Today, those tables and their offspring give a dining room its grown-up sensibility. Despite the decorating world’s attraction to all things modern, Lindquist has seen consistent appreciation for the sideboard. “It has a great presence—a beautiful surface, a height that nicely anchors a room, and it’s practical for storage and display,” he says. In addition, many of today’s designers enjoy finding new roles for the sidebord, perhaps as a display table or even a bathroom vanity. And they aren’t afraid to mix the centuries-old antique with edgy designs.
According to Charlotte designer Jane Schwab, incorporating an 18th-century-style sideboard into any style of dining room is important. She cites the practicality of this serving table but says what really makes it essential to her work is its ability to make memories. “Think of the great meals and the conversations you have in the dining room. The sideboard is part of that,” she says. Schwab also appreciates its tall stature for more than just function. “It’s nice to have a variation of heights in the space.”
Pollak encourages people to use their fine pieces. “The sideboard is great to hold silverware, but keep your playing cards and jigsaw puzzles in there as well,” she suggests. And she emphasizes the importance of accessories when incorporating a sideboard. “It needs a beautiful painting or a mirror above it—something to reflect the chandelier and candles,” she says. And the piece should be decked with “a silver or ceramic tea set and a big bowl of flowers.”