4 Pro Home Staging Tips on How to Style a Console Table

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The entryway is a home buyer’s first impression of your home. A console table plays an important part in setting the tone. While every home is different, there are a few design techniques that we frequently incorporate to bring elegance and energy to an entryway.

Styling a console table is about creating a space that is beautiful, practical, and not distracting to a potential home buyer. It should invite them to step inside, put down their keys, and relax. It should say, “Take a look around at this beautiful home for sale!”

Let’s take a look at a few of our go-to console table styling tips. We’re also sharing some bonus links where you can shop the look at an affordable price!

Tip 1: Give the Bottom a Little Weight

When it comes to open console tables, we like to add a piece with a bit of weight or texture in order to ground the space a bit. Large baskets or decorative bins are a good choice. They offer some visual interest and texture along with additional space for shoes.


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Small matching ottomans are another great way to add weight to your design.


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For variety, try adding a bigger, curvier piece like a vase or a stack of hefty coffee table books. As a general rule, whatever you add to the bottom should have enough height that it mostly fills the space. Try leaving only a little room between the top of the item and the console table.



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Tip 2: Add Some Height 

Place a beautiful piece of oversized artwork (or artwork grouping) or an elegant mirror above your entryway console. This helps bring the look together and create a focal point that balances the overall design.


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Tip 3: Include Important Accessories

Always start by adding larger pieces first. This may be a lamp, another layer of artwork, or a large vase. Then, take a few paces back and evaluate your work. How does it feel? Is it cohesive? If it feels awkward, try adding pieces that are similar in size to each end of the table. For instance, visually balance a large vase on one end of the table with a lamp of similar dimensions on the opposite end of the table.


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Tip 4: Add the Details 

After you’ve gotten the larger pieces situated, fill in the details. There are endless ways to do this. We’re fans of adding a bit of greenery (to breathe some life into the place) and a small three-dimensional piece. Pro tip: don’t use anything smaller than a grapefruit – otherwise it won’t show up in your listing photos. A candle or a small tray is also a lovely addition.


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About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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