Storage and style in one
Make one piece of cabinet furniture the star of your room’s scheme, combining style and storage effortlessly
When it comes to furniture shopping, it can be tricky to find a piece that ticks everything on your wish list. Will it fit? Does it have enough storage? Is it the right material for my scheme? And, perhaps more importantly for a big-ticket buy… do I love it? Follow our tips to buying statement storage and choose a piece that will become a part of your home for years to come.
Sleek, sophisticated and storage savvy, the sideboard has seen a resurgence in recent years. And it’s no longer a case of choosing furniture from one collection or all in the same finish. It’s fine – even encouraged by interiors stylists and influencers – to create an eclectic look by mixing materials and finishes.
‘We’re seeing some great pieces in dark woods with brass embellishment or marble coming through,’ says Helen Maxfield, Partner & Assistant Buyer, Living & Dining, which makes falling for a hero piece easy. Take a look at the recent John Lewis & Partners + Swoon collaboration, with the eye-catching Belvoir sideboard in gold and the Mendel sideboard in light brown and grey – both pieces to lust after.
Sideboards offer plenty of storage without being too big or dominating. There’s also the added benefit of being able to style the space on top to your heart’s content – whether that’s with an abundance of plants, vases or photo frames or a single, statement piece, such as a beautiful table lamp. And if you’re entertaining more at home, then your sideboard can become your new at-home bar area, housing your collection of drinks, gorgeous glasses and barware.
Shorter in length than a traditional sideboard yet offering more storage than a console table, a two-door sideboard is ideal for creating a wow moment in a smaller room. Look for interesting door detailing, such as carved or slatted designs, which when teamed with shapely legs, make for a lust-worthy piece.
Smaller, compact yet still a statement maker, a hero cabinet is an ideal buy for alcoves or alongside a sofa or a cocktail chair. The Array cabinet, which was designed in-house, is a bestseller, and will be joined by the new Harvard cabinet this summer. ‘The Harvard comes in a painted finish, which is a big trend to look out for,’ reveals Helen.
Think big when it comes to styling above a smaller cabinet – a large mirror or wall gallery will give the piece extra presence in a scheme. Sandra McCall, Partner & Home Design Stylist, loves to position hero furniture against a feature wallpaper or paint colour, helping to draw attention to any detailing. ‘I think a hero piece allows you to be adventurous with accessories too,’ she says. ‘Pick interesting shapes, textures and colours to enhance the statement look.’