Looks like I’ve succumbed to the Fall decorating bug. Even though I decided to keep things simple this year and use what I already have, I made the mistake of going to HomeGoods the other day. Need I say more? Probably not.
But that’s never stopped me before.
I love console tables. They’re easily one of the most versatile, multi-functional pieces you can own. They’re fabulous in entryways, mudrooms, behind sofas…just about anywhere you might need a narrow piece to showcase some treasures or provide a handy place to throw some keys.
I finally finished painting these shelves. In their previous life, they were placed one on top of the other vertically in sets of two, back to back, and housed our sheets and towels in a narrow closet in our master bath. They were a little too narrow to be as functional as I wanted so I replaced them with wider shelving and decided to repurpose them in a hallway just outside our bedroom and turn them into a console table.
We bought some wooden legs at Home Depot and attached them to the sides, turned them horizontally and arranged them so they weren’t identical for a bit more interest. I started out using some Milk Paint in Lucketts Green but quickly realized that was overkill. These shelves are so poorly made and cheap they weren’t worthy, so I used some paint I had leftover from a previous project and it worked out fine. It turned out to be a pretty good match with the existing rug too.
I was going to call this post ‘a console table two ways’, but then it turned into three ways, then four. I was a little outta control. I tried a few different items and as of this writing still haven’t settled on what I want to end up with. The one thing that I know will stay is the rice paper lamp on the right. It gives off a lovely glow but boy, is it hard to take good pictures of that! Actually, this entire space is one of the most difficult to photograph. To the right is a door that leads to our deck with a glass panel that casts such a glaring light I had to cover it with some fabric to soften it a bit. Oh, the things we bloggers do!
Now on to some styling tips…
1 – Don’t over complicate things
I think styling can sometimes be a little intimidating. There’s a fine line between too simple and too busy. This first example is about as simple as it gets! In looking at it, I think I need one more thing on the bottom left, but I think it shows that not every ‘cubby’ or space needs to be filled. Don’t be afraid to let a space breathe.
2 – Use different textures
Texture is one of the most important elements in a space, and yet it’s one aspect of designing so many people don’t even think about. To give a space life, combine shiny finishes with dull, or try a chippy or rough texture with some bling. Think old shutters with shiny crystal. So pretty, right?
(This ModPodge bowl was lots of fun to do, and was featured on ModPodge Rocks. It’s one of my most viewed posts so click here if you’d like the ‘how-to’.)
3 – Don’t forget scale and proportion
Varying heights create interest, and keeps your eye moving around the space. Have a statement piece like this one, or a lamp to add height and function.
4 – Create a theme
Here’s a big surprise for you (and yes, that was sarcastic). For this table, I went with a nature inspired feel. This is the one thing I got at HomeGoods. It’s long so it takes up a fair amount of space on the table and is super versatile! I can use it on the mantel, the cocktail table, even the antique ironing board by the dining table. Love stuff like that!
5 – Don’t be afraid of neutrals
Now, that’s a tip you don’t hear too often, right? With few exceptions, I decided to use neutrals almost entirely for this table. The rug, painting and the console itself brings more than enough color into the space. Be aware though, if you opt for neutrals, varying textures becomes even more important.
Although I like this piece, I’m leaning more toward the chunkier one in the second picture. What do you think?
I’m also in the market for another console table for the master bedroom, but I’m looking for something a little unique and artsy, but affordable. I should have gone to Brimfield to look for one this week, but…
This will be a first for both of us. The closest either one of us has gotten to camping was sitting around a campfire making smores in our friends’ backyards, so it should be interesting. We spent the better part of today getting ready and gathering together what we need. I’ll have lots to share next week!