A furniture favourite because of its versatility, a console table can be a lot of things: a drop zone for keys and paperwork, a perch for platters of food or a pretty place to display frames and flowers. But how do you make this practical piece perfect for your home? If you’re struggling to find the right console table or need some decor inspiration, here are 15 easy ideas to style this all-important piece of furniture.
Bright and Beautiful
Often found in the hallway, you can use a console to create the illusion of space. The pale painted finish on this Shay console table helps keep this lobby area light and bright and, combined with a runner, it elongates the passageway so the eye is drawn to a stylish focal point. This sightline is enhanced by framing the console with hanging planters suspended from the bannisters – a handy tip for renters as you avoid having to make holes in the ceiling.
This look with its rich, rustic textures is a characterful blend that’s crying out to be touched. Set against soft green cladding and a pale painted wooden floor, the golden shade of the solid oak grain on our beautiful Parquet console table creates a warm welcome. Its distinctive decorative design combines “weathered” timber with a smooth bevel surround and bronze square handles which, together with some artfully placed accessories, adds depth and interest without compromising the simplicity of the scheme.
Often people use colour to unite a scheme but you can also experiment by using specific shapes to create cohesion. Revolving around a circular theme, cast curves as the hero with the routed handles on our mid-century inspired Ellipse console table. Picking up on cues in the carpentry, the gentle sweeping arms on our Orbit accent chair echo the curves on the console. Topping the table with our Novaro lamp rounds things off beautifully.
If you’re leaning towards right angles rather than voluptuous forms, you might prefer a look that has a chunky cubist theme. The simple lines of our Mantis Light console table are the perfect showcase for the exotic mango wood grain. Emphasise the sleek silhouette of the furniture’s design by introducing rectangular frames, pictures and books which will give you visual references throughout the scheme as your eye travels across the room.
The top of the console table might be the obvious place to add styling touches but don’t forget to utilise the space underneath. You don’t always need a console with a low slung shelf either. The dramatic colour on the wall behind this Brindle console table helps draw your eye down to make a more striking showcase of the vases and basket so they stand out in a way that’s pretty as well as practical.
By their very nature hallways tend to be a magnet for all kinds of stuff. While lots of us might look for solutions to streamline this, you could make a feature of it by dialling up the eclecticism with antique finds, quirky collections of treasures and playing with textures, weaves, patterns and finishes. Our Wiltshire console table anchors the scheme and creates a sense of order with two drawers as a place to pop keys, phones and other everyday essentials while the low slung shelf can house shoes, wellies, blankets and throws.
Let there be light
Adding a lamp to this Roman console gives the appearance of height and elegance while also providing your room with an additional light source; an alternative to ceiling spots, it’s great for creating ambience and softening the mood of a space. We love the top tip about popping the lamp on a timer switch so you always arrive home to a warm, friendly feel.
For a mid-century aesthetic that’s fresh but still got bags of character, we love this Oslo console table. The simplicity of the frame, tapered legs, smooth fronted drawers and wooden peg handles centres the attention on the integrity of the oak and quality of the cabinetry. Because of its fuss-free design, you can afford to make a more of a splash with your styling. Choose colourful painted ceramics, funky geometric patterned pieces and get creative with additional storage that can be stowed neatly under the console: a vintage suitcase fits the retro theme and is a great way to keep shoes or scarves, hats and gloves out of sight while still being easily accessible.
Black and white are eternally stylish. The chalky white finish on our Hove console table is the perfect way to explore this ever fashionable pairing. For maximum impact dial up the drama by choosing dark charcoal or slate as a backdrop which creates a beautiful contrast with the cabinetry’s light reflecting surfaces and fuss-free lines. The solid oak top and pop of greenery softens the look but still allows for an arresting interplay between light and dark.
Style to Set The Scene
You can use your console to add seasonality to a space. Set the scene for spring or summer, for example, by changing the styling to reflect changes happening around you. Dress the generous top, like we have here with our Kyoto console table, and incorporate organic elements foraged from nature or add meaningful mementoes and treasures to mark significant moments and highlights in the calendar.
If you like the idea of edgier industrial interiors but don’t want to go all out then take the softly, softly approach and introduce a feature element with the bold form of our Brooklyn console table. The pared-back honey-toned oak and architectural metal frame has a sturdiness that contrasts beautifully with a tactile mix of ceramics, Eucalyptus and natural weaves. It’s a trendy update that’s super useful too.
In The Navy
Providing a nod to the nautical, navy, wood and brass make a classic combination that is currently enjoying a major revival. Our design feeds are brimming with dramatic inky blues and are proof you don’t need a home on the coast to channel this look. Making a statement wherever you live, our Highgate console table – in its saturated shade of blue and featuring antiqued brass cup handles and rustic oak top – looks fresh against muted neutrals but is just as striking if you want to take the plunge with an accent shade as a backdrop…see what floats your boat.
Cater for Versatility
Not just for hallways and sitting rooms, a console table’s mix of style and practicality make it ideal in a dining room setting too. Going for a design like this Burford console table that’s sturdy and has shelving as well as drawers will mean you have greater versatility in the way you use it. Platters, crockery and glassware fit beautifully on the lower levels while you can keep cutlery in the drawers and use the generous surface to create a drinks station that looks elegant whether you’re entertaining or not. Completing the look by adding a picture on the wall will mean it’s not only a brilliant storage solution but a pretty feature too.
This Kemble console in a soft putty painted shade sets the tone for a serene scheme. Build on this by adding in accessories in a similar colour but, to avoid it feeling flat, include a natural element with a flourish of foliage. A houseplant or a vase filled with sculptural leaves will bring life to the look without disrupting the neutral palette.
The Scandi aesthetic has got “less is more” down to a fine art. An ever-popular trend that’s ideal for apartment living or homes that are craving a bit of room to breathe, there’s a lot to be said for keeping things simple with clean lines and subtle symmetry. This Cascade console table has a slender scale and slim angled legs that lend a lovely lightness to the overall look and feel of a space. Continue the modern minimalist vibe with your styling – the warmth of the wood allows you to keep the accessories and palette pared back without running the risk of it being stark or clinical.