By Maryann Schrock on June 12 2018 22:21:17
The console-table - the slab of which is often of marble - lends itself with peculiar adaptability to ornament, and, especially during the first half of the 18th century which was its most distinguished and, artistically, its most satisfactory period, it was often of extreme grace and elegance. France was always its natural home, and the Mobilier National and the great French palaces still contain many extremely ornate examples, in which fruits and flowers, wreaths and scrolls, gildings and inlayings produce gorgeous yet homogeneous effects.
In a dining room, a console table can be a useful place to display your favourite china or crystal glass. Having a console in your dining space is also an ideal spot for placing any extra dining chairs that aren’t in use around your dining table. This way, the chairs will not look lost or clutter the space but rather create another stylish seating area.
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.
If you place a console table in your hallway or on your landing, it will instantly create a useful ledge for your keys, purse, letters and a variety of miscellaneous items.
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