After the sofa, the first piece of furniture that I advise clients to invest in is the sideboard/ console table. The thing about the console is that it pulls double duty as being incredibly functional (I store stem-wear and serving dishes in one side and board games in the other) but it also really anchors a room giving a home to art (or the TV) and styling accessories. No matter what your design aesthetic is, there is guaranteed to be a console to go with it and for me it has truly become a must have for any living space.
I myself am a big fan of the wood console. It adds an organic feature to the room and really pops against any color of wall, from light to dark. Mine houses my collection of coffee table books and plants on top, but really the opportunities are endless for what you can put on them. In a recent design for a client, I used one half of the sideboard for a makeshift bar and the other for some much needed lighting. That's the great thing about the sideboard, you get storage AND an extra surface area which without question is the one thing that most living rooms are lacking.
I've pulled a number of inspiration images below just to show how versatile the console table is, along with a roundup of my favorite wood consoles currently on the market. These pieces are available at every single price point, and right now I'm loving the ones with a little bit of a modern edge to them that combine wood with marble or lucite. For those of you looking for a little more storage in the bedroom, a console is also a great option because it allows more low profile choices and when finished with wood, it can really warm up a space.
Get The Look
|Lekker Home $1695|
|Organic Modernism $1995|
|Jonathan Adler $3950|
We lived for years without a console (and survived ;)) but now looking at our space I can't imagine the room without one. We have such a small amount of cabinet space that having this near the kitchen has really freed up so much room for the things that we use every day. I will often switch up the styling on top of mine and it allows for an easy way to give the room a little refresh, without actually purchasing anything new for your space.
All hail the console!
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Photographs of our home by Sarah Winchester Photography