Styling a Console for Spring and Summer

Styling a Console for Spring and Summer


A console table is one versatile piece of furniture.  Because of its narrow profile, it’s the perfect choice for hall or foyer, where pass space is often at a premium. In a dining room or home office, a cabinet style console can provide both display and extra storage space. 

But anywhere in your home, a console has potential for good looks and styling possibilities. As spring ramps down and summer ramps up, let’s consider how to style a console table for both seasons!

The dark days of winter are receding in our memories as we welcome more hours of sunlight. Go for some glass accessories that maximize the light in your home. On your console top, start with a glass-base lamp and add glass canisters or vases of different sizes to reflect light around the room.  Add a tiered tray with spring florals and accessories for height and interest.

Speaking of light-reflecting materials: first hang large artwork behind your console table. Then flank it with matching mirror and shell base lamps and spring florals in mercury glass vases. A tiered tray sparkles with metal trim and holds spring motif accessories for seasonal interest.

A lovely mirror behind a console will also help to make your space light and bright, and, like artwork, can act as an anchor for your grouping. For spring or summer, place a stunning vase of bright spring blooms in front of the mirror to double the flowers’ impact.  Balance it out with items on either side that share a common element, such as these carved white photo frames. The bunny and the mercury glass lamp don’t match, obviously, but they have a similar visual weight, which balances the composition.

Another way to work florals into your spring or summer tabletop is to hang a  floral wreath directly on your mirror. 

We love this beachy combo of blues and greens with distressed whites. For your inspiration, consider these  accessories when creating a console grouping: lanterns, candlesticks (see our collection of flameless flickering candles) and vases.

Who made a law that spring has to be pastel? Dark greens are in! The curvy good looks of this carved pedestal console are offset by sleek dark green matte vases.  The tall glass tiled vase filled with spring blooms steals the show. 

Remember that layering is an important part of visual interest. By overlapping some elements of your grouping, you create depth and a more eye-arresting vignette. Repetition is also pleasing: pick up the shape or color of one accessory in another, as in the color and shape of these vases and floral art.

In a hall or foyer, console tables really shine, because they offer an opportunity to create a lovely seasonal welcome for your guests that is also a preview of your home’s style.


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