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How to Style Benches

Stunning accent. Secret storage. Extra seating.

The humble accent bench does it all, blending function and flawless style without breaking a sweat. A great alternative to a stuffy armoire or a traditional credenza, an accent bench can be the perfect finishing touch to any room in your home. Whether you’re picking up an entryway bench, a bedroom bench, or just a bench cushion for a plush look, we’ve put together a few things that you’ll want to consider.

Location, location, location

The best style decisions are made with a particular space in mind. When selecting your piece, think about the size and dimensions of your space. An end of bed bench, for example, will have a bit more elbow room than your average entryway bench. It’s important that you have enough room for people to move around each piece and to avoid clutter in the space. Be sure to choose the bench that adds more than it takes away in your space.

Make the most of materials

The good news is you always have options. Woven, wood, leather, and even upholstered benches can all bring a textural element to your space, adding a cozy vibe or a natural elegance. Swap a few chairs at the dinner table for a plush, upholstered bench or create a staycation-worthy bedroom with a woven bench. The most important thing is this bench complements the style that you’ve already curated in your space.

Don’t forget about function

Every piece in your space should play a role, even if it’s just to look good sometimes. An entryway bench, for example, can create a space for people to set down their bags or take off their shoes after a long day. A bedroom bench can provide a bit of cozy seating, while benches like our San Pedro or Hinoki are a perfect landing pad for your coffee table books. No matter what room you’re in, be sure to think about the role you want this bench to play in your space.

Accessories are essential

A bench is only as good as the extras that go with it. Add a small throw pillow or drape your favorite throw over the side for an inviting finish. Place a basket at the foot of the bench with a few magazines. Grab a bench with storage to hold a few of your favorite accents. It’s the little details that turn a small bench into a big statement piece.

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