By Lillian Pierce on June 13 2018 11:55:52
The best height for your console table depends on where you plan to put it, as they are available in different heights, styles and materials. Often used behind sofas for perched lamps and decorative accessories, a console table is also useful as a drop-off spot in the entryway or as a buffet in the dining room. Before you buy one, verify that the table is an appropriate height for the space and the people who plan to use it.
Until the reign of Louis XVI. consoletables were almost invariably gilded, but they then began to be painted usually in gris-perle, and by degrees they came to be manufactured in rose-wood and mahogany. Although much used in England the console has never been thoroughly acclimatized there; that it has always retained a foreign flavour is indicated by the fact that, unlike most other pieces of furniture, it has failed to commend itself to any but the richer classes.
A gorgeous sculptural stool can be placed underneath a console to create balance and interest. It’s also a great place to put on and take off your shoes and means you have an extra seat should you ever require it for guests when entertaining. Another great option is a pair of matching upholstered ottomans to create symmetry and add some colour and softness.
A console is also the perfect solution for filling empty nooks and spaces. For example, in front of a staircase wall. A console table can be used as a serving bar for entertaining. It makes a great bar cart for displaying and serving drinks or laying out food dishes.
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