Thank you Target dollar section for those lovely ceramic lanterns turned vase.
Alright, focus on the topic Colette...console tables!
Today I want to share with you some tips on how to style a table top, specifically those versatile console tables popular in entry ways, living rooms, well...anywhere in the house really!
Console tables are so versatile! They offer a place to display frames and other collectibles in an entry way or can be placed nicely behind a sofa. They also make a great substitute for the traditional night stand. They come in about every style imaginable, from acrylic to stained wood, to bright glossy pops of color. I've compiled a list of go-to items I incorporate that offer a no-fail way to bring in some style and personality to these staple pieces.
Lamps: By far one of my all time favorite accessories and a must have on a console table. In fact, I've been banned many a times from bringing new lamps into the house...that is until we moved and I had new rooms that clearly needed lighting. (Cue evil laugh). I prefer the symmetrical matchy-matchy look when there is space for two lamps on a table top, but this is totally up to your style and taste. Let your personality really shine through with this element!
Books: Oh, how I love thee. Hardcover, new and old, there's no denying books are a great decorative element. A stack of books under a vase of flowers or candle adds height and dimension. Bonus, they can be so inexpensive! Shop your local book thrift store for some great finds. Ripped or worn cover? Take the jacket off to reveal a beauty in disguise! Look for books that also fuel your interest like design, travel, language, or anything else to speaks to you.
Personal Mementos/Frames: Call me sappy and sentimental, but I feel like your home should tell the story of what and who you love. I adore having framed pictures of sweet moments between my kids (very rare), family trips, and furry friends throughout the house. Placing these along the table allows you and others to reflect on these moments with each glance. By placing snapshots in a sweet little frame it's instant art! Have a collection of sea glass you've found along the beach? Display them in a glass vase and place next to your framed pic. Incorporating both mementos and frames your filling your home with character and charm.
I created a mood board to show how all these elements can work together! I used this mood board as inspiration before styling my own console table.
Symmetric lamps, flowers and foliage, stacks of books, and a sweet little frame really make this table feel chic and styled. Start with those basic elements and build from there adding items that make your heart happy. How about those great poufs? So sweet.
Our console table is behind the couch sitting oh, so pretty. It's something we built custom to our space and needs and we heart it!
What are your favorite go-to console table elements?