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Vintage Sideboards Vs Contemporary Sideboards - What Style Should You Go For?

Choosing the best sideboard for your home and lifestyle needs requires some thought and consideration. We've talked before about what to look for when choosing a sideboard, but now it's time to consider which style works best for you and your home. These days, there is no end to furniture options from which to choose. To avoid creating a mismatched design scheme that lacks inspiration and cohesiveness, it's best to settle on a style that suits your taste and carry it through the entirety of your home.

You might prefer vintage, contemporary, or a mix of both to style and define your space. Below, we briefly explore vintage, contemporary, and transitional styles by their unique characteristics to explain how to introduce a sideboard using one (or both) of the styles into your home.


When referring to decorating styles and furniture pieces, vintage is often characterized by maturity, excellence, and enduring appeal. A vintage sideboard should speak of the era in which it was produced or manufactured but feel at home in present-day decor. Typically the term vintage describes a piece between 20 and 99 years old. They will often feature a rich, layered look, combining flea-market finds, heirlooms, and furniture designs from various periods when looking at a vintage decorated home. While some pieces are imperfect, they always elude a sense of charm, durability, and authenticity. When trying to achieve this style, look for muted colours, handmade textiles, ornamental details, and sentimental objects. 

If this describes your level of taste, maybe a traditional or vintage sideboard will integrate well into your home.

Below, our Trellis Kitchen Sideboard is a beautiful example with reclaimed Mango wood. Our favourite aspects include its versatile use for any room in the home. 


Trellis Kitchen Dresser

Look for:

  • Intricate details and weathered finishes
  • Jewel tones and muted pastels
  • Subdued curves and slight angles
  • Contemporary

    On the other side of the design spectrum is contemporary design. Contemporary design is all about the present and the future of design. Contemporary design focuses on the basics of clean lines, shape, and form. The concept of what is considered "contemporary design" is always in a state of flux. Contemporary pieces feature softened and rounded lines. If this kind of style sounds appealing to you, then so will our contemporary-inspired sideboards! The reclaimed Railway Shutter Sideboard features a modern look with show stopping style. We especially love the sliding doors and its unique, Neem wood finish.

    Railway Shutter Sideboard

    Look for:

  • Modern and current with tone-on-tone colour palettes
  • Bold pops of colour used sparingly to accentuate a specific area, wall, or detail
  • Furniture with clean lines and smooth surface, free of embellishment or unnecessary carvings


    But what if both of these styles appeal to you? Transitional design is a modern mix of vintage and contemporary design. Achieved through a carefully curated combination of new and vintage elements, it appeals to a broad audience because of its flexible interpretation. When sophisticated, timeless elements are juxtaposed with colours and forms that take on a more modern spirit, the unexpected combinations become decidedly harmonious, exciting, and memorable. The term "transitional design" reflects a room's meshing of contemporary and vintage, combining two styles in one space for a cohesive design. With transitional design, you can work a vintage or contemporary sideboard into your space, regardless of the overall style.


    Pink Jaipur Glass Cabinet


    Look for:

  • Proportions & appropriate scale
  • Transitional style embraces a neutral color palette

  • Transitional design uses contrast for visual interes

  • Check out more of our sideboard collection. With our vast selection, you can find the right sideboard to suit your home’s décor.