True confession from this interior designer, I’m in the ‘love’ console tables club. In fact if my memory serves me, I’ve used them in almost every project since I started practicing over 20 years ago. They’re so versatile all over the house. Let me help you imagine the ways you might put them to use in your own home.
With the explosion of flatscreen televisions I like to use a console table to balance the space on the wall. Especially when it’s a large screen, with drawers and a shelf, it becomes a designer look versus another big flatscreen on a wall. The top of the table should not obstruct viewing the flatscreen. Below is a another view of the console I used in this home. A perfect size for larger flatscreens, it’s 34h x 75w x 18d and has 3 drawers.
Another excellent option is to slide a console behind a sofa and visually divide a room. It emphasizes a conversational grouping too. Then, it’s a perfect place to add ottomans. In an instant you have two extra seats when you need them. In this SketchUp view, I show how I used ottomans under consoles and elsewhere to extend seats at my sorority remodel for Chi Omega at the U of WA. A designer thought ~ the furniture fills in the space below the console table.
Another important place for your console table ~ your entry. Entry ways are hard to decorate. Most likely your entry is narrow and gets lots of foot traffic. What do you put in the space? Yes, a console table. Make a statement for family and guests by adding a console table with a mirror, a wonderful piece of art or a lamp. Think of guests using it as they enter your home.
Hope I’ve inspired you to put a console table, or two, to work in your home. Here at our company we love to design with our clients.
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