Many visitors enter our homes through our front door and step into our foyers. The foyer is ideally a place of warm greetings that give our people a sense of who we are, what we like, and how we live our lives. Many people outfit their foyers by placing something decorative on the wall and adding a piece of furniture to anchor the artwork there. Console tables are a perfect piece of furniture to fill that space in our foyer.
When console tables first became popular, it was not uncommon to attach them directly to the wall; it was a shelf, but with table legs in the front. These tables were traditionally paired with a mirror and sconces. Now they come in enough different materials and styles to satisfy any design preferences.
What is a console table, exactly? Shape provides a clue here. These tables are typically rectangles, but it can have a semicircle or half-oval top. It’s longer than an accent table or an end table, narrower than a sideboard or kitchen counter, and taller than a kitchen table. You’d never look at a console table and think, “Will we be eating dinner here?”
Console tables in your foyer do not need to be strictly decorative additions to the space. When you step in the front door, the console table is a logical place to drop your keys, the mail, and whatever else is in your hands. If you find one with drawers or a storage base, you can tuck away the children’s gloves or the dog’s leash. When it’s outfitted with a mirror, it’s a perfect place to take a glance at your hair or makeup before you walk out the door.
The impressive thing about this piece of furniture is its versatility. They fit in many an odd corner in the house-at the base of a staircase, at the end of a hallway, behind a sofa. Console tables with shelves can act as bookcases in a hallway, and in a home office, they can hold electronics. Do you need a surface to display family photos, birthday cards, or a bouquet of flowers? Your console table is the logical choice.
Do you have a design preference? Wood finishes are popular, but you can find many console tables with glass, marble and stone tops, or with metal surfaces and bases.
If you have a dining room that’s too small to accommodate a sideboard, china cabinet, or buffet, add a console table. It’s smaller than traditional dining room furniture, but if it’s got a few drawers you can store napkins, serving utensils, candles, and bar accessories. If it’s got a few shelves, you can use it to display some of your favorite serving pieces. Add a small wine rack, a basket or box holding a corkscrew or foil cutter, and crystal stemware, you’ve can create a small wine bar.
Do you need extra space to get ready for a buffet? Maybe you’d like to put the desserts all in one place, lay out the plates, napkins and utensils off the buffet table, designate a place for guests to leave cards and gifts, or set up the bar for the party. Put your console table to work.
If you find a substantial console table, it can act as an entertainment center in your family room. Hang the flat screen TV on the wall, or put it on a pedestal on the tabletop. If it has shelves down below, make room for the DVR and the DVD player, and stock the shelves with baskets and fill them with your CDs and DVDs.
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