How to Style a Console Table

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Often times a console table is the first impression as you enter a home. Console tables can be beautiful and functional pieces of furniture in your home. They work well in narrow spaces, and come in every different width, height, and style, so you can always find one to suit your needs. Whether you’re using one in an entryway as I often do, or in a main living space, there are a few key styling elements we love to use on a console table. In today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing tips for how to style a console table.

Ground The Bottom

When I’m styling open consoles, I like to ground the bottom with more substantial items to balance visual weight. Baskets are a great go-to because they bring extra storage for shoes while simultaneously adding great textural detail. To make things more interesting, try styling larger, shapely pieces like vases or even stacked coffee table books.

As a rule of thumb, make sure whatever items you style on the bottom are tall enough to leave only a small space between them and the top of the console.

Keep it Simple

When I style console tables, I love to keep things simple! A few key styling elements are all you need to make a statement in your entryway or living space. In real life, console tables tend to get cluttered when keys, mail, and other day-to-day objects get dropped off on their way in and out of the house. To combat this, and to have a surface available when you need one, leave some empty space on your console table when it comes to décor. Combine style with functionality by incorporating storage solutions into your console. Use decorative boxes or baskets to keep clutter at bay while adding a stylish touch. You can also use trays or bowls to organize keys, sunglasses, or other small essentials.

Go Oversized on Top

Opt for a large, oversized mirror or art piece to hang above your console table. The scale of the piece will help balance the scale of the table, and it adds a fun focal piece that draws your eye upwards. I always leave about 4-6’’‘ from the top of the console table to the bottom of the mirror or art piece. You also want to make sure the mirror or piece of art doesn’t overpower the furniture so it’s important to leave a few inches of space around the entire mirror/art.

Add Greenery

To add texture and warmth to your console table decor, always add a pop of greenery! Also, don’t be afraid to choose larger plants here. I love using greenery to add height to our console table too. For the winter months, I usually add faux stems and in the spring and summer I try to incorporate fresh greens from the yard.

Don’t Forget Lighting

A common mistake I see when it comes to styling a console table is missing lighting. In our décor combination below, I opted for a statement table lamp. Another option is to add sconces to highlight whatever art piece or mirror is hanging above the console table. If your table is in an entryway that has a statement chandelier, opt for a candle or second plant instead.

Remember, your console is a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a stylish focal point. Experiment with different styles, textures, and objects to create a look that speaks to your personal taste. Have fun and let your personality shine!