When I was a little girl, I remember my mother telling me that trends went round in a loop.
I never believed her, too young to grasp the concept that not everything was new and the first of its kind. Now, however, I understand what she meant. Look at any style blog, any vintage shop, any trending Pinterest boards, and you’ll see elements of style that first came to popularity more than fifty years ago.
Although I’m not a fan of everything that’s making a comeback (patterned wallpaper can stay in the 60s), one piece I am happy to see again is the sideboard. And by sideboard I mean the 1970s number with spindly legs, three drawers that feel fragile, to say the least, and one door. The sort that people were throwing out 20 years ago because they were no longer fashionable, but can now fetch hundreds of pounds.
I not only love the look of a classic sideboard, I love how much of standout piece it can be, especially if you style it properly. There are quite a few approaches you can take when it comes to styling a sideboard, depending on your personal taste.
If your style falls into the realms of classic, take the simple approach. A short, circular vase filled with either peonies or white roses helps to establish your style firmly in this vein. Add a photo and a few neatly stacked – but carefully chosen – fashion or interiors magazines, and you will have yourself a very pretty sideboard.
Cocktail enthusiasts will be pleased to know that you can show off your most obscure and unpronounceable spirits on your sideboard. The key is not to display your bottles in rows. Cluster them – mixing different sizes – at one end of your sideboard and use your best cocktail making paraphernalia to show you mean business. At the other end of the sideboard, frame a print and stand it upright, leaning against the wall. There are some amazing prints out there with some fantastic quotes relating to the world of imbibing – Not on the High Street has quite a few on offer.
If you like plants in your home, a sideboard is a great place to indulge the latest trend of decorating with greenery. You can get some fantastic, low-maintenance plants that bring a little bit of the outdoors in, but still look stylish. Try the likes of a succulent and seek out plant pots that work with your individual style. Pinterest is a great resource when it comes to decorating sideboards using plants and is well worth a look.
Alternatively, you can mix a little of all of these styles to make your sideboard your own, which is what I have done. I’ve styled my sideboard with the things I love, with a lot of thought put into how they should be best placed.
I’m a huge bookworm, so I have a stack of three books at one end of my sideboard, relating to fashion, homeware and the written word. On top of them, there’s my yellow rotary phone, one of my favourite pieces in our home.
My books and phone are accompanied by a print from I Love My Type. Based in Copenhagen, they have a wonderful selection of prints and you can also design your own. They ship to the UK, so it’s well worth checking them out.
The finished article
Between the print, the books and the telephone, I have a few succulent plants and a jar of sweets, because, who wouldn’t want to pinch a sweet on their way past? And inside my sideboard, I’ve got my drinks cabinet.
So, as you can see, it is possible to combine a number of different style trends to create your sideboard. The key is thinking it through, planning what should go where, and trying it out. And if it doesn’t work, try again. You’ll soon find that you’ll get your sideboard the way you like it. And once it’s complete it’s a joy to look at and the envy of many, trust me.
Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.