Consoles are constructed out of many different materials including natural wood, stained or painted wood, metal, and glass. By far the most popular type is a wood console table with a decorative element like fluted legs, or a small amount of carving along the bottom edge of the rails. Most tables are made with four legs supporting the top, while some make an interesting design statement using two legs on the rear and one centrally located leg in the front.
Contemporary designs need not be strictly geometric shapes. A modern piece can be in a classic design but be black, metal, marble or even a basic mission console table that isnt too distracting. And dont over decorate your table. Leave it almost bare with just some porcelain pots or a piece of crystal or a simple sculpture. If it has no drawers it will best be used as a decorative piece (and dont let it become a catch all space), but you may also choose contemporary console tables with drawers that are sleek and discreet and very practical to hide little items.
Some people use tall console tables as a kind of buffet in the kitchen or dinning room, or as in my motherinlaws house in France, as a table between the kitchen and the dining area where cheese trays and wine and desserts can be left ready for the next course without having to run between the two rooms for each item. Designs in wood that match your dinning set are especially good for this because the nature of a console table is length.
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