How To Style A Console Table
(Step by step guide to how I decorate my console table)
I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and came across this giant vase. I’ve never seen this vase before and it was quite large so it defiantly caught my eye.
I waited a week for it to go on sale and I went back and grabbed it. It’s such a good piece and I knew exactly where I wanted to use it in my home.
95% of the time I just buy things to buy them with no plan. Not this time. This time I had a plan. I love when there is a plan. It makes things so much easier.
This vase is technically a table vase (according to Hobby Lobby) but I knew it was going to be a floor vase in my house
And I knew exactly where I wanted to put it.
I always wanted a giant vase on the floor next to my entry console.
I have absolutely no idea.
Once I got everything styled, I decided to take everything off and do a step by step guide on how I like to decorate console tables.
It’s nothing earth shattering and it’s not hard.
There are also really no rules in my interior design world. I do not like following rules…just ask my parents.
Some people like and need symmetry in their design, some people can care less about symmetry (me)
Some people like to have just a few things on their consoles, some people like to have all the things on their console tables (also me).
It’s your home and it’s also your console table so decorate it however you love.
But I’ll show you how I like to decorate my console tables. For me, it is all about the layers. I layer in different textures and heights.
Console Table Styling~decorating console table in entryway
I have had our console table for years, actually for almost 20 years to be exact. Our console table was one of the first pieces of furniture we purchased when we first got married.
We got it at World Market and that is when my love for World Market began. As you can imagine this table is no longer available so I linked a few others below.
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Layer 1: Tall Vase or Lamp
I like to either have a tall vase or lamp on one side of the console table.
This Studio McGee Threshold vase is amazing. It goes in and out stock alot but grab while you can if it is in stock.
This faux greenery has a cult following and I know why. The greenery is pretty realistic looking, affordable and very bendy.
Layer 2: Books or boxes
I then like to layer in some books or boxes right next to the tall vase or lamp.
You can find books anywhere and you can use any kind of books you want. I sometimes even use a stack of magazines if I need too.
If the top book isn’t too fancy looking, I’ll layer a cute tray on top of the books or magazine stack as well.
Bone boxes are a great option too to layer instead of books.
Layer 3: Artwork
Layer 4: Bowl or something to collect keys
If I’m decorating an entryway console table, I like to have a decorative bowl for a place to throw my keys or wallet.
Ask me if anyone actually uses the bowl for their keys or their wallets….because no one ever does. But it’s cute and I pretend like it has a purpose.
Technically we can stop here and before step 5. The table is decorated and done…
But is it, really?!?!
Layer 5: Ottoman
Remember I like layers.
So I started layering under the console table with a small ottoman.
The ottoman fits perfectly if I must say so myself.
Layer 6: Floor Vase
I then added my Hobby Lobby floor vase. Remember I did all of this for this floor vase.
Layer 7: Throw Blanket
I had to throw one more layer in the mix and that was a throw blanket.
Obviously this throw blanket is for looks only. Not too people plan on cuddling up on the ottoman in my hallway but you never know, do you?!?
How To Style A Console Table Behind A Couch
I also have a console table behind my chairs in my front living room. We used to have a couch there.
I am currently giving this room a mini makeover but I decided to keep the console table there even though the couch is gone.
Sometimes the space behind your couch can feel empty and it’s nice to have a place to add some decor.
You can see I (sort of) used the same formula. A tall vase with greenery and then a stack of books on one side.
The other side I have a lamp and a decorative bowl.
I opted to not put any art on this console table since I have wall art right above the table as a gallery wall.
I’m hoping to have a blog post about this room makeover shortly so stay tuned. I’m sure most of you are sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for that blog post.
(Naturally everything in this picture is out of stock too or I’d link what I can)
Console Table Styling In Dining Room
I had to go way back into my photo albums on my blog to find this picture of my old dining room.
Sometimes the old pictures are traumatizing but I still share them….as hard as that can be for me.
I once had a console table in our dining room and I used the bottom shelf for dishes but still tried to use my same formula for the top shelf.
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