Beyond your dining table and chairs, which, of course, are essential pieces of dining room furniture, there’s an entire world of storage options. From china cabinets and curios to sideboards and buffets, which are the right items for you?
The Benefits of Dining Room Storage
Depending on the storage pieces you choose, these furnishings can really enhance your dining room. They can offer additional serving space, a place to keep items out of view and additional style based on how they look as well as how you decorate them. Determine which of these needs are most important to you so you can furnish your room with the most appropriate storage pieces.
Do You Need More Serving Space?
If you need more flat space for entertaining your guests or taking care of your family, then a sideboard, or buffet, is a must for you. Sideboards come in a number of styles and can contain a variety of storage features, including cabinets, drawers and shelves. All sideboards are topped by a flat surface you can use for serving. If you entertain a lot, you may want to make sure your sideboard is topped with a heat-resistant surface.
While a sideboard does offer storage space, a china cabinet can offer even more between the base and hutch. The combination of viewable and non-viewable storage often offered by china cabinets can be indispensable. You get a place to display your beautiful dishes and other precious items, as well as a spot to stow larger pots, serving pieces and even cookbooks.
Do You Want to Decorate?
All the furnishings mentioned so far can be used to display your collections. Additionally, curio cabinets, which might not be suited for dishes, are another option for showing off your special objects. If displaying items is a priority for you, look for pieces with lighting to help you emphasize your groupings.
Over at DecorateITOnline’s blog, they offer 7 design tips for creating beautiful displays on top of your sideboard. These include not over-cluttering, striking a balance and creating visual interest. So once you choose your new pieces and bring them into your home, you can create the complete dining room look you want.