Keep it Simple
Keeping the display on the top of this table simple in colour and quantity allows the table to be the design statement. Design tip: paint out the vent under the table. It is much too obvious.
Create extra storage
photographer Sylvia Martin
In smaller rooms a console table with or without a shelf can solve some of your storage problems. Of course the trick is to come up with interesting ways to do this. Stacked trunks and suitcases are a creative solution as are baskets.
The use of white unifies this arrangement while the addition of green livens things up and creates a soft contrast.
Store extra seating
Store extra seating
I love this arrangement. The ottoman is a good size for the space under the table. There should be breathing room on both sides. Stuffing in an oversized piece will not give you the polished look you want. There is a nice play of dark against light and the arrangement on the table top works very well in terms of colour, scale and texture.
Rachel Reider Interiors
Don't let limited space stop you from having an interesting and inviting arrangement in a foyer or entrance. By keeping the line of a table simple and using a monochromatic scheme you can have a lot going on in a limited space. It's also refreshing to see this combination with light wood.
Not many people would consider a console table as a night table, but this works very well because it is smaller in scale and the stool tucks in nicely . Just pull it out and it's ready for use. The green looks so refreshing next to the wood tones.
When you place a table behind a sofa you can still think about it as a place to store extra seating.
Paired chairs on either side of a console table also work well. To flank a table with chairs you need roughly 6-8 feet of linear space. The scale of the chairs and the table should be in harmony. A bulky table would overwhelm smaller chairs.
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This same arrangement can be used behind a long sofa.
And sometimes one chair is best especially when the table is near a corner.