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Styling Stools and Benches

Stools and benches are among the most versatile tools for styling your rooms. While larger examples provide handy alternatives for more traditional furnishings, petite pieces can be used and reused in multiple ways. Antique milking stools, step stools, footstools, low benches, risers and even toy furniture can be stacked or used solo to add interest to all areas of your home. Read on for some clever ways to leverage these small accents for big impact.

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Photographed and Styled by Gridley + Graves
Country Sampler May 2019 issue
Photographed by BlackstoneEdge.com and Styled by Donna Pizzi
Country Sampler Home Tours 2019
Photographed and Styled by Gridley + Graves
Country Sampler May 2019 issue

•  Serve as a shelf -- Mount an assortment of small examples on a wall to highlight singular collectibles.

•  Provide a perch -- Tuck a colorful primitive piece below an island or a dining table for a spot of color and spare seating.

•  Turn into a table -- Try out a piano bench, cobbler’s bench, upholstered vanity bench or another sturdy seat in lieu of a coffee table. Or, stack several smaller stools and benches to fashion a side table.

•  Add variety to a vignette -- Heighten the interest of your displays by mixing in a few tiny benches to raise items to greater prominence.

•  Level up a centerpiece -- Balance a taller item, such as a floral arrangement, by boosting a smaller accent with a riser or low stool. Or, elevate the entire centerpiece so it stands out from the table surface.

•  Fill in for a footboard -- Arrange a low bench across the base of a bed without a footboard to give it a finished look and provide a place to exhibit a stack of quilts or a grouping of decorative objects.

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