The console table is a saving grace for small spaces, awkward spaces and everything in between. It works in just about every room of a home (whether as a hallway side table, at the back of a couch in the living room or in a bedroom) making it a shapeshifting talent that everyone should pay attention to.
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Thankfully its plethora of designs exceeds even that of its uses. From mixed materials to sculptural, find a unique and bespoke console table style which suits you with these designer inspirations.
A console table behind your sofa
Showcasing a designer-favoured move, Sara Cosgrove banks on the versatility of a wood console table, backing it against a sofa in a breezy living room arrangement. The caramel finish console acts as a bridge between the formality of the open-plan room's dining area and relaxed seating arrangement. Paired with easy woven baskets and a trio of bloom-filled vases, the wooden console adds a charming warmth to the neutral living room.
In an elegant Georgian townhouse, Oliver Burns creates the quintessential hallway console table ensemble in three easy step: Selva’s best-selling Vendôme console table, curated accessorising and a simply elegant mirror.
“A console table is a great way of creating a focal point within a room, and works as both a stylish and practical addition to a space,” says Oliver Burns’ managing director Alex Holden, “A thoughtfully curated selection of accessories such as a statement mirror, a unique sculpture or an eye-catching floral display help to draw further attention to this design feature, injecting personality and visual interest.”
The Art Deco-inspired cross-base design of the console table is a welcome addition to the project’s decidedly transitional style with its handsome proportions, rich nearly-black finish and simple silver accent at the base intersection. A bouquet of springtime blooms adds a delicate touch.
A Texture Contrast with a Glass Console Table
Taking the feature wall to new levels, a subbed and frosted glass mirrored separation wall – custom designed for a David Hicks project – is a fittingly glamorous backdrop for a vintage French console in the style of renowned Brutalist designer Paul Evans. The design’s high-shine chrome finish subtly contrasts the frosted texture of its wall and vintage Vistosi sconces for an ethereal effect.
“This is a recent project we have finished – a luxury apartment in Port Melbourne. It looks over the bay and has amazing views of the city as well. We kept the palette minimal and very tranquil to let the views speak for themselves and concentrated on texture.”
Making the most of an eye-catching staircase, Oliver Burns chose a high-gloss Cedar Park console table by Justin Van Breda and an angular Eichholtz ‘Cheyenne’ mirror, giving life to an unused space beneath the stairs. The sharp lines of the console and mirror contrast the sweeping lines of the staircase whilst the coordinating colour palette complements each other.
A Graphic Marble Console Table
Proving that marble and metal is never a bad combination, a hallway vignette features a console table which utilises both in an ever-cool graphic formation. Lines are intersected as a simple marble tabletop perches on straight, wide legs; a simple circular mirror offers a reflective portal and the barely-there pendant sconces are just the right amount of industrial and refined. Enhanced by a vibrant flourish of fresh hydrangeas, the table is topped with colourful opalescent vases for a playful finish.
In a lakeside retreat, London designers Stephenson Wright get back to nature with a Villiers Brothers console table inspired by delicate leafless branches. A glass mirrored console table is suspended from a network of intertwining bronze stems which branch upwards in a natural configuration. The sculptural design is mirrored in the supporting wall, resulting in a doubly effective vignette.
“We wanted a seamless mirrored look to appear as if it was one piece wrapping around the console and reflecting the detail of the bronze branches below,” explains Juliette Wright, “This took a great deal of planning and templating to ensure everything fitted and to ensure the console could be wall-mounted successfully with only millimetres of tolerance!”
A Simple Black Console Table Makes for a Minimalist Moment
Minimalism begets minimalism it appears. In a Natalia Miyar designed hallway, a bespoke console table contrasts simple bleached walnut with white cararra marble – a fitting starting point for the rest of the arrangement which showcases the power of stripping back.
Kelly Wearstler ‘Forma’ wall sconces in bronze cut an angular figure either side of a clean-lined mirror and a simple potted plant softens the look with a touch of the organic. Bonus points: the reflection of the dining room’s vibrant artwork and one-of-a-kind textured bronze pendant.
“Warm colour schemes were important in this and the mix of soft textures complete a young family’s informal London home,” Natalia describes, “The dark walnut table along with the flash of grey/white marble is balance by the symmetrical lighting and the reflection of the bright art in the mirror. The table also needed to have a slight subtlety alongside the art.”
A Statement Entry Table That Emanates Brutalist Luxe
London-based designer Natalia Miyar lives up to her reputation for incorporating unique conversation starters with a Brutalist-inspired design by Tyson London. “The bronze table with limestone top was a carefully considered addition to the scheme,” she says, “[It] can do the talking as the pyramid cones that support the top give it an artful look and the mirror adds further glamour within the space.”
The console’s jagged metal base – like stylised stalagmites – recalls the work of Paul Evans’ ‘Crown of Thorns’ collection and is topped with a clean limestone surface. The designer pairs the stand-out piece against a subtly geometric wall with a gilded Marc de Berny Kitoko mirror (designed by Francis Sultana) for a visually and texturally tactile vignette.
A modern console design by Shine by SHO is the foundation for a casual living room set up by Natalia Miyar. Crafted of bleached walnut and carrara marble, the design’s contrast of a unique curve and an upright support gives it a sculptural aesthetic. A large-scale convex mirror joins Arteriors’ faceted and spotted Baroque box (designed by Laura Kirar), a spindly sculpture and a vase full of red foliage.
Natalia describes the scene: “Understated yet elegant with the neutral tones of greys and silvers creating a calm space. I wanted to continue with a play on geometry which I featured within the sitting room of the house, with the swooping line and dramatic curve of the table then met with rectangular lights either side. The circular mirror above contrasts with the rigidity of the other pieces.”
The master bedroom of an apartment (situated in London’s prestigious Grade II* listed Grosvenor Crescent) gets a feminine makeover in the form of a shapely console table addition.
Helen Green Design Director Sammi Wickins talks through the scheme: “The circularity of the mirror counterbalances the concave cut-outs of the [console’s] base. The shapes and palette of white lacquer and bronze highlights neatly complement the fretwork antique screen adorning either side of the […] headboard. It is a fresh clean look created using shades of ivory, oozing an archetypal Hollywood glamour.”
“In a contemporary city apartment it’s all about striking the balance between design that’s both alluring and practical,” design studio Millier explains. The firm practises what it preaches by opting for an ultra-glam (but secretly very practical) console for a central London project.
High shine all over, the design features a high-gloss walnut top – complete with perfectly arranged chevron bookmatching – and polished brass base. The practical element comes in the form of three seamless drawers lined in black velvet. The ultimate in decadence.
A Space Saving Small Console Table
Even the smallest of spaces can be useful with the help of a console table. Against the classic panelled backdrop of a London townhouse, the Murphy console doubles up as a reduced-sized desk, creating an office space where there was none.
The console’s graceful cabriole legs suggest a feminine aesthetic whilst its ebony stain finish is perfectly unisex – the key balance of transitional style. The design is paired with a faux croc and nailhead trim klismos-inspired accent chair, striking a refined take on a monochrome palette. Small vases of fresh flowers, a classic silver photo frame and an aromatic candle carefully accessorise the table without overwhelming it.
Contrasting strength and delicacy, a delicate honeycomb-like Porta Romana console table is placed below two commanding portraits by Andrew Martin – one featuring a negative image of the other – in a hallway design by Caballero.
The design’s network base is highlighted with a pale neutral backdrop whilst drama is added by way of the deep mauve tones and high contrasts of the artwork.
Header Image: Helen Green Design