Like many homes, I have a console table in our entryway. It’s the first thing that people see when they walk in and it’s a great way to define your style and say “Welcome.” I change the decor and styling on our console table pretty often, rotating pieces in and out. Today I want to share a fresh, clean and inviting blue design that I’m loving. It’s functional for my family and eye-catching.
I always start a clean table – really taking care of the wood with a product like Pledge Lemon Clean. I don’t have to worry about it clouding up or stripping away the finish, because it’s pH balanced. Starting with a radiant surface – one where the natural beauty of the wood shines through is a great starting point for any design. Best of all, the classic, light fragrance isn’t too strong or overpowering – no harsh chemical smells.
Cleaning was especially important to me this time because we had just installed new moulding around the room, painted and repaired. Not only was the Pledge Lemon Clean great to get my table ready to be designed, it also cleaned up the surfaces post-home repair!
Once your surface is cleaned and ready, follow these simple tips for creating a sophisticated and stylish entryway table:
Less is More
You want to fill the space, but not clutter it. Choose personal, strong pieces. If there are other things you need to leave out, remember that you can rotate items in and out. Not only does this give pieces a chance to be displayed – but it keeps the design fresh and new.
Consider Symmetry & Balance
Consider height of objects and whether you want to have symmetry or one side ‘higher’ than the other. I like a variation of height.
Variety of Objects
An entry way table filled with only picture frames is not going to be as eye-catching than a lamp, candle, stack of books and one or two pictures. Be sure your ‘design’ reflecrs who you are, any family needs (i.e., tray for mail, keys etc).
Don’t be afraid to add pieces in that make your life easier. For me, I added a note board – it’s a great way for my husband and I keep each other informed, share notes and place something that we need to grab on the way out. A tray can also help serve this purpose. I also placed baskets on the bottom shelf and assigned one to each of my kids. They keep hats, sweatshirts, and umbrella or anything else they might need to grab as we head out the door. It eliminates the clutter, big time!
I considered everything above and this is my design – at least for now. I’ll inevitably change it up, but that’s what is so fun about this space – it’s easy, simple and quite inexpensive to change from time to time.
How do you style the entryway to your home?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.