A common question I get asked is: "How do you decorate your console tables at home?" So I created a step-by-step tutorial on how I normally design my console table. The buffet I'm designing on today is up against a wall. **Note** The rules change a little when you decorate a console table that sits directly behind a couch, so I will do another tutorial for that in the future.
One of the best ways to create a robust display is to incorporate a lot of textures. In this display, I wanted to incorporate 1 -2 floral components (1 large and 1 small), so I collected some large branches out of my yard, and arranged them in a couple of galvanized buckets (making sure they had plenty of water).
I design my consoles in "layers," so I will do my best to describe the layers in a way that makes sense.
First Layer: I leaned an old wooden mirror a little left of center, against the wall. (You can substitute this with a large painting, portrait, empty frame or large wall art.) I placed my large floral arrangement next to the mirror, making sure it was a little right of center. If you notice, my arrangement and mirror are similar in height which is important, as they will act as the main foundation for your display.
Second Layer: For this layer you' ll want to place something on the left, lower side of the mirror. I grabbed a lantern with a candle, and placed both on top of a stack of books for added height. I set my little arrangement to the right of the lantern. Whatever you decide to place in this spot, make sure it is lower than your large arrangement.
Third Layer: For this layer, you will need something shorter in height then your second layer. This may be a variety of items, for example, another stack of decorative books, a figurine, or a decorative box. You can use almost anything. Place this to the right, lower side of the large arrangement. I chose to use a galvanized basket of books.
Fourth Layer: This is your last layer and from looking at the picture above, you could probably guess where it should go: the Middle. For this spot, you'll want to use something shorter. It could be a couple things stacked, or one solid piece. I chose to use a couple large books, a wooden container and an antler.
Ta-Da! Your buffet it decorated! This is one of many ways to decorate a surface like this. If this is "too much decor" for your liking, follow the same guidelines but use substitutions. For example, for the large arrangement, you can use two, tall candle holders. By using something with cleaner lines and a modern look, it will have a completely different feel. Here are some pictures on how my space turned out.
Thanks for reading my post! I would love to hear how your console/buffet turned out so, don't forget to email me a picture!
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