Work­shop Styling a con­sole ta­ble

Slim­line con­sole ta­bles are one of the quiet he­roes of home decor as they can be adapted to suit just about any space

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

The slim and stylish con­sole ta­ble is one of those trusty items of fur­ni­ture that can make them­selves use­ful all over the house. These low-pro­file ta­bles are de­signed to live against a wall but their uses are re­ally only lim­ited by your imag­i­na­tion. Whether cre­at­ing a first im­pres­sion for guests in an en­trance­way, hous­ing car keys, sun­glasses and phones in a hall­way, or stand­ing dis­creetly be­hind a couch, a con­sole should suit the style of your home and work for your fam­ily (see page 20 for a few op­tions). Here are our tips for styling a re­ally beau­ti­ful and use­ful con­sole.


There are no strict rules on what should and shouldn’t go on top of a con­sole, but the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is to avoid clut­ter. Think about mix­ing items of dif­fer­ent heights and tex­tures (mix matte and glossy ob­jects for best ef­fect) to cre­ate in­ter­est and don’t be afraid to leave empty space. Group­ing col­lec­tions of items to­gether and plac­ing them on a tray or atop a pile of books al­ways looks great, too.


To an­chor a con­sole ta­ble in its sur­round­ings, con­sider adding either a dec­o­ra­tive mir­ror or a piece of art. This item should be pro­por­tion­ate to the space and the size of the con­sole ta­ble.

> Mir­ror Con­sole ta­bles and mir­rors are a com­mon pair­ing as to­gether they cre­ate a handy area for fi­nal touch-ups be­fore you head out the door. De­pend­ing on the style you choose, a mir­ror can be hung or leaned against the wall, and ideally it should co­or­di­nate with your con­sole through its colour or style.

> Art­work Art can unify and liven up an en­trance­way and can also be used as a start­ing point for the scheme in this area, so select wisely and think about the over­all ef­fect you want to cre­ate. The cho­sen art­work should tie in with the colour or de­sign of your con­sole.


If you have wooden floors in your hall­way, a rug or run­ner looks great just in front of the con­sole. Make sure it’s not too small as the re­sult may look un­bal­anced. Also, never place a rug un­der the con­sole – keep a nar­row space be­tween the two.


A ta­ble lamp on top of a con­sole adds an­other light source, cre­at­ing an ex­tra layer of ambience. We are also see­ing a lot more fea­ture pen­dant lights over con­soles (as shown op­po­site) which can look great in the right set­ting.

Mayson con­sole ta­ble, $599, Metro ceil­ing pen­dant, $349, Scoop din­ing chair, $149, all from Free­dom. Kate Moss print, $69, from Pop Mo­tif. Nodi black rug, $2065, from Bauhaus. Black croc clutch, $99, Oslo large planter, $49.99, faux plant, $24.99, all from Shut The Front Door. Black hook, $3, black chrome tray, $8, glass vase, $10, all from Kmart. Black can­dle, $59, from Repub­lic Home. Glass vo­tive, $3, from The Ware­house. Nella desk clock, $64.90, white can­dle, $34.90, both from Coun­try Road. Other items stylist’s own. Wall painted in Re­sene ‘Sur­ren­der’.


1 Faux string of pearls plant, $19.95, from Shut The Front Door. 2 Black & White tea can­dle, $49.90, from Crave Home. 3 Cube clock, $75, from Let Liv. 4 Saben Gita bub­ble bag, $589, from

Crave Home. 5 Nella tray, $29.95, from Coun­try Road.

6 Quad can­dle holder,

$25, from

7 Con­crete bowl, $53, from The Foxes Den. 8 Fold hooks, $35 for three, from Pippy. 9 Nilly leather bas­ket, $149, from Coun­try Road.

10 Via Mar­tine print, A$65, from Norsu.







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