Console tables are extremely versatile items of furniture that can be placed almost anywhere in the house to instantly add some focal interest. Due to this versatility, the console table has become a timeless addition to the home that can serve a multitude of purposes and even be re-purposed throughout different rooms of the house should you become bored with its initial placement. Perfect piece of furniture for those who like to move things around from time to time!
It is essential to give your console table purpose prior to actually buying it. So many people, when furniture shopping, see a console table and immediately fall in love with it. They take it home with them overflowing with all of these ideas ofgal where it could go and what they could do it with it, with a mental image of that empty space in the living room where it might just look perfect. Before you even look at a console table though, you need to be asking yourself these questions of where exactly it will go and how you want it to look – as its own feature as well as how it relates to everything else in the room.
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Once you’ve deliberated over the purpose of the console table, you are then free to decorate the table around its intended purpose. By purpose, I don’t mean that it has to have a functional purpose if you don’t want it to. You can use a console table exclusively for decorative purpose, or it could serve as a storage solution or just a handy surface where you need it. Its placement in your home will largely affect both its purpose and usage of course.
Decorating something, then leaving it to find its own purpose can be a dangerous thing when it comes to design. Loose change and other knick knacks that you seem to always produce when emptying your pockets might accidentally find their way onto your console table and clutter the intended design. Habits form hard and fast when given the opportunity. Instead, spot the tendency early on, if you didn’t already anticipate it when console table shopping, and perhaps consider a small basket on an entry table for you to unload into when you first step through the door. Using a console table as an entry table is a great way to welcome guests into your home as soon they enter.
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Console tables work well in narrow spaces, such as hallways, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you can find one to suit almost any room. They don’t have to just be positioned against a wall either. Depending on the size and style of the room, and the placement of the surrounding furniture, you may choose to put the console table behind the sofa. Or even use it as a visual divide to separate different purpose areas of a large open plan room.
But consoles tables aren’t just for hallways and living rooms. A slim, sleek console table in the bathroom could be the perfect place to put a vase of flowers to freshen up the room, maybe even some scented hand cream to impress your guests next time they come around. A console table in the dining room could store your dinner table linen and accessories.
Console tables give us the opportunity to display pieces of our personality to our guests, no matter how quirky. But they also work to visually enhance the room. They are a simple way to breathe life into an otherwise drab area of the house. You can display a large decorative piece to act as the focal point of the room, anchoring its surroundings, or opt for symmetrical or asymmetrical design for your console table display just as effectively. Consider height, depth and colour when arranging pieces on your console table.
Common items to feature on a console table:
- Flower vases
- Photo frames
When paired with a mirror hung over the console table, it will draw attention to the display whilst making the area seem more spacious and airy. Console tables with a mirrored, glass or reflective surface also contribute to making the space appear larger. Glass console tables are great for situations where you feel as if the console table may be cramping a narrow space. Mirrors over the console table are especially popular with entry console tables for this reason, with the added benefit of being able to check your appearance in the mirror before you leave the house!
Wooden console tables are the safest choice when it comes to choosing a console table; it’s a timeless and natural material that works for most styles. Small, large. Thick, slim. One with a simple table design or one that offers some kind of storage solution, perhaps in the form of a shelving unit or drawers or both. If you don’t want the console table itself to feature any kind of storage solution, you could always use the space beneath a standard console table for storage using attractive baskets or boxes, or just place a large sculpture beneath to add even more intrigue to the table. Maybe you have a stool or an ottoman that only gets used when you are entertaining guests. Could they perhaps fit beneath the console table? Or maybe you just want to use the space as somewhere to neatly store your shoes.
There’s a huge variety of console tables out there in many materials to suit any style of home decor and interior design, making the console table a must-have for any home.