No other furniture piece performs quite the way a console can. Slender & elevated, the console enhances those difficult niches, where other furnishings perhaps fall short. Allowing for an abundance of styling opportunities, don’t go past a console table when looking to improve upon an interior, whether that be a living room, entrance hall, dining room, bedroom… the list goes on. Allow me to explain further:
Whether you have a tiny corner beside your front door, an expansive entryway, or a long and narrow hallway greeting visitors at first sight, none are disadvantaged by the addition of a console table, offering both a stylish welcome to guests as well as a convenient surface for the depositing of the outside-world essentials; keys, mail, and personally – my passport. An avid traveller such as myself requires it constantly close at hand, lest my buying trips be delayed...
Perhaps it’s the profile of my Manhattan Console that makes it such a popular piece, or perhaps it’s the urban materiality; dark oak meets a matte gold frame. No matter the specific draw-cards, the Manhattan Console delivers on the convenience I mentioned, with no shortage of contemporary style, while the slender proportions make it an ideal accompaniment to any entrance hall. And with four drawers – organising my props for daily life comes as a breeze.
For lesser expanses of wall however, a demilune makes a fine substitute, offering storage, height and style all at once. Take for example my Hordern Demilune, combining marble and parquetry timber for that sought after coastal aesthetic. Although, I’ve not yet seen an entrance hall that wouldn’t benefit from the soft lustre and delicate hand-applied silver-leaf finish of my Claxton Demilune... Two exceedingly different aesthetics, one obliging silhouette.
For the bold, with a penchant for an industrial aesthetic, look to my Foveaux Metal Console. A raw silver finish with riveted detailing, allows the Foveaux to make a statement in style from the contemporary home to a rustic retreat. An on-trend, yet enduring aesthetic means this piece will be a feature in your hall for years to come.
Just as functional, and equally as stylish, the console promises any living room an instantaneous update. Whether used purely as a display piece, showcasing your favourite blooms and chic trinkets, or a storage solution for homes lacking special expansiveness (read: apartments and the city terrace), a console acts much the way in the living room as it does in the entrance hall, albeit one small factor: options in placement!
Invite the console table into your living room, setting one against a wall or behind a sofa, create a bar space for at-home celebrations, or - for open plan spaces - place one mid-interior to create a much needed distinction between spaces.
Placement against a wall is the obvious choice for a console, and often the only option, depending on spacial planning. However, for special events consider utilising the console as your greeting table, set up with your favourite refreshments of course. Antiqued mirror detailing, honey onyx stone top and a delicately distinctive design provide my Belleu Mirrored Console with a style hard to ignore, making this piece an attention grabbing piece for any host.
If rich Italian glamour is your vice, my Milan Console Table in Ebony certainly doesn’t disappoint with a sleek profile, brass metal base and unique faux crocodile leather wrapping the body, the Milan offers storage space for bar essentials and plenty of surface area for bottles and glasses that beg to be corralled by a large Chablis Tray.
An interior move often employed by interior designers, the use of a console to make separation between spaces in the home is one invariably used for open plan spaces, providing that finishing touch and expertly curated interior aesthetic. My Wolseley Marble Console works to this requirement with stunning effect; the slender cabriole profile lends itself to floating within a space; no side is front and no side is back…
I’m sure I don’t need to explain the virtues of a buffet in the dining room, especially for the host among us. Dinner parties are seldom held without the buffet’s aid in some way, whether that be a storage space for crockery or simply a surface for the accompanying wine. So, may I put forward the idea as a console serving as a buffet? Slim & stylish, a console is ideal for the smaller dining room, casual dining space or open plan dining setting. It’s no uncertainty that guests are sure to notice the unobtrusive, yet eye-catching console.
An ideal stand in for a desk in areas non-conductive to bulky units, the console doubles as a surface for work and play. Create a chic office nook in the bedroom or a guest room; petite pieces such as the Florence Hall Console, featuring a luxe gold leaf finish and Parisian aesthetic, the Florence definitely isn’t all business. In a guest room or your own abode, pair it with a pretty occasional chair so yourself and visitors alike can use it as a vanity or a desk as needed. For a feminine feel, consider the Eiffel Chair, which features tufted grey velvet upholstery and cabriole ghost legs that echo the console’s curves.
The ultimate for feminine abodes, the vanity holds connotations of delicate ladies, collections of eau de parfum and sophisticated sensibilities… Parisians have mastered the look time and time again, so it seems fitting to opt for cabriole profiles when contemplating a console for a vanity space; my Eloise Cabriole Console, featuring a glam gold leaf finish promises to provide on ladylike luxe.
An oversized bedside table is a trend you won’t see slowing down, and I can’t get enough of the bold proportions in a bedroom of generous proportions. Take for example, my Deneuve Hall Console. The versatile storage piece is finished in a distinctive blend of silver leaf and a soft wash of metallic gold to achieve a stunning ombre effect, the drawers accessorised with delicate ginkgo leaf hardware. I’ve used it alongside my Florette Queen Bed within my Design Service to create a stunningly feminine bedroom suite, rich in texture and form.
So, for a versatile piece to enhance an entryway or any room in the home, consider the console table. Whether it’s serving as a sideboard, sofa table, bar or bedroom vanity, it won’t disappoint.
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