Welcome to “Step By Step Console Styling.” These tips can apply to a console, sideboard, or in my case an antique French chest in our foyer and an antique bookcase/buffet in our dining room.
Step By Step Console Styling
If you are new here, we live in a 100-year-old high rise apartment in San Francisco. Space is at a premium so this French chest (Louis Philippe commode) holds all of our table cloths, napkins, and placemats.
Styling An Antique Chest in the Foyer
- Start with an empty surface.
- Place art or a mirror above the console. This art shows our vacation photos that I sent digitally to Frame.com. So easy! I picked out a white frame and thicker white mat for the juxtaposition of a more modern feel with the antique chest.
- I like symmetry, do you? I placed the lamp on the right (which is needed for extra lighting) and a vase of branches on the left (this can be reversed, too).
- A tray can help quickly organize things.
- Then add things of interest like books, boxes, etc.
- Finally, add something fresh like a plant.
Finished product…I have an extra dining chair placed here where it can be pulled over to the dining table when we have a party (won’t that be nice eventually?).
Styling A Buffet In The Dining Room
Again, it’s all about storage for us and we use this antique French bookcase to hold dishes in the dining room.
I started with a clear surface, added the round mirror, then the lamp and branches, followed by the art, then the flowers and candle.
I am not crazy about how the back of the art is reflected in the mirror.
You can also consider using a console for your bar setup which is usually what we do here.
A Console as a Bar Cart/Beverage Area
Just add a tray and pretty bottles and or decanters.
And those are my Step By Step Console Styling tips.
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