Thursday, September 22, 2011

[ what to put under consoles ]

CONSOLE TABLES are one of those pieces that are so versatile. Great behind a sofa, in an entry, a hallway, or anywhere to fill an awkward blank space.

I've had one behind my sofa for a few years that we shipped here from Canada. But since our sofa is now against a wall, I've got to find a new spot for it. And, I've been looking for something to put under it to fill the empty void.


perhaps a stool?








or maybe a box?




or a vase?




or baskets?



Which one is your favourite? Do you have a console?

lisa

[west elm; 2,3,5,6,10 houzz; elle decor; pottery barn; house beautiful;
design sponge; amber interior design; west elm; simple urban style; interior divine]

26 comments:

Sherri Cassara said...

Fun post - great examples! I love the round leather 'stools' with the nailheads in the 3rd image!

Pinecone said...

I think the first and last images are great!
I just got an old sideboard - and it has storage space below. So I am trying to figure out what I'd like to put under it too.
xo
Ashlyn

flowers on my table said...

Great ideas Lisa. I think my favourite is the blue painted console with the flower bottles underneath, so country! I have a painted console in the kitchen and the dogs basket is underneath it. I would like a better looking dogbed though. Have a great weekend, love Linda x

{darlene} said...

I love this post. Perhaps consoles are so wonderful simply because they beg for a layer beneath them! I have plans for a small console in our bathroom, to function as a vanity in a thin space. I can see it in my head... now to find one thin enough!
I would love an industrial stool beneath it, and the top covered in glam "getting-ready" goods.

so glad to be getting to know you, Lisa!

- {darlene}

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I like the idea of the stools for rooms where there's not a lot of room. It's a great way to add seating. I have a console with a bottom shelf so that won't work for me. Maybe some baskets?

Vintage Home said...

Fabulous inspiration....we are in the midst of getting one ready for our daughters living room!..Thanks for inspiring!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I have a console with two small benches under, but I like the basket idea too especially the last picture or boxes are nice too!
Have fun deciding!!

Kristen516 said...

I like them all. I have a console table but all i have under it are dust bunnies!

Dagmar said...

Love the examples, like the idea of extra seating and storage..maybe stools with storage under the lid...
The way you are decorating it sounds just delightful to me!
ox

Meeling said...

Lovely pics! I do have on...kind of mid century-ish looking...long slender legs in our entryway. I have two rattan/wicker cylinder looking candle holders...kind of exotic looking and then on the other side a large silver mercury glass looking orb. I love the contrast of the wood and the glimmer and so far...(keeping fingers crossed) no one has managed to break it!! ;-)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I love to add pretty boxes with lids because they're great for keeping junk hidden away.

Beach Coast Style said...

I've always wanted to put an old long wicker bread basket or Italian wood bread basket underneath, but have never found the right one.

Amy R. said...

I vote for the stool or stools. I have an upholstered ottoman under my entry console table.

amy b.s. said...

love the stump!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

Love them all but I think my fav is the last one...love the wicker picninc type basket, and the rustic console with the sawhorse style leg... there is something comfortable and relaxed about this one.
Thanks as always for sharing... Happy Thursday!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

I love a console table with some kind of seat under it in a foyer. My fave is the first image. Also love the second and third ones!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I used to have mine behind the couch but then moved furniture around a couple of weeks ago. Now I have a trunk under it with an Indian quilt folded on top of the trunk. I think nice baskets for storage are great too. :) Hope all is well over there. Best wishes, Tammy

jessica said...

Wonderful post!! This is so funny because the hubby and I, just last night, were 'discussing' what went under ours! I was voting for two little ottoman/stool things {I already have}, and he is dead set on a vintage trunk {that we don't have}! I will have to show him this when he gets home from work!!

Thanks for the inspiration!

~*Jessica

A Vintage Vine said...

I love baskets under a console table, it's easy storage for me!
Thanks for your comment on my project @ Remodalholic

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

What and inspiring post!
I love the idea of extra seating, but I also like the look of the storage baskets!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Meagan said...

Hard to know Lisa! Depends on your storage needs versus aesthetic needs I think!
xo

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

ah! I've been collecting images for a post about this! Think I like yours better :) That first one is right up my alley...but how cool are those enormous vases?

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

I've been thinking about this very same thing lately!! My living room really needs more "soft" pieces, and I thought some upholstered stools under the console would soften the space and provide extra seating. Love all the images you shared :)

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful! Makes me want to switch things up a bit! :)

I love them all but I think the last is my favorite.

R

Marcus Design said...

Oooh your inspiration pics are fabulous!! I love the idea of stools which are practical and pretty and of course baskets would be useful too :) I still need something for under my console as well!!
Nancy xo

SHERRY HART said...

Geez...you had me pinning like crazy on this post. So many great styling ideas!!! I love the baskets...storage and texture but I like so many others also.

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