How to Style a Console Table with a Refined Farmhouse Touch

Learn how to style an entryway storage console and open base console below and get design tips to style your console or buffet! Note the balance and symmetry of using two tall lamps that flank a mirror or unique piece of artwork.  The secondary visual balance comes from the table top accessories that vary in height and texture.  Always try to mix shades of color (with small pops of your accent color), mixes of texture like wood, metal and stone. This will give you a vignette that is both visually interesting and elegant.  

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My goal is to help you style your house if you are a new home owner, staging your house to sell, purchased a fixer upper that you want to add a personal touch to or just want to get your house finally styled and looking complete! 

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how to style your mantle
  • Create a triangle shape from the top of the art to the outer sides of the mantle.

  • Layer a personal family photo, a favorite painting or collected art in front of the mirror. Leaning it on the mantle.

  • Use varying height candle holders out the outer edge for balance.

  • Add a vibrant pop of pattern by using a neutral bold ceramic tile.

  • Find a uniquely shaped round or oval mirror to center above the mantle,

  • Add height to one side by using real or faux floral stems. Change them out seasonally for a pop of color. Or use a neutral year round.

  • In the center to the right use a long low piece to vary heights in the arrangement. A great place for a pop of greenery.

  • Use a woven basket to store extra pillows and throw blankets



How to style your console table
  • Choose a unique mirror or vertical hanging artwork. Center it over the buffet approx. 6" from the surface.

  • Add a mix of accessories that vary textures with mixed metals, stone, pottery, woods etc.

  • Add a patterned rug to add texture and soften the arrangement.

  • Use unique ottomans of baskets below the open table for added seating and storage.

  • Add fresh or floral flowers for life in the vignette.

  • Use high buffet lamps to frame the artwork or mirror and illuminate the space.



How to style a storage console table
  • Adding a mirror to your entryway will reflect light around the area- Perfect for a smaller space. Add height and elegant lines when you choose an arch mirror.

  • Add real or faux floral for life and softness.

  • Find a fun piece that adds additional storage, unique lines, a pop of color or interesting hardware.

  • Use visually appealing table lamps to flank a tall piece of art or a mirror. Mix metals and woods for depth.

  • Stacking sculptures or other decorative objects on top of books will add height variation to the arrangement so the eye moves around the entire look and it doesn’t look flat.

  • A textured or patterned rug that contrasts the console piece will soften the look and add flair to the space and contrast the console piece.


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How to style a console table