Decorating sideboards and buffets in our dining rooms is so important! These are prime pieces of decor real estate that can show off our personality! Today I’m sharing three easy ways to decorate a sideboard or buffet and useful, fabulous, and doable styling tips too!
Today is 20 minute decorating. A new monthly series here at StoneGable! Each month my blogging friends and I will share easy decorating ideas that take 20 minutes or less to do. Make sure to visit them at the end of this post.
Let’s say you are watching your favorite hour long tv show. Did you know you are also watching 16 minutes or more of commercials? Why waste that time, my friend! You could be decorating!!!!! You can do any of these decorating ideas during the commercials! Pretty cool, right?
And you can decorate the buffets and sideboards in your home in about 20 minutes! Just read this post from beginning to end for all the ideas and tips!
My dining room buffet is one of my favorite surfaces to decorate. I love the height and length of it! Most buffets and sideboards are wonderful areas to add pretty decor to your home!
I thought it might be helpful to show you three different ways to style a buffet. And I’ll share a couple tips that will help you use your buffet to add YOUR personality to your dining room.
SOME DINING ROOM BUFFET GUIDELINES TO REMEMBER
Basic buffet decorating things to know…
- decorate your buffet’s space but don’t overdo or overlayer it!
- try to avoid using lots of little collectibles or small things
- use faux blooms and plants only if they look real up to 1 foot away
- experiment and play with your accessories
- change things up often
Here are a few things to keep in mind to not overshadow your dining room table…
- think of your buffet as adding a beautiful background to your dining room table
- do not over layer your sideboard (did I say that before? so important!)
- less is more (sorta said this too, again so important!)
- keep the colors within the color palette of your room
- if you have a hutch with shelves consider taking the shelving off and using just the base!
The first buffet decor I’m sharing is classic, adding a juxtaposition of bling and burlap! I love those two words together! BLING AND BURLAP!!!!
I like this decor because it looks sharp and clean and pretty!
A BUFFET IS A SUPPORTING ACTOR
Your dining room table, in most cases, is the star of your dining room. And the centerpiece on it should be its Diva! Nothing in the room should show up the Diva! Gasp! But that does not mean your buffet should not be decorated too!
USE SOMETHING ORGANIC ON A SIDEBOARD
Buffets and sideboards are the perfect place to add an element of organic design.
Here are a few ideas…
- a bunch of seasonal greens or flowers
- moss balls
- a trio of the same potted plant
You might like to see how to make these moss balls. TEXTURED MOSS BALL DIY. They are so super easy!
If you are thinking about going the faux route you might like to read CREATIVE WAYS TO USE FAUX FLOWERS
Because we don’t want to overshadow the dining room table centerpiece it’s a good idea to keep blooms and such scaled down!
The next sideboard decor is a little more minimal and farmhouse inspired. My dining room has lots of “new traditional” styling and this room lends itself to a bit of gorgeous glam! But it can get down-home and farmhouse too!
USE TALL ITEMS ON EITHER END OF SIDEBOARDS AND BUFFETS
Have you heard of buffet lamps or candlesticks? You know, the tall, skinny, candle-type lamp duo that go on either side of a buffet? They were so popular years ago because the added ambient light to either side of a sideboard and added a great bit of symmetry to the dining room!
We can bring a fresher, updated look to sideboards and buffets by using the buffet lamp principle but giving it a more modern feel!
Do add something tall to either side of your buffet. A lamp with a little more heft and a tall item to the other.
The mercury glass lamp is an anchor piece in my dining room. It’s just the right size and scale for the buffet. It’s a nice tall element at one end of the buffet. And it offers another layer of lighting too!
I also love the mix of mercury glass and burlap! There’s that bling and burlap again! But this great decorating combo also works with so many other styles and decor items too!
Use something tall on the buffet opposite a lamp.
Try making it part of a vignette. I added a faux topiary I picked up at an antique store years ago. It was added to a wire basket and a trio of burlap covered books. This little grouping is so MUCH more interesting than the topiary standing alone! And gives the buffet a bit of farmhouse charm!
I often find myself creating a simple vignette using three items. And no wonder! Our eyes and mind LOVE anything grouped in threes. To see how to use this magical number when decorating, see THE MAGIC RULE OF THREE.
A bit of farmhouse works just as well as a bit of bling in my dining room!
ADD “BRIDGE” DECOR
It’s a good idea to add a little something to bridge a lamp and tall item at the other end of a buffet.
The metal bowl with porcelain alphabet balls is just the perfect element in this more minimal arrangement! It creates a cohesive element or bridge between the lamp and the topiary! And this little bit of fun decor keeps the lamp from looking like it is standing alone too!
The third dining room buffet example is more spread out across the entire buffet. If you like to fill a space maybe this example is a good choice for your home too!
Here’s a very important tip if this third design speaks to you. The more elements you use the…
TIGHTER THE COLOR PALETTE SHOULD BE WHEN DECORATING SIDEBOARDS AND BUFFETS
And not only a tighter color palette but it’s good to repeat elements too!
Both sides of the buffet have tall item and are grouped in three’s. Mercury glass votive holders were placed to work as a bridge and add lots of pretty ambiance to the buffet!
And most importantly, the color palette on the buffet is very tight and works with the rest of the room. I used white/silver, caramel, and organic greens.
Repeating the burlap books, the mercury glass and the white porcelain elements keeps our eyes moving around the buffet! Our eyes love to find like things. Decorating is a bit art, creativity, and science!
Now it’s your turn! Take a look at the buffet in your dining room. Could it use a bit of a makeover? Why not put these tips and ideas into practice during a few commercials? I know you can do it!!!!!
Here’s a great little book filled with easy to do home decor ideas! And it’s FREE!
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