How to Style a Console Table–A Table Styling Blog Hop

Hey, everyone! Notice how we skipped right over Monday this week? I came down with a bad head cold, so the only activities I did on Sunday were laying on the couch and watching football. (And for a little while, both at the same time.)

Can we just briefly discuss how if it weren’t for Beyonce and Bruno Mars showing up, an entire nation may have fallen into a Coldplay-induced coma? Chris Martin is clearly suffering now that he’s down a Gwyneth. She would’ve made him go back to the house and change out of that ridiculous getup he was wearing before taking the stage in front of an audience of 100+ million. Get it together, Chris.

Today’s post is part of a series on how to style various tables in your home, one of the great mysteries of life. My blogging friends all picked a different table and will break down the secret formula for making it look pretty. If you’re joining me today from Up to Date Interiors, welcome! Kathy did an excellent job explaining how to style a sofa table. My table of choice is the console table, which is typically placed in a foyer or large hallway. Our console table is my favorite piece of furniture and I get all heart googly eyes when I see it.

How to Style a Console Table from Pretty Practical Home

Let’s break down the 5 things that need to be addressed when adding a console table to your room. Those are the lamps, art/mirror, the area under the table, the area next to the table, and the top of the table.

How to Style a Console Table from Pretty Practical Home

I like to start with a pair of lamps because I find symmetry very soothing. You’ll want your lamps to be tall, at least 28 inches high. The next item to add is either art or a mirror. (I’m going to replace this mirror with a large piece of graphic art, portrait orientation to bring the eye up.) I love mirrors in the foyer as a general rule, but we already have one in the entry vestibule so there’s no need to have a second mirror.

console table

After you’ve added the lamps and art/mirror, the rest is simple. You can display a collection on your console like I’ve done here, or you can add fresh flowers or greenery cuttings in a large vase if you prefer a more minimalist look. For you sentimental types, a collection of family portraits in silver frames is always lovely. I know some don’t like family pictures in the foyer, but I’m more of a “do what makes you happy” type.

lamps and ginger jars

Underneath the console is the perfect spot to add a basket or two for additional storage or a bench. I decided on a pair of benches because we need another basket in this house like we need a hole in the head. If you love negative space, it’s perfectly fine to leave this area empty. (I’m a “more is more” kind of girl.)

ginger jar vertical

Greenery is mandatory in just about every room here, so I added a plant to the side of the table. Other options would be to add a stool or chair, but I wouldn’t do that if you’re already placing a bench under the table. (No one needs that much extra seating.)

foyer from front door

You can see another example of how to style a console table here, but I should warn you that it’s a poorly edited mock-up. The formula used to style this table is very similar to the one I used for styling a media console if you’d like some pointers about what to do with one of those. 

foyer from living room

side of ginger jars

Now I’m going to send you off to get some excellent tips on styling other flat surfaces in your home. This is a two-parter, so I’ll remind you via some type of social media to check out the other posts tomorrow.

Don’t forget to pin this lovely graphic created by our fearless organizer, Stephanie of Casa Watkins. Thank goodness she always comes up with great post ideas, or we’d all be sitting here staring at each other in awkward silence. I appreciate you stopping by, and if you’re going in order, the next stop is Jess at Domicile 37 for bar cart styling. Have a great day!

 Day One Bloggers

Britt Kingery – Desk Styling

Up To Date Interiors – Sofa Table Styling

Pretty Practical Home – Console Table Styling

Domicile 37 – Bar Cart Styling

Casa Watkins – Coffee Table Styling

12670115_998794246836_7181242147859974768_nDay Two Bloggers:

Monica Wants It – End Table Styling

Shabby Grace Blog – Buffet Table Styling

Vintage Romance Style – Round Coffee Table Styling

This Is Our Bliss – Mantel Top Styling


40 thoughts on “How to Style a Console Table–A Table Styling Blog Hop

    1. Thanks, Vel! He seems to be floundering a bit without Gwyneth, doesn’t he? I think he got too much wardrobe advice from JLaw, who is about 20 years younger than he is. Just, no.

    1. Thank you, Lianna! I had to return some ginger jars to my daughter’s room, but now I get to hunt for some new ones. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! I was so happy the stools worked out. It’s got a nice Asian flavor in there now, which I know you can appreciate! 🙂

  1. But I love Chris Martin! And Beyonce was a little naughty for an audience with little kids. 🙂

    Your table looks amazing. I will confess that tables are a problem for me. Between drinks and Ipads and things like that, we need space. Our tables don’t always look fashionable.

    Off to see more of your buddies and their ideas.

    1. Hi, Stacey! Beyonce is always naughty–my line to the kids is always, “Looks like those girls need to go put some more clothes on!” Paige also laments how Taylor Swift used bad words on her latest album. As far as the tables go, I keep the electronics in baskets (we have a basket in just about every room). I do like to keep drinks handy and can’t imagine having a chair without a table next to it. My ottoman still isn’t styled–haven’t touched the family room at all so it’s not very inspiring!

  2. Sharon, Your blog is really beautiful and hilarious. I kinda figured it would be after meeting you yesterday. That was really fun.So great meeting you.Love the blue and white pieces. I know I’ll be getting some good tips over here. And yes, what was Chris Martin thinking?

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Leslie! I had so much fun sitting next to you and my girls were both blown away by your gorgeous Valentine. My older daughter took it to show to her friends. Notice that she didn’t take mine… Looking forward to the next meetup and following your blog–it’s so much more fun to follow along after getting to meet bloggers in person. As for Chris Martin, it was like a cautionary tale about why dancing isn’t for everyone. I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Love your table and how you styled it! The blue and white collection is perfect. Enjoyed meeting you yesterday and will be following your beautiful blog.

    1. Thank you, Eilis! It was such a treat to meet you and the other lovely ladies yesterday and I’m also looking forward to following your blog. So nice to be able to put a person to a website! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks, Sara! It’s a work in progress and I think when we get the painting done it’s going to be beautiful. I don’t think I can look at the beige walls much longer! #firstworldproblems I’m feeling much better, thanks! I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. This is soooo elegant! I love how everything works together. I’m excited to see what art you end up putting there, but that mirror is super cool! I don’t have enough space in my entry for a table like this but I think the whole setup is super welcoming.

    1. Thank you, Brittany! The art is going to be big and dramatic–I’m thinking of this pair or something similar. Black and white and big all over. After not having a foyer for many years, I decided I’m the type who likes an obnoxiously big entryway if I can swing it. 😉

  5. Hi Sharon, beautifully styled table and area. I love your blue and white collection.
    So great to meet you today at our luncheon.
    Thanks again for the chocolate treat.
    Have a great weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thank you, Celeste! It was such a pleasure to meet you and I hope you enjoy the chocolate, since my crafting is (as usual) nothing to write home about. I’m looking forward to the next group outing and to following along with your blog! I hope you have a great weekend, too. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Laura! I truly enjoyed meeting you today, and truly appreciate you making the effort to get the group organized. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again in May!

    1. Is there anything Target doesn’t do well? 😉 The benches are wonderful and very portable–I think we’ll get a lot of use out of them.

    1. Thanks, Monica! Yes, I’m thinking about putting “Down a Gwyneth” on t-shirts and coffee mugs. Can’t believe how nice the stools are for the price–absolutely love them. 🙂

  6. Yes!! Those benches are fabulous! I’ve often referred to myself as a “more is more” kind of gal, so I’m happy to hear it shouted from the rooftops! What IS negative space anyways?? haha! Beautiful job on the entire set-up and tips 😉 -Rachael

    1. Negative space is something that makes me feel negative, so I try to avoid it at all costs. The benches are just what I was hoping for–interesting, sculptural and cheap!

  7. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one bored to death by Coldplay. I wasn’t at home, was in the hospital with my Dad, but we were watching the game, and I wasn’t entertained in the least. It was such a letdown! Anyhow, I LOVE your table, and the tips!

  8. Love you Sharon. You are too funny, I too loved Coldplay’s performance. I love the simplicity of your tips and how your space does not look overdone. Your collection of Ginger Jars can make any girl’s legs weak. Absolutely stunning.

    1. I like formulas–I hate having to overthink decorating so if there’s a simple way to do something, I do it. The rug is from Woods Galleries in Albany, Ga. The shop is a custom framing shop and a guy would sell rugs out of the store. You’d tell him what you wanted and he’d find it for you. I have lots of mysterious rug sources, don’t I?? I received an email that the kitchen rug is held up in customs because it’s coming from Iran. HMMMM…

    2. Having ‘a guy’ sounds much more my speed than trying to search through the trellis rug stockpile that is Overstock. Too bad he’s in GA!

    3. It’s a super thick rug, too. I don’t miss much about small town living, but the level of service available at stores was really great. I had a lampshade guy, too. I would bring a HomeGoods lamp in and he’d pair it with the perfect shade. It would make my $40 lamp look like it cost $400. Good luck searching through Overstock–been there, too!

  9. Hahaha! You always make me smile and laugh. I don’t think it was too bad, but I love Coldplay. Though I definitely agree it could have been better. I was more thrown with the ackward body movements that seem like they were suppose to be him dancing. Lol. Any who, we could talk for hours! Love your post and you know I have a particular affinity for blue and white chinoiserie! Love the pairing with the stools. Not a fan of negative space haha. Pinning and sharing!

    1. I’m not hating on Coldplay too much. I’ve seen them in concert 3 times. The first show was my favorite–they were promoting Parachutes and we saw them at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Michael and I joked that we were the only people old enough to drive ourselves to the concert. Claire’s going mental about me borrowing some of her blue and white stuff so I’ll need to go consignment shopping soon. No more thrift stores for me! 😉

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