Matching furniture in dining room

Sally DeanSeptember 1, 2013

We have a dining table and chairs that match our buffet with china hutch on top. We've talked about also putting in a sideboard/buffet table by itself (i don't know if those are different terms or the same thing). They still sell our set (Clifton Park D420) but they don't have a different buffet table. It would be the same piece that is under our hutch. I like the piece, but the top 3 drawers have things built in that only allow silverware, so I'd rather have something else that would allow for more storage.

So, my question is, if my table, chairs and hutch all match, would a different sideboard/buffet table stick out like a sore thumb? I'd like to do something different, but am afraid it will look strange, but I'm also afraid of trying to match the woods and having that be strange.

Any thoughts? Why couldn't I have been born with any knowledge of decorating? lol

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First, if your room isn't massive in size, (no less than 15'+ in width if your table is 42" wide) I wouldn't consider adding an additional piece of furniture to the room. What is the purpose of the sideboard? To serve or to store?

If you are fortunate enough to have a very large dining room, you can mix and match furnishings 'carefully'.

Here is an English style dining table and chairs with a gessoed & painted chest that complement one another in a room I worked on. English and French styles combined. It would not have been as successful if every thing was in mahogany.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 4:59PM
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Sally Dean

Thanks for your reply. Our dining room is about 12 x 12. The china hutch we have is 18" deep and our table is 40". The sideboard I was thinking of putting in there would be about 18". So, with my calculations, assuming we center the table, we would have 34" from table end to the sideboard and 34" to the china hutch. From what I read, that's ok if you don't want a path to walk behind the people seated at the table.

So, if I forgo the sideboard, would I center the table in the room creating a bigger walkway on one side of the table? Or would I then center it between the wall and china hutch? The opposite walls of the room have a window and a 5' opening to another room. I had thought I should center the table completely in the middle of the room so it's centered on the window as well.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 1:21PM
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Still missing some numbers here to layout the room for you. You can see below what I have so far, and what I'm guessing at.

What is the length of the table that is 40" deep, the china hutch, the sideboard. Is the window a picture window like I have displayed in the layout? Any other elements in the room that would effect the layout? How big are the chairs? Is there electric in the ceiling centered for a light fixture? All these elements go into determining what will fit in the room. A picture would help

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 9:32AM
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Sally Dean

The window is 2 windows side by side, so what you have is fine. The opening is correct. In the bottom right of your diagram there needs to be an opening to the kitchen. It's 33" wide and it's all the way to the corner (maybe 3" of wall, then opening, then rest of wall).

The table is 40 x 70. It does have a leaf that can make is 88, but that will only be used for holidays when the whole family is in town, so I'm not worried about that.

The chairs are 24" d x 19,75" w. We have 6 of them.
The china hutch is 18" d x 54.5" w (57.63" at top).
The sideboard is 18"d x 52" w.

Please ignore the mess in the photo. We are in the middle of going through some things and have temporarily placed stuff on the table. Also there is a table in the right far corner that will most likely be moved and another piece that you can barely see on the right that will also be moved out of that room. We still need to hang the chandelier and buy some curtains. I could really use a suggestion for a curtain color. The walls are Benjamin Moore Hush and Benjamin Moore Lodge. I had thought something gold/orange would be nice and found some called Gold Imperial Striped at World Market (, but they looked so dull in the room. So, I need something else. I want something to pop! The plan was to put the sideboard on the wall opposite the china hutch and put a nice painting over it with colors that match with the curtains.


Here is a link that might be useful: Gold Imperial Striped Curtain

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:12PM
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Sally Dean

Here's the wall with the china hutch (which also needs to be cleaned out). I feel like we will never be done getting things in order! Ahhhh!!!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:16PM
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Well the room is just lovely. I like the direction you are taking with the drapery and think they should extend to the ceiling in this room. You'll want to use 2 panels on each side of the window to provide a measure of luxury to the space. From my perspective, they appear bright enough for the room, but it's impossible to tell on the computer. I've taken the liberty to add the drapery & my take on a chandelier to your room image.

I cannot wrap my mind around adding a sideboard to this room. People need space to breathe when they're having dinner & conversing. PURGE. Spareness is the new luxury for interiors. Less visual clutter. If it were my room, I would 86 the hutch on the china cabinet too. Really closes the appearance of the room in. Besides I hate the chore of organizing the stuff on the glass shelves to make it appear attractive.

I've included some pics of a dining room I designed for a client. The pictures were taken before the drapes were installed and accessories placed. We installed built in storage on one wall that visually faded into the architecture on one side and provided a small side board for texture on the other side, but this room is much larger than your dining room and could accommodate both pieces.

This link might be an option for drapery panels.

Here is a link that might be useful: Half Price Drapes

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 8:57AM
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