This picture is my own console table. What I absolutely love about it is that it is simple, yet eye catching. Using a mirror is always a good idea, especially in an entryway. It makes the space seem larger, plus your guests will like looking at themselves to make sure they look okay :)
Our entryway is rather dark, so a white lamp with a crystal base was perfect for this space. It really opens it up. The flowers are simple, and the color of them just pops. To create height on the opposite side, I layered some small books and placed the tallest of the three vases on top. The pig is my favorite, though! He is so different and unique, and reminds my husband and I of where we were born and raised (woo pig sooie!). There is even a bow on him to add more contrast and color.
This is just my own console table, however, there are plenty of different ways to decorate a console table, and tips to follow.
Decorating Your Console Table
1. Keep it flowing with the rest of your home. Current styles and trends are fun and exciting, but if your two rooms (entryway to living room, living room to kitchen, kitchen to dining room, etc.) do not flow well, then they look choppy and disengaged form each other. For example, take this picture of this entryway leading into the living room. They flow together quite nicely.
2. Use small pops of color. This to me always makes a table so fun. Also, color can be used in so many ways, whether it be with flowers, lamps, artwork, accessories...there are so many possibilities! (P.S. notice the use of mirrors in every photo?)
3. Rules of height. Keep your tallest piece on one end of the table, never in the center. On the opposite side, it should be tall as well (taller than centerpiece, shorter than tallest piece). I like to add varying heights by using multiple candlesticks, vases, etc. on the opposite end. However, the use of two lamps always look good on either side, and of course double the amount of light you get.
This general rule of thumb is for mantles, but applies to console tables as well. The artwork or mirror on the wall behind it should be almost equal to the width of the table, never bigger; preferably to where it sits right between your two end pieces.
Now you can decorate your console table like a pro! Don't forget the most important rule though...keep it personal! Use items you love and express who you and your family are and what you love. That's what will look the best :)