how to style a console table

Have you ever been impressed with the console table in someone's entryway, living room, or dining room? Are you curious about how to style a console table? This article will bring useful ideas and tips for setting up console tables according to the area and holiday!

What Is a Console Table?

A console table is often used in places with limited space

A console table is often used in places with limited space, such as entryways, behind sofas, hallways, etc.
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A console table is a long rectangular, narrow table about the same height as a dining table, usually about 28 inches to 32 inches tall, and usually leans against a wall. It is often used to display or store items in limited spaces such as entryways, porches, behind the sofa, or any convenient location. With an open concept interior design, a console table can be seen as an object that visually and conveniently divides areas.

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How to Style a Console Table

According to Area

  • Entryway: This is the high traffic area and the first impression for guests. The space below can be used to store shoes and backpacks. Some popular decorative items include:
    • Lamps
    • Wall mirrors
    • Art paintings, personal photos or sculptures
    • A decorative tray for keys, loose change, mail
    • A potted plant
    • A scented candle or even an essential oil diffuser to create an impressive scent
Place a console table at the entryway to create a highlight

Place a console table at the entryway to create a highlight and impress guests
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  • Dining room: The console table in the dining space functions as a serving station or display area, containing auxiliary items such as glasses and wine bottles, supporting the overall dining experience. For the console table type with drawers, it can store dinnerware, cutlery, placemats, and napkins. Some items commonly used for styling are:
    • A beautiful serving tray with handles to hold appetizers, desserts, or drinks
    • Candlesticks for a touch of elegance
    • Potted plants or a framed botanical print create a relaxing feeling when enjoying food
  • Living room: The console table is placed in many different positions in the living room to support relaxation and entertainment activities. It can help tidy up your coffee table and enhance the light in the room. Console tables with drawers and shelves can hold cable boxes and DVR equipment or be specifically used as TV stands. So, how to style a console table in living room?
    • Use a sleek lamp with just enough light for reading or creating a cozy atmosphere
    • Displaying a sculptural piece, an interesting vase, or a travel collection can help you remember beautiful memories
    • Add a few books or magazines, especially ones with beautiful covers, to increase the aesthetic value of the space
    • You can use a console table behind the sofa to store drinks and snacks when entertaining
    • Add candles to create a warm and chill feeling
    • Placing a pot of plants and dried flowers shows your love of beauty
The console table is often placed behind the sofa for relaxation and entertainment

The console table is often placed behind the sofa to support relaxation and entertainment activities
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  • Bedroom: There are many ways to use console tables in the bedroom. Placed next to the head of the bed, it becomes a dressing table or replaces an end table. Placed at the end of the bed, it can be used as a TV stand. Placed next to it, against the wall, is a study desk. Here's how to style a long console table in the bedroom:
    • Place a mirror above
    • Add chairs to turn it into a dressing table or study table
    • Add a lamp with soft light
    • Add a tray to display your favorite jewelry, perfume, skincare, makeup and other items
    • Books or magazines are indispensable for your soul

According to Holiday Season

Now you know how to style a console table under the TV, behind a couch or headboard. Next, Flowyline will suggest how to style a console table for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine, Thanksgiving, which are big festivals and in the summer.

  • Valentine's Day: Flowers and candles are indispensable for the love theme. Add commemorative photo frames, statues of lovebirds or cupids, and a bowl filled with red heart-shaped ornaments. You can consider hanging heart banners or wooden letters, and don't forget to include mementos between the two of you.
  • Summer: Bring the outdoors in with seashells, a bowl of colorful lemons, and a framed beach photograph. When it comes to summer, a lush green tree is indispensable! Use rattan baskets and neutral colors like beige, white, and brown to blend the white sand beach vibe.
Create a summer vibe with neutral color tones for the console table

Create a summer vibe with white, brown, and beige tones for the console table
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  • Halloween: Evoke a spooky ambiance with black candlesticks, a miniature raven figurine, a bat, a skull, a witch's hat, a custom Halloween painting or pillow, a dry black tree branch, and lots of orange pumpkins.
  • Christmas: Fill the winter atmosphere with pine pots, snow-white house models, Santa Claus, miniature pine trees, sparkly star ornaments, a string of fairy lights, candles, laurel wreaths, paintings, and other letters containing good wishes.
Style console table with reindeer, pine tree for a warm Christmas atmosphere

Style console table with reindeer, pine tree, and decorative lights for a warm Christmas atmosphere
Credit: Flowyline Design

Some Tips and Tricks for Styling a Console Table

Add Your Favorite Decor Items

Some basic items are always present in every console table, no matter what space it is placed in or any occasion of the year. They are candles, lamps, vases, and green plants. Plus, it would be a shame not to add your personal touch. Let's add anything you love to look at everyday—something that makes you happier, whether it's a photo, a model, a sculpture, a book or a magazine.

Choose Unique Console Table Legs

The variety of shapes of metal console table legs will inspire you

The variety of shapes of metal console table legs will inspire your DIY project
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Here's how to style a console table quickly and easily, and it's surprisingly effective. Consider unique metal console table legs to make your console table truly unique. The variety of shapes, colors, and sizes will inspire you to choose and set up your special console table.

Tips for Short and Long Consoles

Depending on the available space in the room, you can place the console table short (under 30 inches) or long (60 inches or more). There are a few things to note when choosing a short console table:

  • Do not place heavy objects on the short console table
  • You should use smaller decorative items so as not to create a bulky feeling
  • Stack furniture on top of each other to save space and create visual interest

Add Storage if Needed

Choosing a console table with drawers or shelves increases storage capacity. It is especially useful for storing mail, keys, or other everyday items. If you don't have drawers, you can still take advantage of the space below to place rattan baskets or canvas boxes.

With these ideas and tips, you've learned how to style a console table the way you want. Now is the time to experiment, get creative and enjoy your results!

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