How To | Style A Console Table
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there’s often several ways to do one thing. This holds true for styling any piece of furniture. We’re sharing some go-to tips and guidelines that we use for styling any console table in your home. If you’re in need of some pointers and an idea of where to begin, keep on scrolling!
Let’s dive right in. Console tables don’t require an extreme amount of objects or decoration. Sometimes it’s actually better if you keep it simple. Our first go-to item is something to go on the wall above your console table. Art and mirrors are two of our favorite items to use. The shape doesn’t always matter, but make sure that the scale works well with the size of your table. A huge piece of art above a narrow or short console table will look out of balance.
(If your console table is not against a wall, omit the paragraph above and keep on reading. These next tips will apply to you.)
Next up: lighting. Table lamps are another go-to of ours. If you’re going for a symmetrical look, we recommend using two lamps. Tall lamps usually work best, especially if your console table is lower than 35″ because they will give this area in your home a great presence.
You don’t just have to focus on the surface of your console. Ottomans are a fun and functional way to add texture and pattern to this area in your home. If your console table has open space underneath, add one or two ottomans. You can pull them out for additional seating when guests are over, or keep them tucked under the table.
For our friends that are using a chest piece or going for an asymmetrical look, we’ve got you covered too. If you have a chest, you can’t use ottomans underneath – so save that idea for a typical console table.
To achieve the asymmetrical look, use just one lamp on one side of the surface. This can be balanced with several accessories and a few medium sized items, like vases or plants.
In both of these cases, we still suggest hanging or leaning a piece of art or a mirror on the wall above the chest or console.
So, we’ve got the basics covered. Here comes the challenging part: accessories. This part gets difficult because there are so many different ways to accessorize – and none of them are the “wrong way,” it’s just personal preference. We love using items that are sentimental to our clients to create a more meaningful area in their home. A few of our other go-to accessories include:
Vases and other tall items
Pick a few of your favorite accessories and get going. Playing around with these items is the only way to find the perfect balance. You can layer accessories or keep it simple – whichever you prefer! Either way, the outcome will be a beautiful vignette feature space in your home.