Available in many shapes and sizes, French Benches and Ottomans
are sure to add a chic elegance to your decor. Benches have the bonus of having a huge visual impact, yet the space they occupy is often minimal. The settees below are generally defined as small sofas or benches with a high back that may or may not have arms. Try an upholstered armless bench pushed up to a dining table rather than traditional chairs or use a lovely settee in a foyer for an special place to take off shoes.
Hall benches were originally put there for guests of a king or queen who, if kept waiting outside their chambers, were given a comfortable place to sit. Today, hall benches add sophistication and style to an otherwise empty space. Set the bench under a piece of artwork and instantly create a focal point and fill up that low, horizontal space. Try a soft-palette upholstered French Bench to add a bit of color or for a more shabby chic style, neutral tones of natural fabrics.
Upholstered bedroom benches are really an ideal solution if you have the room. A luxuriously tufted bench at the foot of the bed is functional but also an elegant touch to a bedroom. Demilune benches with all their beautiful curves are very popular. Scripted ottomans can also add a bit of French flair with whimsical scripted French words on a tufted seat.
Ottomans are the perfect marriage of comfort and function. Set one in the middle of a seating area as a place to put your feet up and simply add a tray on top to create an instant coffee table. Having storage space in an ottoman makes it easier to keep your living area clutter-free by providing a generous area to store your things. Another benefit is they can also provide comfortable extra seating around a fireplace without blocking the view.
Smaller stools can also be a terrific choice for extra seating and can be easily tucked away under a table when not being used. They can be so pretty on their own, yet a pair of them would look fantastic under a console table until ready for guests. The smaller benches are also an ideal choice for a vanity table with their cozy cushions and feminine lines.