Micro Makeover: This Is How You Style a Console Table

Updated 09/23/16
Tony Vu for One Kings Lane

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.

Eve Wilson

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.

Terrain Bird's Nest Fern String Garden $48
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Amber Interiors Rouge Pillow $225
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Kinfolk Volume 20 $18
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Serena & Lily Round Belly Baskets $128
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Tony Vu for One Kings Lane

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.

Jayson Home Vintage Green Truck $895
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Legacy Side Chair $1589
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Hamish Robertson Pyrite Light (No.1) $50
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Cire Trudon Ernesto Classic Candle $95
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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.

Anthropologie Eureka Table Lamp $68
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Jayson Home Artist's Hand $48
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Made Measure Leather Tab $18
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Wisteria Hand-Painted Chinese Lidded Jar $149 $100
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Tony Vu for One Kings Lane

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.

Elsa Rug $105
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Visual Comfort & Co. Jake Buffet Table Lamp $272
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Rectangle Horn Mirror $379
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Tom Ford by Tom Ford $94
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Brittany Ambridge

“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.

Wisteria Louis XVI End Chair $389 $330
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CB2 Navy Hour Glass $30
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Michael Gittes I Will Cross Oceans
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Michael Gittes I Will Cross Oceans (price upon request)

Phillip Jeffries Extra Fine Arrowroot Grasscloth Wallpaper
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Phillip Jeffries Extra Fine Arrowroot Grasscloth Wallpaper (price upon request)

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