How to Style Console Table Vignettes

Console tables – slim tables set against a wall – make the perfect place to create a little scene that uses many surfaces: the wall, table, floor and area around the table. Console tables give you a manageable area to do something really interesting. Let’s take a look!

This is a simple scene but the accessories (and floor!) make it very interesting, from BHG:

Console Table Scene via BHG

This scene featured at Remodelaholic has the same colors and textures, but a very different look:

Console Table Vignette

If you get overwhelmed with trying to create a good balance of proportion, shapes, materials and textures in a large space or throughout an entire room, a console table is a more manageable area to do this and be happy with your results.

This console table in a foyer via House & Home has more stuff, and it’s interesting to look at in a different way than the example above:


A creative console vignette photographed by Hector Sanchez:

Console Table Vignette Hector Sanchez

It brings a lot of creativity and FUN to what would otherwise be dead space between windows. This is also a great little space to highlight a wild wallpaper or painted stencil that you might not want all over an entire room.

Foyers and entries are common places for console table vignettes. This view is from the side, but you get the idea. At House & Home:


Let’s look at something a little more unusual, and wow do I love this. You can find where to get all the elements of this scene at Elle Decor:


While the scene above is organic, this next console table entry scene is controlled but still very creative in a different way. By Wiseman and Gale Interiors:


Although this next scene couldn’t be more different from the one above, I feel like the creators practiced just as much restraint with their choices of what to put on and around the table. Via Marie Claire Maison:


Check out the fun and brave mix of things here, featured at Lonny:


Go for mixing up a new blend of accessories and shapes!

Console tables are also higher than many big dogs’ wagging tails, so they’re a place where you can put things that would get knocked over in lower places.

I hope this gives you ideas to try something a little different with smaller tables and console tables in your home.

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Outta My Mind: India pied-à-terre Room Designs, Part 2

Look back here to see why I’m making moodboards of how we’ll decorate the apartment’s rooms. Today, the entryway …

First, imagine you’re walking or riding the streets of a major South India city surrounded by heat, humidity, humanity and honking. Constant honking.

Then tall black iron gates swing open and shut behind you, protecting you from what’s beyond (make sure no goats get in). You now stand surrounded by gray concrete compound walls, in a shadowy concrete carport under a multi-story building. Watch where you step, you might trip on a piece of rubble.

Head toward the left, to the stairs. You can see the curly railings. Go up one, two, three flights, to the top floor. By now you might be panting and sweating, especially if you’re carrying something. Careful if someone just washed the tiles outside their apartment door, the water might make the steps slippery.

But now, before you, stop a moment and behold …


The door opening is only about 5 feet high. Most people must stoop to step through.

Once through the tiny fairy tale door, a cool quiet apartment with soaring ceilings lies before you. The entryway is calm.

To your right:


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