A credenza is a multitalented piece of furniture. It can hold fine china or stereo components. It can serve as a platform for a television or a tray with bar supplies. It’s also a good place to put Thanksgiving platters piled high with food.
“Everyone likes them for storage, and for serving,” said Raili Clasen, an interior designer in Newport Beach, Calif. “If you’re having a party, it’s a great flat surface.”
The only downside? The design of many credenzas is uninspired.
“They’re just blocky pieces of furniture,” Ms. Clasen said, that take up a lot of space without adding much decorative appeal. “I only like them when they add some design.”
One option is to look for a credenza with an unexpected shape, finish or details. Another is to focus on styling your credenza with art, accessories and plants.