Kate, I just got my console before Christmas and this is the first time that I've styled it without Christmas decor. I decided to use your post on stacked books to add some interest and height to my arrangement.
I also added a basket to the bottom of the console in order to distract the eye from the back of the couch. I think baskets are an easy fix to quite a few design issues. That's a whole other post though!
This is my winter arrangement. I can't wait to style it for spring with lots of colour and flowers.