Console & Entryway Tables

Form meets function in these versatile pieces. Make a statement, greet your guests and give yourself someplace to stow your keys and other essentials with a Pottery Barn hallway table. Whether you call them hallway tables, entryway tables or console tables, what really matters is how you style it. No matter if you have a cozy apartment or a farmhouse estate, the right hallway table and the right styling lets you create an amazing focal point that expresses your unique personality while welcoming people into your space. To help get you started, consider these tips for getting the most out of your new hallway table.

Add Seating

Funky stools, upholstered benches or gorgeous chairs all add an extra decorative touch to hallway tables. They also provide an ideal spot to sit and take your shoes off or put them on. The extra seating can come in handy, especially in smaller spaces.

Start with the Basics

Before you start developing a complex plan for styling your hallway table, take some time to think about what you need to use the table for, and what your personal style is all about. If you need a spot for your keys and your mail, it’s important to include some storage and organizational pieces like a simple tray or basket. If you want to add a little extra light to an otherwise dim entryway, consider adding a table lamp. But above all, let your home’s style dictate your choices. For example, if your home is ultramodern and contemporary, not only do you want a sleek and modern hallway table, you also want to style it with pieces that fit your contemporary style. Everything you add to this table will set the tone for the rest of your decor.

Display Your Art

The walls aren’t the only place to showcase your favorite paintings, prints and photos. Choose key pieces to add to your hallway table. Sculptures add visual interest and height. But you can also use framed artwork either on stands, leaned against the wall or hung above the hallway table. Just keep in mind that, since this is a point of entry, it sets the tone for your home.

Mirror, Mirror

The hallway table makes a statement all on its own. But adding an oversized mirror or one with a striking frame right above it also gives you and your guests a spot for last-minute hair and makeup checks. A floor-length mirror adds drama while giving you a full look at your clothing before you head out. A decorative mirror centered above the table adds symmetry to the rest of the table’s decor, giving you a solid foundation around which to add all your other pieces.

Lighting is Everything

Imagine walking into your home after a long day of work or fun and being greeted by the warm glow of a perfectly lit entryway. It all starts with your hallway table. A great table lamp adds charm, but don’t forget that you can also add other types of lighting nearby. For example, flank that beautiful decorative mirror with a great set of wall sconces, or add candles to a tabletop for added ambience.

Use Symmetry Plus the Rule of Three

A tall lamp on one side pairs well with a tall sculpture or candelabra on the opposite side. Symmetry gives your styling a sense of balance. But that doesn’t mean it should be boring. And it definitely doesn’t mean that everything has to match. Instead, mix and match your materials using the rule of three. Group three objects together in triangular formation and you’ll likely be amazed at how fantastic the end result looks.

From glass tops to sturdy woods, ornate designs to simple silhouettes, hallway tables come in a range of styles, making it easy to find one that works well within your home’s decor. Consider the height, width and design of the hallway table you’re considering to make sure it fits perfectly. Then, start getting creative with your hallway table styling to create a gorgeous, functional entryway piece.