How to Style a Credenza
If you’ve been watching my Pinterest boards, you might have recently noticed a few pinning sprees with one theme — credenzas. I have 2 in my home, both with TVs hung above them. Nose crinkle, I know. But in my home (and most people’s homes), TVs are a necessity, and a credenza below a TV just looks better. For the last few months I’ve been playing around, and I just can’t seem to nail the art of how to style a credenza.
I want to distract from the old tube; however, my Type-A personality husband might go clinically insane. Moving decor around the house is enough to drive him batty. You add in decorative branches or a lampshade creeping into the frame of the television…lookout. His eyes will pop out and his head will spin.
Me trying to style a credenza has become comical. I’m constantly moving this here, that there. Turning, nudging. Maybe a stack of books? Nope. Maybe a lamp? Nope. Maybe the lamp on the stack of books? Nopey, nope, nope. How about a vase? Add in a succulent? I mean everything looks better with a succulent, right? Maybe a piece of art leaned casually against the wall. OK, take a step back…yep, just what I thought. It’s a hot mess. The Boy just asks, “Are you done yet?”
So I thought Pinterest might help me figure it out. Decode the mystery. Rub the magic lamp for proper placement. Group three vases of different heights together just so. Don’t add too much, but please add enough. What I started to see were pyramids. Objects placed small to large. Whether in a grouping or as a whole, you start to see the outline. Start with one large object and fill in the open space with medium and small decorative objects.
The layered look above is gorgeous, but it’s probably the most difficult for me to master. Overlapping art, casually propped against the wall. It’s so perfect. Here the plants bring the sterility of black and white to life. This credenza has a lot going on, but in keeping with only tones of green, the plants play nicely off each other. Giving it a cohesive look.
This credenza is quite simple. Not much to it really. Adding a medium-sized plant and a few tactile objects like the terrarium, brass candle holder and basket gives both sides balance. I don’t know if it’s the door, but this entryway has that wow factor. Yet it’s so simple. Casual. I love how the textures are popping.
A cactus in a cloche might be the next best thing to sliced bread. Add in a Tom Dixon candle and a casual stack of books…well, apparently you have the most perfectly styled credenza on the planet. Yep, that’s right. I said it. It looks like someone was just recently there and dropped off some books. Maybe that is what makes this space look so inviting. It has a sort of lived-in look.
So now it’s time to take my pinsperation and execute the perfect credenza style. Can it be done? Sure! Will there be a second, third, fourth attempt before I master my sense of style. Yup! Sure will! Might even have some curse words and some tears. But, when it’s finally done, I can guarantee it will be a perfectly polished display that will make my space feel finished…and most of all, me happy.
Last Updated on January 13, 2022 by Kyla Herbes