Console tables are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in your home, whether you have an open floor plan or not. They’re great when there isn’t room for a full-sized dining table, and they can even double as an entryway table in some spaces. But how do you style a console table? With this ultimate guide to styling a console table, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of how to use it in various situations, plus what styles go best with it and what pieces you need to put it all together.
First Things First: Picking the Right Console Table
Before you rush out and purchase your console table, it’s important to choose one that will be in keeping with your overall style. For example, if you like minimalist décor but also like creating focal points (which console tables are great for), choosing an ornate table may feel out of place in your space. Other factors to consider include color, size and what type of surface you want—wooden or metal? You can even go for something more unusual like marble or glass! The main thing is to pick one that fits in with your room perfectly.
Other things to consider include size, color and material. If you like having lots of different bits and pieces on display, it’s best to pick one that’s not too large or bright; equally, if you like minimalism in your home, go for something simple. Finally, if you plan on displaying flowers or other potted plants on your console table, choose one with plenty of surface area. You might also consider investing in some table legs that are taller than usual—this will create more room underneath for displays. For added style points, look for consoles made from natural materials such as timber or marble rather than black painted metal.
Once you’ve decided on a console table, make sure it fits in your room. Use something like a small bookshelf or coffee table to determine how much space you have—if there is limited room underneath your console, it may be too big for your needs. Make sure you’re clear about what features and dimensions are included in different styles of consoles. Also, check that you have all the accessories required for installation, such as wall brackets or screws. Finally, remember that you can always add additional furniture over time if your console doesn’t hold enough stuff! Once everything checks out and fits into place correctly, it’s time to style!
Identify the Functional Needs
Before you can style your console table, it’s important to identify what functionality you want out of it. Keep in mind that if it’s purely decorative and doesn’t serve a functional purpose, that’s fine too—but just keep in mind that many buyers looking for tables will use them for storage or as accent pieces. It can be helpful to ask yourself whether you want easy access to frequently used items, such as remotes or family photos. If so, choose a table with open shelves or multiple drawers. On the other hand, if you only plan on keeping rarely used items inside your console table (like collectibles), then its contents don't matter as much; all that matters is how stylish and well-designed your furniture piece looks.
Once you know what your functional needs are, it will be easier to narrow down your options and choose furniture that complements your home design. For example, if you plan on displaying family photos or other sentimental items on top of your console table, make sure you find one with ample storage space or display shelves inside it.
If you don’t plan on storing anything inside your console table, then it’s OK if it doesn’t have any drawers or storage space. However, make sure you choose one that fits well with your room design and decorative style. One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their homes is neglecting furnishings because they find them either too plain or too boring.
Choose the Decor to Tie it All Together
Before buying any decor for your console table, decide on your style. It might be retro, minimalist or traditional. Once you’ve decided on your style, get creative! Choose pieces that speak to you. For example, if you want a Boheme-inspired design, buy decor with free-spirited textures and patterns. This way, everything in your room will flow together nicely. If you’re doing something more modern, choose pieces that are blocky and geometric. For a more traditional look, go for delicate and understated elements. If you want something retro, think colorful and patterned! Once you’ve chosen your decor, place it on your console table to get an idea of how it will look together.
Types of decor to consider:
- Decorative objects
- Bins, Baskets or Trays
- Coffee table books
- Photo frames
Now that you’ve gotten everything, it’s time to put it all together! Use your console table as an opportunity to get creative. Think of it as just another part of your home decor rather than just a functional space for putting things. If you don’t like something, you can always change it later! Your home is an ever-evolving organism, so keep that in mind when designing rooms.