How To Decorate A Buffet Table In a Dining Room

By Soraia Martins July 27, 2021, 7:44 pm

Typically placed in dining rooms, a buffet table, also known as a sideboard, is commonly used for setting out extra dishes during meals, bottles of wine, or festive decoration vignettes. But a buffet table can also be the perfect opportunity to give your dining room a fresh look and revamped style. Here’s how you decorate a buffet table in a dining room.

Choosing a Style

Depending on the overall concept of your dining room, it’s important to choose a buffet table that fits into what you need and what that area can handle in terms of style. Think about how that buffet table is going to influence your dining room and your everyday needs. You can either go with something more dramatic and romantic or more modern and eclectic. There are many buffet table styles to choose from, and it’s really up to you and what your gut tells you.

Dining room buffet table with plants Source: Khloe Arledge at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with vases Source: Nathan Oakley at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with record player and speakers Source: Pickawood at Unsplash

Choosing a Size

Along with the array of buffet table styles, there’s also the aspect of size. Drawers or open shelving will make a buffet table look lighter and less crowded in smaller dining rooms. For more spacious dining rooms, a taller or wider buffet will give the area a well-proportioned character. The main idea is to keep it adjusted to the dining room and the space you have for the buffet table to add something to the room and not the other way around.

Dining room with large wooden buffet table Source: Sigmund at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with row of plants Source: Annie Spratt at Unsplash
Dining room with small buffet table Source: Joyful at Unsplash

Start With a Backdrop

Pick a statement piece or a tall object to start decorating the buffet table in your dining room. This will serve as the anchor of your decoration project. You can go with a big piece of art, a mirror, or a handful of frames to create a gallery wall — yes, the wall behind the buffet table can be used in your favor and be part of the whole scene.

Dining room buffet table with painting and flowers Source: Earl Wilcox at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with big round mirror Source: Coco Tafoya at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with mirror and plants Source: Toa Heftiba at Unsplash

Different Levels

Play with the different levels of objects you can decorate your buffet table with. Lamps, figurines, and frames are great examples of high-level pieces, whereas planters and candles can be used as mid-level objects. Add some smaller trinkets, which are low level, to complete the decoration of your buffet table. This layering method is widely used in interior design to guide our attention to all the different objects without feeling clunky and out of place.

Dining room buffet table against dark blue wall Source: Elena Popova at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with tall decorative branches Source: Toa Heftiba at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with glowing wooden circle Source: Engin Akyurt at Unsplash

The Rule of Three

Three is the magic number, right? When it comes to decorating a buffet table for your dining room, going with three statement objects with different heights, a similar suggestion to the different levels above, will give it visual balance and harmony. This so-called rule — we don’t enjoy this term, but let’s go with it for now — says that things arranged in odd numbers are more memorable and attractive than even-numbered settings. Whether you agree with it or not, it’s definitely worth a try.

Dining room buffet table with world map on the wall Source: Charlota Blunarova at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with a candle, plant, and painting Source: Catherina Schürmann at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with a painting and books Source: Wu Yi at Unsplash

Symmetry is Key

If you’re looking for balance, you can still think of using different levels and adding a new visual to the buffet table. In the first photo, the two lamps sitting on each side create a sense of symmetry aided by the three frames above the buffet table, while the rest of the objects are displayed in a more or less organic way.

Dining room buffet table with symmetrical lamps Source: Corinne Kutz at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with symmetrical plants Source: Yael Gonzalez at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with symmetrical candles Source: Kyle Austin at Unsplash

Follow Your Personal Taste

What matters the most in this process is that you follow your personal taste and use it to your advantage. If you prefer a more minimalist buffet table with plenty of storage inside, choose neutral, stylish pieces that will blend into the room. If, on the other hand, your instinct is driving you towards a wholesome, mismatched buffet table in your dining room, there are a lot of options that will ultimately make you happier with what you see.

Dining room buffet table with a lot of vases Source: Andre Davis at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with two plants and a speaker Source: Jeffrey Ngo at Unsplash
Dining room buffet table with collection of things Source: Annie Spratt at Unsplash


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