Console table with decor illustration

How-to: Style a console table

Tips to console your design anxiety 

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. If your front entrance (or another room) has a console table, it might be time for a refresh. 

PRO TIP: Shop at home. You may already have accessories and baskets that can be combined and styled on the console.

Rule of three

This guideline states that objects should always be arranged in odd numbers (ones, threes, fives, etc.) for a more appealing, memorable and effective result. Keep this rule in mind when styling your console or other staple furniture pieces in your home. 

Table Lamp

Table lamps provide both height and lighting to the area. Typically your table lamp should be no more than 1 1/2 times the height of the table it will sit on, and the lamp shade should never be larger than the table.


Baskets add texture and extra storage space for blankets and other objects for easy access.


Add a mirror to brighten up the space (especially a small area). If you have a large console table, it’s best to go for a large round mirror that’s at least two feet in diameter. For a small console table, choose a mirror that is 18-inches or less in diameter.


Find a plant that has tall stems in order to add some height such as Eucalyptus, Bay Leaf or Fiddle Leaf Figs.


Stack multiple books for added dimension with an object on top in order to create visual interest.

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