Design Recipes: Create an attractive point of entry into your home using consoles
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.