Whether you have an empty entryway that you need to fill or a blank spot in your hallway that is just itching for something new, a console table can fit the bill. But once you have one, do you know how to style it to make it look like an interior designer has been in your home? You don’t have to spend a fortune just to get the designer look you want. These décor tips can guide you as you put together an area that fits the overall design scheme you’re going for.
1. Add a Focal Point
No matter the size of your console table, you need something to draw the eye in. There is a wide range of options here, including these ideas:
- Fine art
Something oversized adds drama to the space, but make sure that it is not wider than the table. There should be at least a couple of inches on each side to keep it from feeling too large for the piece of furniture. When styling above the table, you can also use an odd number of similar items to get the same look and feel of one large piece.
2. Create Height
Console tables are typically long and low, but you can add height with a few small touches. Consider candlesticks, vases, sculptures or a lamp on top to bring the eye upward, similar to the way the artwork or focal piece above the furniture does. You can play with using a symmetrical or asymmetrical setup, but remember to focus on balance.
3. Layer and Stack Accessories
The most exciting part of styling a console table is adding in all the accessories. However, it is easy to get carried away and add too many things. Editing what you choose to use can help create a cohesive, layered look that interior designers are known for. Using stacked books, baskets or boxes helps you build a base on which to build. You can either create a linear look with the stacks lined up vertically or horizontally, or you can stagger them on each shelf for a more natural appearance. Bowls and greenery can soften the look, pulling things together.
4. Fill It In
Once you have the basic structures in place, you are ready to fill in the gaps. Sentimental items with great personal value work well here. Small figurines or collections of intricate items add personality and interest to your space.
Buying a new console table is not only a great way to fill in an empty space, but it’s also an opportunity to create a personalized design that makes you happy every time you walk by.