The Right & Wrong Way to Style a Dining Room Console Space

It’s finally here! The dining room console table you have dreamed about for years! You bought your dining room table and chairs forever ago, but couldn’t afford to buy the table, chairs AND console table at the same time. So you waited and waited, looking and wanting…and then it happened! Your console table goes on sale!! Woo hoo!

You manage to convince your husband that this piece is an essential item to your dining room and it’s barely functional without it…and somehow he reluctantly agrees to the purchase.

The day has come…your side table is being delivered! It’s beautiful! Everything you dreamed it would be, it looks fantastic, has plenty of storage and fits perfectly in your room.

IMG_8322BUT…now what? How do you style your new space? What are you going to place on top of your new table, or around the space? You run around the house looking for items to use on top. You try them out, they all look awful. You’re convinced you need to go out and buy a bunch of stuff to style your new space.

IMG_8327Start with choosing a focal point for the space. I chose a large square mirror with similar tones to place above the table. Other options are pictures and art work.

fullsizeoutput_719bNext, design the space to add height to draw the eye upwards. This room has electrical outlets for sconces, so I am taking that route. But choosing the right sconces is going to be challenging.

IMG_5583When styling our homes, it’s human nature to try to match everything. I’m guilty of this design faux pas as well. I chose sconces similar to the chandelier. While they are beautiful, they are too small for the space and a bit too matchy matchy.

Another option, instead of adding sconces, is to add 2 tall lamps to the console table.

IMG_7519If we didn’t have the sconces, the addition of the lamps would be perfect to add height to the space. But since we have sconces already on the wall, adding two lamps to the space is over powering and doesn’t look right.  Sadly, we can’t have both.

IMG_2929By removing the lamps from the table, and replacing the sconces with more appropriately sized but similar textured lights, we give the space better symmetry and style.

Let’s set our console table for entertaining. The number one, must have styling element for any table – fresh flowers!

IMG_2935Check out my post on painting everyday household items to give them a modern look (HERE). This vase was recently painted white.

IMG_2922 Adding candles is also a must have for your table. These painted candlesticks used to be black – check out post (HERE). The candlesticks add height and dimension to the table. Add in other textures like linen, glass and metal.

IMG_2934Adding plate stands makes any dessert station more appealing. Adding several stands of differing heights and materials creates an attractive and inviting station.

IMG_2933Layering is also important in creating a beautiful table. For more tips on layering, check out post (HERE).

IMG_2919Lastly, try to add in color to your entertaining space with flowers, fruit, and even your bottles. Notice the blue labels on these Prosecco bottles, and the dessert plates have color on the rims.

Food and drinks always taste better when shared with family and friends in an inviting space.

For more tips on styling, check out post (HERE) for styling a coffee table.

You can get the console look for less HERE, HERE and HERE.

Like the coffered ceiling in this room, check out how to do it yourself (HERE) and check out the before pictures of the dining room before it’s remodel (HERE).

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9 thoughts on “The Right & Wrong Way to Style a Dining Room Console Space

    1. Oh Juli…don’t get me started. I had to replace my dining room console, because of some damage…my own one is on it’s way. Thanks for stopping in 🙂

    1. Hi Takera, I purchased mine at Restoration Hardware but it was quite expensive. I linked a few other much less expensive options in the post.

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