Sometimes called a sideboard, cupboard or buffet, credenzas can become any room’s statement piece with thoughtful design elements and styling. Whether you’ve inherited grandma’s antique or scored a perfect new piece, consider these ideas to bring your credenza to life and show off your interior design skills.
1. Contrasting Color
Make a bold statement with contrasting colors. If your credenza is dark, add elements of lighter tones to the décor on top and the dishes or art pieces behind the glass. If your credenza sports a more “airy” construction, add some weight with darker lamp bases and a couple of heavier figurines.
2. Themed Flair
Play off your credenza’s construction. Rustic wood pieces lend themselves to display succulents and statement art reflecting the piece’s style. Create clusters of figurines and ornamental plants to add height and texture to the décor – or consider adding art elements behind the glass to draw the eye and balance the visual effect.
3. Symmetrical Lighting
Sideboards are great to tuck into a space with low lighting, as they provide plenty of surface area for task lighting and lamps. Matching sets on either side balance the look, while a mirror above the credenza helps reflect light into the room and provides and open feel around the piece.
4. Throwback Vibes
Minimalistic design and clean lines blend well with mid-century modern styles. Play off nature in your choice of lamps and credenza-top décor to soften the look: banch cuttings in a simple vase offer contrast and interesting textures.
Coordinating credenzas with your dining set or hutches brings a cohesive, clutter-free feel to your eating area. The long and low sideboard is perfect for displaying larger art above, setting up a buffet, or adding impact lighting. Store extra serving dishes and off-season décor behind closed doors or corral those board games for family night fun.
6. Play With Shape
If your space has many linear design elements (rectangle table, bench, bricks and credenza), play with circles and organic shapes to add interest; a large circular mirror or grand clock placed above a credenza adds visual interest. Vases, succulents and lampshades void of harsh lines can also soften the room.
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