room

A statement lamp can be used to complement the existing decor of a room. It should be taller than the sideboard and feature a shapely style or patterned shade.

For visual impact, use matching tableware and props to create depth. Place a vase and a low bowl or plate alongside the lamp, and add a tray of drinks for a mini bar effect.

For a stylish display, layer textured vases, metal, glass, and ceramics.

3. Introduce Botanical Elements - Fresh or faux plants to breathe life into space

Introducing botanical elements can breathe life into a space, with fresh or faux plants that make a bold statement. Placing two large plants at either end of the sideboard, and arranging smaller pieces in a visual V shape in the centre, will create a lush green effect.

Metallic touches like gold-effect vases or bowls can add extra visual interest. A combination of textures and materials, including wood, metal, glass, and ceramics, can create a stylish display.

4. Design a Vibrant Vignette - Grouping of objects with varying colours

A vibrant vignette on the top of a tall sideboard can be created by grouping objects with varying colours. Start with a piece of wall art to introduce accent colours, then layer with a vase and planter.

Add natural elements like plants to complete the look and coordinate with other colours in the room. Add metallic touches and texture for depth and interest.

A cohesive effect is achieved with careful planning and consideration.

5. Address the Wall Above - Mirrors, artworks, or unique decors

The wall above the sideboard can be used to create a picture gallery, with frames arranged in a shape such as a right-angle triangle. Incorporating vases and planters to complete the visual effect is also possible.

Keep the frames in the same colour family, or choose a style that matches the sideboard. Mirrors, artworks, and other unique decors can also be used to add to the display.

This will add character and personality to the dining room.

6. Incorporate Patterns - Through vases, candle holders, or textiles

Incorporating patterns through decorative vases, candle holders, or textiles can add texture and interest to a sideboard.

Vases can be used to introduce patterns with a shapely style or patterned shade.

Candle holders may create a cohesive look by matching the tableware.

Textiles like towels or throws can be draped over the sideboard to bring in colour and texture.

7. Embrace a Country Aesthetic with Plates - Hang or stack vintage or modern plates

The transition from incorporating patterns to embracing a country aesthetic with plates offers an opportunity to add texture, colour, and contrast to the sideboard.

Hang or stack vintage or modern plates in an eclectic mix of patterns and scale; add glass pieces to create layers where the plates overlap.

Incorporate small details like floral postcards or old photographs to personalise the display and reflect the homeowner's unique style.

8. Organise a Stylish Arrangement - Aesthetic balance with objects

Arranging objects on the sideboard to create an aesthetic balance can offer an attractive visual effect. Use objects of varying heights, textures, and materials to create a harmonious mix.

Start with a pair of objects similar in height, add a pile of books and top with a decorative bowl.

Position a table lamp and vase of flowers for balance, and incorporate natural elements like plants or dried flowers.

Reflect the clean lines of the furniture and architecture, and use wall art with accent colours.

9. Display Tableware Proudly

Display tableware proudly by creating a cohesive look with matching items.

Choose a grouping of three vases or bowls to add creativity.

Prop up a decorative tray that echoes another element in the room. Use a tray that can be both decorative and functional.

Match the tableware with one another to create a stylish look.

Include glass pieces to create layers where the plates overlap.

Utilise textured vases, bowls, or decorative objects to add depth.

Finish the look with a vase of flowers for balance.


10. Utilise Console for Serving

Utilise a console to provide a practical solution for serving meals and drinks. A console can be a great way to add style and elegance to any room. It can be used to store platters, dishes, and other serving items in an organised fashion. Whether it's an antique piece or a modern design, a console can help bring the room together:


  • Use the console to display family heirlooms, vintage plates, and other decorative items.
  • Incorporate a decorative tray or bowl for a contemporary look.
  • Add metallic elements to create a visual contrast.


  • Place small items like napkins and cutlery in the drawers.
  • Keep the top of the console clear for serving.
  • Store dishes and other items in the lower cabinet.


  • Add a lamp or a vase of flowers for a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • Place a mirror above the console for a brighter, more spacious feel.
  • Hang artwork or wall hangings for a unique touch.

Here are some quickfire tips to spruce up your sideboard! 

1. Add Artwork

Having a print on top of a sideboard is a no-brainer because it can be the main focal point of the sideboard. This could be a gorgeous print of your favourite artwork or a portrait of your loved ones. When choosing your artwork think about what colours work cohesively with your accessories, pull out one hue and work with that e.g. with our Cockatoo and Pomegranate Print the red of the fruit is perfect to build on for your accessories!

Sideboard Styling | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

 Cockatoo & Pomegrante Print €110 | Curved Glass Lamp with Linen Amber Shade €195 | Medium Red Glass Candlestick €25 | Red Stoneware Vase Ornament Set of 2 | Modern Black Meta & Glass Sideboard €1,350 

2. Balance With A Lamp 

Every sideboard needs at least one lamp, so choose carefully for maximum impact! Take the size of your sideboard into account: small = one small or medium lamp, medium = one medium/large or two small lamps, large = always two large lamps!

Sideboard Styling | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

Black Inlay Lamp €325 Japanese Still Life €120 | Pair of Glazed Foo Dogs Ornaments €45 | Mid Century Sideboard With Tambour Doors €3,225

3.  Add Accessories 

Adding a selection of homewares will spice up your sideboard, and incorporating smaller accessories will create a more unique sense of style for your furniture. As a rule of thumb choose a could of ornamental pieces with one vase or candle holder and at least one non-decorative item like a plant or book to add depth to your styling.

Sideboard Styling | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

True Grace Cedarwood Diffuser €50 | Twisted Pink Vase €35 | Portland Round Silver Mirror | 70cm €140 | A-Ok Hand Ornament €17.50 | Dark Mango Wood Compact Sideboard €1,095


The Uniqueness and Splendor of Oriana B Sideboards

Sideboards, undeniably functional and indispensable in many living spaces, undergo a transformation from mere furniture to art pieces in the hands of Oriana B. While many see sideboards as essential storage units or media stands, Oriana B views them as canvases for design innovation.

What sets Oriana B sideboards apart is their impeccable attention to detail, craftsmanship, and design. The blend of practicality with unmatched aesthetic appeal makes them a sought-after choice for discerning homeowners. Whether you gravitate towards the sleek and modern appeal of a marble-topped contemporary sideboard, the rich nostalgia of a mid-century teak masterpiece, or the robust and edgy look of a black metal industrial design, Oriana B ensures that each piece is nothing short of stunning.

Beyond their visual allure, the functional aspect is never compromised. Each sideboard is meticulously crafted to offer ample storage, with seamless drawers and compartments that cater to modern-day needs. They don't just fit into a room; they enhance it, creating focal points that guests can't help but admire.

Oriana B sideboards are not just furniture. They're a statement, a reflection of taste, and a testament to the belief that functionality and beauty can coexist harmoniously. Investing in an Oriana B sideboard means owning a unique piece that blends art with utility, sure to stand the test of time both in durability and style.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Best Way to Choose a Statement Lamp for a Sideboard?

When choosing a statement lamp for a sideboard, opt for one that is taller than the height of the sideboard. Look for a shapely style or a patterned shade for impact, and consider how it will coordinate with other elements in the room.

What Type of Plants Are Best for a Botanical Display on a Sideboard?

Ferns, monstera leaves, and palms are ideal for creating a botanical display on a sideboard due to their lush green effect. Metallic touches such as gold-effect vases or bowls may be added to complete the look.

How Should I Arrange the Objects in a Vibrant Vignette?

Arrange objects in a vibrant vignette by creating a visual V shape in the centre with smaller pieces, and placing a larger element, like a wall art piece, at one end to make a statement.

What Types of Mirrors, Artworks, and Unique Decor Can I Use for the Wall Above a Sideboard?

Mirrors, artworks, and unique decor can be used for the wall above a sideboard to create a picture gallery, build a shape, or make a statement. Consider frames with a finish that matches the sideboard, wall-hung sideboard to enhance the display, and pops of accent colours throughout the room.

How Can I Incorporate Patterns Into the Decor of a Sideboard?

Patterns can be incorporated into a sideboard's decor by mixing textures and materials, displaying tableware, using a large lamp statement, botanical display, colourful vignette, or playing with patterns.


A cohesive and stylish look can be achieved by adding decorative elements to a sideboard, such as lamps, botanicals, vignettes, and plates.

Wall galleries, mixing textures and materials, and playing with patterns can also be used to create an interesting and eye-catching display.

With a few creative ideas, the sideboard can be transformed into a statement piece in the dining room.

Ultimately, the sideboard can become an inviting and stylish addition to any dining room.

Sideboard Styling Tips | Home & Accessories Shop | Irish Home Shop | Oriana B

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