How to Style a Console Table

A beautifully styled console table can be a perfect solution to a blank wall or empty nook. Today I am sharing inspirations and tips to help you style your table like a designer. Take a look!

Find a Table that Fits your Style and Space

There are so many beautiful options for console tables. Although traditionally a console table had a very specific definition of a table anchored to the wall with two front legs, the term more generally means a table styled against the wall. So pick a simple table or get creative and use an inlayed dresser, a midcentury credenza, or a rustic chest. Just make sure the scale of the piece fits with the space you’re designing.

Farmhouse for Four

Lidia van Zyl via Style at Home


Create an Anchor

You don’t want your table to look lost against your wall. Make it feel intentional by anchoring it to the space with a large center focal piece like a mirror, a large canvas, or a gallery of smaller frames.

Amber Interiors

Brian Paquette Interiors

Add Height

A bunch of small trinkets looks cluttered. Keep things clean and interesting by varying the height of the objects you add to your vignette. One idea is to style in threes with one object tall, one medium, and one short. Or create drama with one tall statement object.

House of Jade Interiors

Hamlet Interiors for Homepolish


Light it Up

Not only do you want to show off your pretty styling, but a lamp on the table is a great opportunity to add another soft layer of light to your space. Go with a traditional linen shade lamp or add a modern vibe with a midcentury task lamp.

Consort Design


Becki Owens Calle Tamara Project

Layer Colors or Textures

Add personality by layering objects you love. You could keep your styling monochromatic and focus on playing with textures, or add pops of color to enrich your white space. Think about styling with books, vases, lamps, sculptures, or organic elements.

Anyon Atelier via Rue Mag

Serena and Lily


Play with Symmetry

Styling your table in perfect symmetry around your focal point looks beautiful, but a balanced asymmetrical arrangement can also look fresh.

Timothy Godbold

Lada Webster


Go Under the Table

If you have a lot of space under your table, you might consider adding a basket, a bench or a stool. Not only will your space look more complete, but it can be a good place to add hidden storage or extra seating.

View from My Heels

Finish with Florals or Greenery

As you know, I don’t consider any space complete without a pop of fresh greenery. For ideas on plants to use, check out my Succulent Plant Guide and my Favorite Styling Flowers.

Erin Featherstone via Jenni Kayne

Robert Stilin

Hope these ideas help you perfect your own console styling. For more styling tips, make sure to read 7 Ways to Style a Coffee Table or 7 Ways to Style with Vintage Rugs. Happy Wednesday!



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