WHAT ARE CONSOLE TABLES USED FOR?
The console table is one of those handy household pieces of furniture that can be useful in a myriad of ways; some traditionally accepted, others a little more unorthodox - but isn’t switching it up a little half the fun when it comes to interior design?
For starters, we have the classic hallway/telephone table. Helpful for holding keys, or the perfect place to leave the daily post, here the console table also provides a decorative focal point, something hallways can often lack. Simply add a few decorative ornaments to provide the warmest welcome.
For the home office, consoles also work well as storage tables. If your study space is small, they make for a great compact desk; delivering on enough space to keep your laptop, plus obligatory stationery and chic little desk lamp. In addition, they also providing extra space to keep all that pesky paperwork.
In the living room, console tables work well due to their naturally narrow design. If you have enough room for a flatscreen TV, but not floor space available for a boxy TV table, they are your standard go-to. Upstairs in the bedroom the console makes a useful dressing table - all you have to do is hang a mirror above it. As easily as that, you now have extra space for jewellery and make-up. (You can do this by collecting small storage boxes, ideal for protecting all your beauty secrets.)
Finally, we come to something out of the ordinary: the console-table-cum-home-bar. Designs with open shelving are a perfect fit for this purpose; ideal for displaying various bottles and glassware, not to mention easily accessible during all those parties you'll be throwing. Don't forget our invite.
WHAT MATERIALS, COLOURS AND STYLES ARE HABITAT'S CONSOLE TABLES AVAILABLE IN?
You now know what to 'do' with a console table, but let’s put practicalities aside for a moment to concentrate on the visual angle. Colour-wise, we have console tables available in black and white, both representing a contemporary take on the design via a polished finish. Glass continues this modern theme - the go-to choice when all furniture is tightly fit, allowing you to manipulate a sense of space. And then we have metal, a material that works just as well at both ends of the spectrum; the shine of the metal contrasts beautifully with traditional wooden pieces, while it is also able to effortlessly blend in with the latest trends in interior design.
Speaking of a more traditional level, wooden console tables come in the form of oak and walnut. Both serve to enhance the warmth and cosy feel in a home, making them an ideal option to sit in your entryway. Specific styles also give a nod to a retro vibe, with vintage console tables often found to be a conversational piece. Style with a retro phone on top to really get everyone talking.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR CONSOLE TABLE
Speaking of… When it comes to styling, why not read a few of our console table ideas? If you’ve recently invested in a hallway table and are wondering how best to make it welcoming, then the simple addition of a few decorative accessories and photographs will show any visitor that they’re in the right place. The hallway console is a mix of style meets function; a mirror, lamp and family photos are go-to ways to reflect that this house is a home. Just be sure to leave a chic plate for keys and space for letters, and that’s the practical side taken care of.
If you opted for the dressing table option, then don’t forget to find a gorgeous chair to pop underneath, or a table lamp to shed soft light onto your mirror. For the home office, again a stool of sorts is key, but a striking piece of wall art could help to ensure inspiration is always on hand. For a bar, why not add some shelving above - the ideal spot to hold quirky bottles and colourful glasses.
No matter where your console sits, or the role you choose for it to play, each beautiful design fits perfectly into your home. If ever in doubt, we say find a vase and just add flowers - you can never go far wrong with a table that's bloomin' beautiful.