Sideboard. Thursday , November 02nd , 2017 - 15:21:35 PM
Not only are sideboards functional, but also add a great decorative touch to your dining room. Sideboards come in a variety of styles and designs to suit every kind of taste and budget. For those who prefer a formal setting, finely styled antique and traditional looking sideboards are a perfect choice. Those who prefer a more contemporary style can select from range of sideboards that are combined with different elements such as wood, wicker, metal, steel, or even glass.
It was round about the 1770s that Sideboards first started appearing in Britain. The earliest type was called slab tables. These early Sideboards often had marble tops as they were used not only to serve food and drink, but also prepare and cut food. The slab tables were no more than a top with legs and there was no storage on them. In 1788, the famous cabinetmaker Hepplewhite showed a sideboard in his illustrated style guide. Hepplewhites piece had moved away from the slab table as it had the addition of storage space.
When not used for dining, the top of solid oak sideboards are ideal for the display of favourite ornaments or family photographs, or a vase of flowers. Choose the photograph frames wisely to either compliment the colour of the oak or else to contrast with it. The final item to look good on top of the solid oak sideboard in your dining room might be an elegant table lamp. Small sideboards in the hallway are usually called oak console tables. They look like a miniature sideboard and often have shelves, drawers and/or cupboards to hide away the detritus of everyday life like telephone directories, keys, gloves, pens and message pads. Fine furniture is not always used in a hall, but do remember that it is the first part of ones house that visitors see so it is important to make a good first impression.
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