CONSOLE STYLING 101

I often get asked "how do I style my console?" or "what do I need to style a console?" Whether at an entry, in a dining room, living room, or along a bedroom hallway, dressing up a console can seem daunting. It can also set the tone for the entire space it lives in, so no pressure or anything!

I've seen far too many over-cluttered consoles that hold picture frames, candles, vases, sculptural knick knacks, stacks of mail, lamps, and wilting flowers in vases....all in one location, at the same time! Please note that is FAR TOO MANY things to have on one console. I don't care how deep or wide that space seems to you, you do not need to fill it!

In actuality, minimal is best. And by minimal, I do not mean stark and sterile. I mean well-thought out, purposeful, and warm. For example, if you need a catch-all for keys at the front door, you'll definitely want to include a little bowl or tray. If you have dog leashes and/or headphones that you grab as you run out the door, then you'll want a box or lidded container to store them. Perhaps you just want your console area to smell pretty, in which case you'll want vases for flowers and yummy candles as the focus. 

My go-to equation for achieving a well-curated vignette is balance, simplicity, beauty, and function. If you're able to satisfy those four things, in my opinion, you've got yourself the perfect arrangement!

Today I'm sharing how I create three perfect console "moments" using a simple, classic white console, a large round mirror, and a precise blend of accessories. 

CONSOLE LOOK #1

CONSOLE LOOK #2

CONSOLE LOOK #3

How do you use your console? Are you looking to give it a little update? If so, I've rounded up plenty of beautiful AND functional pieces below -- from vases and bowls to candles and clocks -- that are sure to freshen up any console!

WICKER & WOODEN BOWLS

VASES

BASKETS

TRAYS & BOXES

VOTIVES & CANDLES

CLOCKS & GLOBES

PLANTERS & BOTANICALS