It’s a staple of households everywhere, providing both storage and style in the dining room, kitchen, living room, and beyond. While this must-have piece goes by a variety of names – buffet table, sideboard, or credenza – it’s designed to provide the functional storage you need while also making a decorative statement. Here we’ll explain more about these varying terms, how to use your sideboard, and some of our favorite trending styles …
Sideboard vs. Credenza vs. Buffet
While mostly interchangeable, the varying terms for this piece of furniture may leave you with some questions. So what is the difference between a sideboard and a buffet? In terms of functionality, there’s no real difference between these pieces. All of these terms can describe a low, wide storage piece with cabinets, drawers, or open shelving.
Any distinction between the terms depends on where the piece lives. For example, you’re more likely to hear it called a buffet in the kitchen or dining room, but a sideboard or credenza in the living room.
Uses for Sideboards & Buffets
In the Kitchen or Dining Room
These handy storage pieces are extremely versatile, which makes them perfect for nearly any room in the house. Use a buffet table in the dining room or kitchen to store china or table linens, and set dishes along the top for self-serve family meals (you know … buffet-style).
In Living Spaces
In the living room, you can use a credenza for functional storage or stylish display – or both! Enclosed styles are perfect for storing blankets, board games, or DVDs, while styles that boast open shelving are ideal for displaying your favorite trinkets and collectibles. The spacious tops of sideboards are also great for expressing your style; create a charming display with candlesticks, vases, or leaning decorative mirrors.
Trending Sideboard Styles
If you’re ready to add one of these stylishly versatile pieces to your home, we’ll show you which looks are trending (and some of our favorite picks). Keep reading to see some of today’s trendiest sideboard styles, and decide which one is right for you.
Heavy geometric elements are red-hot in the world of buffets and credenzas. Carved doors and side panels add a major pop of texture and visual interest, without going overboard on color or pattern.
Mirrors and Metallics
Use mirrored and metallic surfaces to add a touch of shine to your dining room, entry, or living space. Whether you prefer to go subtle with high-shine details or want to go all-in with a fully mirrored design, this style is sure to brighten any space
Bold Prints & Patterns
Boldly patterned sideboards are perfect for making a statement in eclectic and minimal spaces alike. Create vibrant dimension with a room full of patterns, or add a pop of intrigue with a single printed piece.
Although the name evokes a specific era of design, mid-century style remains timelessly chic. Mid-century credenzas boast ultra-clean profiles that complement any space, and their sleek, modular designs add unmistakable style.
Now that you’re up-to-date on the latest sideboard trends, you can start thinking about adding one to your own space. Shop Hayneedle’s wide variety of styles and get ready to find your favorite new functional- fashionable piece.