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Simple and versatile, slimline side tables are one of the quiet heroes of home decor. Here’;s how to successfully style one in your home nursery lumbar pillow The slim and stylish console table is one of those trusty items of furni...


Simple and versatile, slimline side tables are one of the quiet heroes of home decor. Here’;s how to successfully style one in your home

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The slim and stylish console table is one of those trusty items of furniture that can make themselves useful all over the house. These low-profile tables are designed to live against a wall but their uses are really only limited by your imagination. Whether creating a first impression for guests in an entranceway, housing car keys, sunglasses and phones in a hallway, or standing discreetly behind a couch, a console should suit the style of your home and work for your family (see page 20 for a few options). Here are our tips for styling a really beautiful and useful console.

There are no strict rules on what should and shouldn’t go on top of a console, but the most important thing to remember is to avoid clutter. Think about mixing items of different heights and textures (mix matte and glossy objects for best effect) to create interest and don’t be afraid to leave empty space. Grouping collections of items together and placing them on a tray or atop a pile of books always looks great, too.

To anchor a console table in its surroundings, consider adding either a decorative mirror or a piece of art. This item should be proportionate to the space and the size of the console table.

If you have wooden floors in your hallway, a rug or runner looks great just in front of the console. Make sure it’s not too small as the result may look unbalanced. Also, never place a rug under the console – keep a narrow space between the two.

A table lamp on top of a console adds another light sourcepersonalized toys, creating an extra layer of ambience. We are also seeing a lot more feature pendant lights over consoles (as shown opposite) which can look great in the right setting.

With indoor plants very much in vogue at the moment, a potted plant or vase arrangement is a great addition to a console. If space allows, a larger plant placed next to the console is another way to add life and freshness.

Many console tables have built-in drawers and shelves for items that tend to create clutter such as mail, pens and shoes. If your console doesn’t have extra capacity, there are ways to make it more functional:

Due to their narrowness and versatility, the console table is now popping up in lots of other locations in the home and being used for a variety of purposes, such as…

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Created by: Vanessa Nouwens.?Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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Heather Robertson knows all about small spaces. Before she joined the Room & Board San Francisco team as a Design Associate, she worked on custom storage solutions for California Closets. So when nearby O&M properties asked her to stage and furnish a small space condo in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, Heather knew just how to maximize the small square footage.

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