Ready for some inspiring console table decor ideas? I share my ten favorite ideas for adding style to any console table, sideboard, or buffet!
One of the many house projects that I’m juggling right now is decorating our dining room. I finally ordered some dining room side chairs that arrive this week (fingers crossed that they’re winners) and then went to work on what to put on the walls and the top of our sideboard. The only thing that I have there so far is this blue gourd lamp that I ordered on sale a few weeks back (and love!). I’ve also ordered a large canvas art print that should be here soon – this is the paper template that I taped up to make sure the size I was looking at would work:
Now I’ve moved on to finding a few more decorative pieces to add to the top of our sideboard. I’ve had several requests for a console table decorating post in the past so thought that while I have a bunch of ideas fresh in my head, I’d share my favorite sideboard and console table decor ideas with you! They’re all ideas that should work for you whether you’re decorating a console table, buffet, sideboard, entryway table, or any other similar piece.
Before we jump in, as an FYI the best images I could find to give you a visual of several of my console table decor ideas come from higher end retailers (who have great stylists!) so the consoles themselves and the decor on them is often pricey. But know as you read this post that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have a beautifully decorated console table – some of my favorite decor pieces have come from HomeGoods and Amazon. Every one of these ideas that I share can be done beautifully while sticking to a budget! And with that, let’s get to it… (post includes affiliate links; full disclosure statement available here)
1. Give Greenery a Spot to Shine
I love the look of large scale greenery on one side of a console table or sideboard. It adds a punch of color and the organic shape of greenery is a nice contrast to the straight lined silhouette of most consoles. A few examples include these leafy branches in a flare neck glass vase that make a statement on this rattan console:
and these more wispy branches in a footed glass vase on this pretty linen console table:
4. Layer in Light
Using lighting on or above a console or sideboard is a great way to layer light in a room. While I have a single lamp on my console and sideboard, a pair of lamps is also a beautiful look (especially if you’re a lover of symmetry)! For example, this pair of white temple jar lamps is stunning on top of this high-end raffia console table with a grid of four framed art prints and a few accessories:
5. Stack Up Some Books
You might have noticed in several of the images I’ve already shown that stacked books are commonly used for console table decor. Consoles are a great place to display special books you might have about your favorite interests, vacation destinations, or family photo books. And they can also serve a purpose of raising up decorative pieces resting on top of them to a height that’s more pleasing to the eye, as was done with the candle holders elevated by two books on this beautiful console:
You can also use books to add more color or pattern to a console table by adding a simple fabric book cover to them such as these that I used on the entryway chest in our previous home one spring:
It’s really simple to do (no sewing required) – you can find the step by step of how to make fabric book covers here.
Tip! When hanging a single piece of art over a console table or sideboard, art that’s between ⅔ and ¾ the width of the furniture piece below it is a good size to shoot for.
Other options are to hang several identically sized framed prints in a grid or create an eclectic gallery wall. My favorite online shops for reasonably priced art prints are Minted, Artfully Walls, Etsy, and Juniper Print Shop which is a new favorite. I just ordered this Montauk canvas print from their shop to go over the long sideboard in our family room:
7. Add Storage With Baskets
Want hidden storage for shoes by your front door or for stashing reusable bags that you can grab as you head to the grocery store? Adding decorative baskets such as this pair of woven baskets to open consoles can give you exactly that:
If the baskets look familiar, it’s because they’re the same ones that I’ve used for storage at the base of this shallow closet:
8. Decorate With Bowls & Boxes
Two of the console table decor pieces that I use time and time again are decorative bowls & boxes. For example I used this shallow wood bowl filled with a strand of glass beads similar to these on the shelf of our entryway console:
And during the holidays, I’ve added a large decorative wood bowl filled with ornaments & jingle bells to the top of my console:
9. Add A Bit of Quirk
As with every space you decorate, it’s fun to add a piece with a bit of quirk that reflects your unique interests or personality. I’ve long had a love for small brass animals so it’s no surprise that I think this brass snail is the cutest thing ever – he still makes me smile when I walk by him hanging out on my console:
10. Doll It Up When You Entertain
One of the things I love most about console table and sideboards is that they are super functional pieces for entertaining. You can use them like a bar cart to hold and serve drinks or, if you have a long console, you can set up a gorgeous buffet. The way they set up this champagne and dessert station is stunning:
I hope these console table decor ideas sparked an idea of what you could do to decorate your own console or sideboard! I’ll be sharing over on Instagram Stories here as my new chairs, art, and decor pieces arrive and will let you know whether or not they’re winners! Next week I’ll be back to share more updates on other rooms in our home including some major progress on the “circus room” ceiling and family room fireplace. In the meantime, be sure to check out my Shop page here as I’ve added a lot of new sale finds for Labor Day sales that started early and will keep adding more as we head into the holiday weekend!