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Decorating a Dining Room Buffet

Decorating a dining room buffet will add style to your dining room and start the buyer dreaming of a future in your home. One where they can create happy memories with friends and loved ones.

Make sure your dining room feels as large and roomy as possible (more on this in arranging furniture). A crowded dining room is a turn-off to buyers. If your dining room is large enough for a buffet or sideboard, go all out to make it as fabulous as possible.

Guidelines for Decorating a Dining Room Buffet

  • Use art and mirrors to create a stunning backdrop
  • Try symmetry to add harmony and balance. Examples of symmetry are: two matching lamps on either end, or two tall matching candlesticks
  • Vary the heights of the objects in the middle
  • Keep your color scheme consistent with the rest of the house
  • Set up a fun display of fake food or beverages if you have the space
  • Add a classy floral arrangement or some greenery
  • Keep it tasteful and simple. Always remember that your dining room table is the focal point. The buffet is a supporting player.

High-End Home


  • A large mirror is the perfect backdrop to reflect tall windows, the dining room table, and at night...the sparkling candlelight in the tall matching candlesticks
  • A metal plate on an easel and a beautiful piece of pottery add interest to the middle of the buffet
  • Some silk greenery softens the transition between the plate and pottery and adds that magic touch of green

Antique Buffet in an Elegant Old Home


  • A mirror is a good choice for this buffet as well, because the room is dark. Since this antique buffet is extra wide, the large mirror in the middle wasn't enough. We supplemented with two matching gilded mirrors on either side
  • Two warmly lit glass lamps frame the arrangement
  • Fake pears and tiny red apples look delicious on a pedestal platter
  • Perrier bottles and glasses are a favorite decorator touch
  • Finish with an elegant silk floral arrangement of white hyacinths

Dining Room Buffet in a Smaller Dining Room


  • In a dining room too small for a real buffet, a side table provides the suggestion of a buffet and anchors a large blank wall
  • Three matching prints fill the wall space
  • Side chairs have a place to "park," allowing the dining room to feel as spacious as possible
  • The "buffet" plays a supporting role to the beautifully decorated dining room table. Add a small fern, a pretty ceramic, and two glass pieces that complement the color scheme

Try experimenting with some of these ideas to add more excitement to your dining room.

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Alex Hinst is a home stager and decorator with hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations. 

Alex Hinst Designs is located in Denver's Historic Highlands and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.