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How Console Tables Can Brighten Up Your Home

March 30th, 2011

Whether you’re decorating a new home or trying to brighten up a tired decorating scheme in your current home, a console table will be a beautiful addition to any room.

Console tables are narrow tables designed to sit against a wall or the back of a sofa. For that reason, they’re sometimes referred to as sofa tables. They’re generally 30 to 35 inches high and 15 to 20 inches deep. The width varies widely.

Don’t confuse a console table with a coffee table, which is a lower table designed to sit independently in front of a sofa or furniture grouping. Coffee tables are more about function–a place to put drinks–while console tables are more about style.

You can find console tables in almost any style to match any decor. Consider the furniture and artwork you already own, and look for a console table to complement them.

If you have a contemporary decorating scheme, consider a console table with sleek lines and a glass or mirrored top. You may find console tables that resemble modern art sculptures. Many console tables are wooden furniture. You can find antiqued wood to match French or Tuscan decorating schemes, or you may prefer Mission-style design. Whether your tastes run to simple lines or intricate carvings, you’re sure to find a console table that will enhance the look of your decor.

Another consideration before buying a console table is whether you want it to function as a storage unit. All console tables have a flat surface that’s ideal for displaying artwork, framed photographs or floral arrangements. However, some tables also have shelves or drawers built in. Consider whether you want additional open shelves to display more items. Maybe you’d rather have closed shelves or drawers to store items that aren’t worthy of display. If you have a console table near the front door, you may want drawers to store keys, gloves or other items you only need when entering or leaving the house.

When you add a console table to your home, you can consider it a canvas to display items that showcase your personality and sense of style. Display a grouping of favourite books, or frame and display your children’s artwork. Use a lamp to highlight a prized sculpture, or show off favourite vacation photographs. A display on a console table draws visitors’ eyes, so you can use it as a chance to define your style.

Prices for console tables vary widely. You can find budget tables that look beautiful, especially if you’re willing to assemble it yourself. You can also spend several hundred dollars on a table that would be a conversation piece even without a display on top. Consider how much you’re willing to spend, and consider whether you want the table or the display on it to be the focus.

No matter what style you decide on, a console table will enhance your home beautifully.

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