Despite the fact that console tables often reside in hallways and living rooms, they are most commonly found in entryways and foyers. They always seem to catch my eye because I feel that they offer a glimpse of what is to come in the rest of the house. So often, you can tell a great deal about the homeowner’s taste and interests by the objects found on his or her console table.
It seems that composing the perfect arrangement (I loathe the word tablescape. It is so Sandra Lee.) is more of an art than a science. Everyone has a different approach. Most of the time, you will find a pair of lamps on the table, though some people prefer a single lamp. What if you have sconces flanking the table? I have sconces and a mirror above mine and think that adding lamps would be overkill, but I am not a designer so I digress. Quite often, designers will add a variety of heights and textures to make for an interesting composition. Some will add framed prints or photographs, while others choose stacks of books, found objects, artifacts, and beautiful flower arrangements which extend a warm welcome to visitors.
I’m not sure that there is a set formula for creating the perfect table for your entryway. In my opinion, it’s about not having everything match (think variety in terms of picture frames, candlesticks, etc) and including interesting objects and a personal touch. If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, it may seem daunting to try to emulate any of the tables below, but one can always substitute creativity for cash. Adding books, framed prints, unique objects found on vacation, items from antique markets and fresh flowers are generally inexpensive and add a lot of character.
A simple table by Anne Coyle
I love the mirror and the wallpaper.