Welcome to our ongoing series, where we guide you through a bunch of design words you may hear in the world of interiors, but not quite understand. We’re not throwing out dictionary definitions here, this ain’t no lecture. We’re keeping it chill and light-hearted, and we’re moving on to the letter C.
Ahhh, the ol’ console table. Is it a table, is it a shelf on legs? Honestly, who cares? Either way it’s really handy, and ultimately a piece of furniture many of us couldn’t do without.
You’re likely to find a console table at the entry/exit point of a home. It’s a great spot to pop all your bits and bobs that you scramble for when leaving the house, like keys, wallets, and handbags. It’s also where we choose to dump the day’s worries… bye bye stress, you’re not welcome in my house!
Styling a console is simple and focuses on practicality. Of course you can adorn the top with vases, sculptures, or a lamp, but make sure to leave room for a tray or bowl to hold your things and whatnot. Anchor with a beautiful artwork or mirror hung overhead, and you’re doneskies!
So the chaise lounge is one of those hybrid bits of furniture that could be one thing, but could also be another. At one end, you’ve got super armchair vibes, whilst at the other, it’s a bit more footrest-y. It’s the best of everything and we’re definitely supporters of seeing a heap more chaise in a heap more homes.
Now you might think, “Chaise lounge!? That looks like something straight out of a therapist’s office, I don’t want that!” Well yeah, but nah, it’s how you style and use it, right? Throw down some cushions, get comfy and cosy. Curl up with a book, wrap yourself burrito style in a throw and have a nap, recline like a Grecian goddess. See, the chaise is more than just a therapist’s sofa.
Oh, it’s pronounced “SHayze”, not “CHase” or “Kase”. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
When talking interior colour schemes, we’re looking at things as a whole; the overall combination or selection of colours in a room, and how they interact with one another. You see, colours have this amazing way of opening or closing the visual space of a room, which is why it’s oh-so-important to nail the colour scheme from day dot.
There are names that go along with colour schemes, that help describe the way in which each colour interacts, and where it can be found on the colour wheel. For example, a monochromatic scheme sources various tints and tones of a single hue, whilst a complementary scheme incorporates colours found opposite one-another on the colour wheel. Other schemes to know of include: analogous, split-complementary, triadic, and tetradic.
Use these as a guide, or with balance, throw caution to the wind and get wild. Woohoo!
As in a bar counter btw. Not something you do after someone throws a punch and you dodge out of the way. That has nothing to do with interiors, or design, and really wouldn’t fit the narrative of what we’re trying to achieve here.
With that out of the way, let’s get down to business. A counter is often found at one end of an open-plan kitchen and is a great spot for prepping food, or dumping things and forgetting about them. They’re often made from all sorts; elegant granite, luxurious marble, hardy engineered stone – something to suit every kitchen!
Paired with bar (or counter) stools, a counter serves as a great spot for informal meals, or fun cocktails. We lean towards the cocktails option, and would like to order a Negroni please and thank you. Ta much.