Are You Stuck on How to Decorate Your Entryway or Console Table this Season?
I’ll show you how to decorate an entryway or console table for each season in this easy step-by-step photo tutorial!
Hiya friends! I’m so excited about today’s post…and it’s been a long time coming!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’m always posting photos of my entryway table. I like to switch up my entryway decor each season, and it’s something that I always seem to get a lot of questions about!
You guys: I’m no expert. But I do always follow the same set of “steps” when I’m decorating my entryway table, and today I’m sharing those steps with you guys!
In this post I’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to decorate your entryway or console table for fall (or any other season):
- Step 1: Start with a “Base”
- Step 2: Something Tall in the Corner
- Step 3: Layer Your Decor
- Step 4: Add Seasonal Accents
- Step 5: Add Greenery and/or Florals
- Step 6: Don’t Forget Under the Entryway Table
How to Decorate an Entryway Table Seasonally
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Before I get into the step-by-step guide on how to decorate your entryway table, I want to start off with a couple tips on where to get your decor:
- Tip #1: Shop Your Home
- I’d say 70% of the decor items I use for my entryway table are items I’ve found from just shopping my home! Don’t be afraid to grab decor from other areas of your house!
- Tip #2: Hit Up Those “After Holiday” Sales
- Fun fact: Almost all of my holiday decor comes from deeply discounted sales after the holidays. That’s the time to grab holiday decor for cheap and save it for next year.
- Tips #3: Get Your Thrift On!
- Hit up those thrift stores and resale shops! You can find lots of holiday decor items that you can “flip” by using some spray paint (like these thrift store pumpkins). It’s also a great place to find items that you’ll use in Step 3 of this guide!
- Tip #4: Don’t Forget the Dollar Stores!
- Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Target Dollar Spot (yes, I consider that a dollar store) all have great seasonal decor accents for less than $5!
Step 1: Start with a “Base”
I always start out with a table runner. Not only does it add another layer of holiday decor, but table runners are fairly inexpensive and can easily be switched out each season or holiday.
If you don’t want to bother with changing out a table runner each season, consider using a neutral table runner that can be used year-round.
I’ve been using this white macrame table runner from Target for about a year now, and I love how it goes with anything!
Table Runner Tips
- Find discounted holiday table runners during “after holiday” sales. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Target, Kirklands, and Walmart are just a few of the stores that will deeply discount their holiday decor (including table runners!) after each season.
- The Dollar Spot at Target has adorable table runners each season for just $5! But, be careful. These table runners tend to be a little shorter than your standard table runner, so be sure to measure your entryway table first. My Dollar Spot table runners go just to the edge of my entryway table, which doesn’t allow for any overhang (totally whatever your preference is).
Get the Look
Step 2: Something Tall in the Corner
Eye-catching entryway table arrangements always include a variety of heights. You don’t want everything to be one size or height because it tends to look “knick-knacky”.
The easiest way to add a little height to your entryway or console table is to put something tall in the corner(s).
Lots of people like to use lamps, myself included!
The lamp that I use on my entryway table never moves, and it stays here year-round for all of my decor. It adds height, but it’s also functional in our dark entryway.
Some people like to use 2 matching lamps on each side of the table. That’s also a beautiful look and totally up to your preference. Just remember…lamps can get expensive! So keep that in mind if you’re considering using two lamps.
Other things that can add height (other than lamps):
- large vases or jugs with tall stems, sticks, or florals
- tall candle holders
- large lanterns
Get the Look
Step 3: Layer Your Decor
If you have a large, permanent fixture on your wall (such as a large sign or mirror), you might want to skip this step.
I don’t keep a permanent piece of wall decor (like a large sign or mirror) on the wall behind my entryway table because I feel like it limits me to how I can decorate each season.
Instead, I like to layer my “wall decor” right on the table! It allows you to add different pieces of wall decor, and it allows you to be flexible with how you decorate each season!
This is where I really like to “shop my home”! I like to keep various pieces of wall decor that I’ve usually snagged on clearance somewhere, and I’ll pull from that little stash.
Again, you don’t want everything to be all one height or level. So consider layering pieces of wall decor of various heights.
I usually try to make sure my “front layer” is a seasonal sign.
Pieces of “wall decor” that layer well on an entryway table:
- empty frames
- seasonal signs
- window panes
Get the Look
Step 4: Add Seasonal Accents
The items that you use in steps 1-3 could essentially be used throughout the year. Now is where you get to add fun holiday accents to make your entryway table unique to each season.
Some fun accents you could use for fall include:
- a fall garland or banner (I’m obsessed with using garlands for decor! So many are such easy DIYs as well!)
- fall signs
- pine cones
Remember height! To avoid the “knick-knacky” look, use accents of various heights…especially when you are grouping things together.
Step 5: Add Greenery or Florals
I think greenery and/or seasonal florals are a must when decorating, so I always make sure to add some somewhere on my entryway table. There are so many ways you can do this!
How to incorporate greenery and florals into your entryway decor:
- add greenery or florals to a vase (we talked about this in step #2)
- use greenery or florals in a garland (step #4)
- lay or wedge small greenery or floral picks in your tabletop decor
Get the Look
Step 6: Don’t Forget About Under Your Entryway Table
If you’ve got space under under your entryway table, don’t let it go to waste! You can use this for decor….but it can also be functional too!
Ways to add decor beneath your entryway table:
- add a decorative pillow
- add another seasonal sign
- add a basket with throw blanket peeking out
- add a large container with greenery/florals
If this seems like a wasted space for decor, consider using large baskets instead! Large baskets can be decorative and functional!
How to use baskets under your entryway table:
- store shoes, boots, etc
- store jackets
- store school items such as backpacks, lunch kits, etc
- store mail, newspapers, recycling, etc.
Get the Look
My Final Thoughts on Decorating Your Entryway Table
I’m going to leave you with this little nugget of advice: if you love it, leave it! You really can’t go wrong when you’re decorating an entryway table. Everyone has different styles and preferences, and sometimes it can seem daunting to get the “perfect” entryway table arrangement.
If you love how you’ve decorated something, then leave it alone! Your house, your style, your preferences…your rules!
My hope in writing this post is to give you ideas or a starting point when decorating your entryway or console table seasonally. I hope you’ve enjoyed and have been able to take something away!
If you use any of these tips, I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment below, email me, or always find me hanging out daily on Instagram!
I’ll leave you with a time lapse of this entryway table look coming together for fall!
If you’ve enjoyed this entryway decor tutorial, check out these other home decor posts:
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- Decorating on a Budget: Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover
- 9 Builder Grade Bathroom Updates You Can Do on a Budget
- Affordable Farmhouse Entryway Tables
- Modern Farmhouse Shelves: My Fave Affordable Picks