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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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
Monica Wants It – End Table Styling
Shabby Grace Blog – Buffet Table Styling
Vintage Romance Style – Round Coffee Table Styling
Iris Nacole – Entryway Console Table Styling
This Is Our Bliss – Mantel Top Styling