The console table: Most often found in entryways, it also makes its way along the walls of any room in the house, from living areas to dining rooms. While practical in theory—we all need a place to drop our keys and loose change—the console is really an opportunity to create a showstopping design moment. Because a console’s purpose is often to fill a wall, it’s not enough to drop it in place and call it a day. A beautiful interior vignette—as decorated by the best interior designers—has many layers: a rug, one or two accent chairs, art, and mirrors.
The idea is to outfit your console by creating an environment around it, expanding it beyond its four legs with floor-to-ceiling accessories. Ready to give your own console a much-needed makeover? We’re giving you the tools with five console designs to fit any décor personality. Are you a beach bum or a die-hard traditionalist? We’ve got the console for you.
You enjoy walks on the beach, and you want your home to reflect that. Laid-back is your middle name. If you crave that airy and beachy feel, re-create it in your entryway with dip-dyed woven baskets, palm plants, and colorful boho accents.
Maybe you’re an editor or an art curator, but one thing’s for sure: Your discerning eye is second to none. You effortlessly collect antiques, art, and modern pieces, and they always seem to perfectly fall together. Add ambience to your entryway with a sultry scented candle. Mix art, antiques, and worldly accents together in a similar color palette for a chic edited look.
You may as well have been born in Copenhagen because you live and breathe Nordic design. Your home is filled with interesting vignettes of perfectly placed objects, so why not translate that into your entryway? Float a sleek white console as a neutral backdrop to your collectibles, and display your modern array of artifacts.
Everyone probably loves your décor style because you stand on the edge of tradition and modernism. You love clean lines and graphic patterns, but you also know the value of traditional layering. Choose a sleek console table and layer it with books, a mirror, art, lamps, and a ginger jar filled with cherry blossom branches. Your console will be beautifully layered in no time.
“More is more” is your motto, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You make bold choices when it comes to your décor and fully embrace them. Opt for a colorful grasscloth backdrop and contrast it with a bold cobalt antique chair. If you choose an antique chest as your console, offset it with monochrome contemporary art. It’s all about making a bold statement.
Michael Gittes I Will Cross Oceans (price upon request)
Phillip Jeffries Extra Fine Arrowroot Grasscloth Wallpaper (price upon request)