When it comes to styling surfaces around the house, coffee tables tend to get the most attention, and thus, steal the spotlight. But console tables are just as important—in fact, even more so, since they’re often located in the entryway, where a good first impression is crucial. Keep reading to learn 19 console table decorating ideas that will tie the whole room together!
01. Tuck Stools Underneath
Sculptural, understated, and decidedly avant garde accents are the name of the game in Athena Calderone’s living room. A rustic wood console is the perfect surface for sculptural vases and a catch-all as well as a good place to tuck some extra seating under.
02. Display On-Theme Flowers
Take a page from Tamsin Johnson’s console table decorating book and feature florals that reflect the artwork—it’s the ultimate way to bring a work of art to life. Even better if you place your arrangement in cheeky vases like these. The contrast between the playful elements and the classic furniture is refreshingly style-forward.
03. Take It To The Dining Room
Dining rooms are another great place for console tables, as you can always use an extra spot for additional plating and florals. Whether you opt for a classic console or a buffet, consider adding a lamp for extra task lighting that’s still stylish.
04. Spruce Up the Floors
The space between a console table and floor can look a little awkward when empty, especially in a super collected and thoughtful space, like this hallway in the home of designer Mally Skok. She decided to fill the gap with two decorative baskets that complement the tabletop antiques while also adding a more casual twist.
05. Slide In a Bench
As stylish as decorative objects can look in that gap zone, you can also opt for a more functional piece, like a bench. Here, Catherine Kwong chose a bench that fits perfectly under the console table so it can be tucked away when not in use to keep that walkway clear.
06. Mix and Match
The unexpected, eye-catching hot pink walls deserve an equally dramatic console to accompany them. In this 19th-century Brooklyn townhouse by Jonathan Berger, this is accomplished by going ultra classic with an elaborate gilt mirror and console, a traditional chinoiserie vase filled with super tall cherry blossom branches, and a chandelier.
07. Use a Pedestal
Simply no room for a console table? Try a pedestal instead. In this contemporary Santa Barbara adobe home designed by Corrine Mathern Studio, it fits perfectly behind the stairs and adds that extra oomph without looking out of scale. It’s the perfect “entryway” apartment solution when your front door opens up to your living room, kitchen, or even your bedroom.
08. Try a Bench
Tamsin Johnson chose a low-to-the-ground, rustic console that could double as a bench. Thanks to its more slim profile, it’s the perfect fit for a tighter quarters yet it still provides an extra surface for decor. The mirrored wall behind it amplifies the space, making it feel more open and airy.
09. Drape Some Fabric
Not in love with how your console looks? Or maybe you just want to switch things up? Take note from this one in an entry by Reath Design. They covered the existing console with gingham fabric, asserting the eclectic tone and style of the rest of the home.
10. Spring for Two Tiers
A double-tier console table has the added perk of more surface space for extra coffee table books while the top shelf can be designated to the essentials, like a light to leave on for anyone coming home late and a catch-all for keys. Pro tip: Hang a long mirror horizontally to mimic the proportions of the console table, as designer Heidi Caillier did here.
11. Put a Stool to Use
When you don’t have a double-tiered console table, you can still create a space for extra books and decorative objects. Get creative and use an accent stool when it’s not being used as a seat.
12. Stack Coffee Table Books
Or, here’s a third idea that requires no additional pieces of furniture at all: Simply stack the books from the floor until they reach the bottom of the table, like Nick Olsen did here. It’s surprisingly stylish and keeps you things looking organized. Then use the top of the console for a tray with bar essentials, especially in a study, home office, or living room.
13. Treat It Like a Mantel
Decorate your skirted console table the same way you would your mantel—with flowers, decorative objects, and candlesticks for mood lighting. The linen fabric draped over this one in a living room by Heather Hilliard Design adds a nice traditional and subtle touch to offset the modern, playful green lucite coffee table.
14. Go Halvsies
A demilune is the perfect console table choice for pint-sized apartments or nooks and crannies. Plus, the rounded half-moon shape is softer than some angular designs of console tables. Here, Danielle Colding Design kept it simple with a catch-all on top of two design books and a clear vase that takes up minimal visual real estate.
15. Turn It Into a Desk
If you do a lot of work from home, consider repurposing your console table into a desk or vanity table. In this bedroom by Tom Scheerer, the side table provides room for extra office supplies as well as bedroom essentials and adjustable lamp is perfect for both studying at the table and reading in bed.
16. Choose Functional Decor
A basket on the bottom tier of this console in a Reath-designed space is perfect for random items like scarves and sweaters but also looks stylish.
17. Be Strategic About Storage
If you want something in the entry that gives you the look of a console table but with the added benefit of more storage space, opt for a slim dresser, like interior designer Raji Radhakrishnan did here.
18. Set the Right Tone
If you only have room for a slim console table in a smaller entryway, styling details are even more important, as it’s the one shot at a good impression. Here, the antique console strikes a great balance between upscale and refined, lived in and approachable.
19. Put It Behind a Sofa
If you opted for a floating sofa or sectional layout in a large living room, stacking a console table behind it will be a great visual cue of a transition in use case while also providing extra reading light. Use this space designed by Heather Hilliard as a blueprint.
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