There are countless ways you can approach styling a console table. You can keep it simple and classic or you can create an eclectic decorative statement with multiple decorative accessory items. Whatever the approach, there are a few tried and true components that every console table should have.
LAMPS–a pair of lamps is one of the most popular design ingredients for styling a console table. Matching lamps provide symmetry as well as ambient lighting within a room and will give a larger console table the visual weight it needs up top.
tip: for a more eclectic look, use a single lamp on one side of the table and a grouping of accessories to balance it on the other side.
PERSONAL TOUCHES–console tables give you the perfect platform for displaying personal items in your home. Assemble a grouping of collectibles, display family photos and decorate with pieces that have meaning to you and your family.
tip: place accessories in groups of three for a more harmonious feel (i.e.: orchid+books+clock and bird+two bowling pins)
MIRRORS–in place of traditional artwork, try a mirror or two over the console table. Mirrors will enhance any natural light coming into the space and is an ideal wall decor solution in a foyer or hallway.
tip: in most cases, the size of the mirror should allow it to hang within the dimensions of the table, not extend beyond the edge of the table
BASKETS–baskets are one of the best accessories you can use when styling your console table. Baskets add texture, fill the void under the table and help keep clutter under control.
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OTTOMANS–I love placing ottomans or stools under an open-bottom console table. Ottomans add visual weight and impact in addition softening the lines of the table.
DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES–it’s a given that your console table should have accessories on it but which accessories you choose can make or break the overall design impact of you console. My top three accessories items for console tables are VASES, FLORALS & FRAMES. Don’t be shy with your accessory statement and mix and match colors, finishes and styles to give your table that personal touch.
tip: create a color theme with the furnishings and decorative elements you use to style your table
BOOKS–you can never go wrong with books when styling a console table. Use books to fill shelves, elevate decorative objects and add color.
ARTWORK–the artwork you hang over a console table can really help define the space and the overall look for the table vignette. A collection of art can be just as dynamic as a single large piece and decorative objects added into the arrangement can provide added visual interest.
tip: use uniform spacing between the art pieces so the arrangement reads as a single grouping versus individual elements
Are you inspired? I know I am.
I’ve got a beautiful wood console table that I’m considering painting black so I decided to pull together an inspiration board to help me visualize the look. If you see something you like, you can shop the board below.
SHOP THIS BOARD:
Crystal Column Lamp–Lamps Plus / Faceted Metal Vase–West Elm / Rosewood Porcelain Ceramic Vase–Ballard Design
Nate Berkus Metal Feather Ball–Target / Rossington Console Table–Wayfair / Silk Orchid–Overstock
Kelsey Umbrella Stand–Wayfair / Safavieh Heritage Black and Ivory Rug–Wayfair
You don’t have to use all of these elements when styling your table but a combination of 2 or 3 will definitely help you create a table with style.