French Bench

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.

french benchEthan Cane Back Bench            Carved Antoinette Settee               Upholstered Armless Bench

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.

french benchDusty Blue French Bench                  Parisian Hall Bench                Pillow Top Vintage Bench

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.

french benchDusty Blue Bench              Curved Provencal Bench             Rectangular  Scripted Ottoman

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.

tufted ottomansRectangular Provence Ottoman        Round Scripted Ottoman        Square Elm Wood Ottoman

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.

ottomans and stools

Scroll & Medallion Bench                Provence Relic Stool                  French Antique White Bench