Design Recipes: Create an attractive point of entry into your home using consoles

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service
A staged and styled console creates a welcoming and friendly entry. (Design Recipes)

When you walk into a home, what is the first thing you see? The first thing you notice? Often the experience is shaped by the point of entry. Whether it’s with a mirror placed in an entry hallway, bench or artwork, creating an appealing point of entry can go a long a way in making a positive first impression. The use of an entry console is perhaps one of the more popular ways to create a subtle yet impacting look.


Glass consoles are ideal for areas where the entry may be small or narrow. Glass will automatically help a smaller space feel more open without making it feel overwhelming or stuffed.

Long consoles can also be used in living rooms to help hide entert/inment equipment. (Design Recipes)


Narrow consoles are perfect for long walls and entry hallways. If you have an especially long wall, a popular designer trick is to place identical consoles side by side to create the illusion of a single furniture piece. Artwork or mirrors above your console will help create a finished look.


Looking to create a sleek, modern look? Lacquer remains a popular finish and typically comes in both matte and lacquer finishes.


Wood is versatile and an ideal material for timeless elegance. If you are looking for a more formal and elegant look, wood can help provide a luxurious feel. Conversely, if an industrial look is more your taste, wood can also be an attractive choice.

Often cabinets that are smaller in scale are ideal solutions to help create a point of entry. (Design Recipes)

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at