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Contemporary Ottomans and Benches

Contemporary Ottomans and Benches

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Benches and ottomans have been hot this summer. Their casual, versatile designs are easy to add to any room while enhancing both the look and functionality of the space. In most cases, contemporary ottomans and benches provide both auxiliary storage and seating in an attractive package. Most of the time, these pieces are merely accents set off to the side of the room, but when additional seating is needed for a get-together or other occasion, simply pull them out to use for extra seating. Many pieces, particularly ottomans, also make great footrests or temporary tabletops for setting items like a book or TV remote.

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Contemporary ottomans and benches are popular in the living room, family room, bedroom, and even the dining room. The function of these pieces changes slightly depending on the room, with them serving primarily as footrests and accent pieces in the living and family room, as a seat and storage solution in bedroom, and as a fun seating option and auxiliary storage piece in the dining room. The shared nature of the bench adds a fun and casual mood to a dinner or social gathering, without damaging the prestige of the event by eating dinner on a couch. It is this focus on functionality and design that makes contemporary ottomans and benches embody the modern ideals. In the bedroom, benches and ottomans often end up as a place to sit when getting dressed in the morning (rather than sitting on the edge of your bed) while providing storage either inside or out. Internal storage pieces can offer a good solution for tucking away seasonal bedding, additional pillows, etc., while in many cases ties, belts, and other frequently used clothing items and accessories end up being stacked on top of the bench or ottoman for convenient access. As mentioned previously, contemporary ottomans and benches usually serve the dual purpose of auxiliary seating and a stylish accent piece in the living and family room. So if you are looking to augment the style and functionality of your modern home, contemporary ottomans and benches can be an easy and effective way to do so.

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The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench

The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench

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To some, the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench may seem like a blindingly bright, difficult to match, and all around strange piece that makes you wonder “Who would need something like that?” But to others, this bold and distinctive piece is the perfect way to start or finish a room’s décor. There’s a funny thing about the color orange, people tend to either love or hate it, rather than be somewhere in the middle or just indifferent. Associations for the color orange run the entire gamut, from positive to negative, and familiar to utterly weird. Just do a thought association with the color orange and see what you come up with. Some of the more common associations are traffic signs/cones, “hunter’s orange,” the fruit, cheese, Garfield the cat, tigers, and the sun. Are these associations largely positive or negative? Interestingly, they are virtually all ambiguous, being either neither, both, or completely objective. Take traffic cones, for example; are they positive or negative? Do they imply danger, safety, or traffic? The same with “hunter’s orange,” is it suggesting danger, safety, or fun outdoors? These ambiguous meanings lend a strange and varied understanding to the color. Other colors are usually more agreed upon or universal, such as blue being associated with calm and water, green with nature, and white with purity. But the more ambiguous nature of the color orange makes it a more subjective and malleable color. One thing that can be almost universally agreed up about orange, however, is that it is a BOLD color which is why it is used for things like traffic signs and “hunter’s orange.”

Storage benches are basically the perfect example of hybrid furniture. You can combine the comfort and convenience of a bench, with the storage solution of a chest, without really sacrificing the quality of either aspect. The only time this combination would really be inconvenient, is if something needs to be retrieved from within the bench when it is in use: an unlikely and easily avoidable scenario. Besides that, you’re combining two pieces of furniture into one, saving money and space in your home.

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The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench combines the boldness and ambiguity of orange with the perfect hybrid of a storage bench, to create an altogether incomprehensible peace. Bold ambiguity, an oxymoron in itself, covering perfect balance. That is, the entirely undecipherable color of chaos, coating perfect harmony. It makes no sense! And that’s the wonderful thing about an orange storage bench from a design, style, and home décor stand point: it is difficult to comprehend and digest, and doesn’t give closure. Some people will love it, some people will hate it, it will look amazing in certain arrangements, and appalling in others. In that sense, it is quite a challenge for home decorators. If you can take this piece an implement it into an arrangement where it complements its surroundings while being complemented itself, enhancing the look and atmosphere of a living space, you will be rewarded with and endlessly interesting piece that is also incredibly functional. If you aren’t the type to challenge your inner interior decorator with a wacky challenge, the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench can still be an incredible addition to your living space. A Modern/Contemporary room with lots of blacks and whites, especially zebra stripes, is complemented and complements the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench about as much as piece of furniture can. Other scenarios, such as fiesta-style rooms that take advantage of bright colors of all types, won’t find a brighter orange than this! Coastal of Maritime themed areas can make use of the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench for its relation to the safety orange color of life jackets and flotation devices.

With a savvy and open mind, the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench can be the most distinctive piece in your home, bringing not only an exceptional level of style and “WOW-factor,” but also an exceptionally functional piece. The Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench is a classic example of “big risk, big reward” in the world of home décor. If you can swing it, its a home run. But it won’t be a walk in the park. Go big or go home, as they say! And imagine coming home to this one of a kind piece: the Safavieh Kate Orange Storage Bench!

 

Where does your Inspiration come from?

Where does your Inspiration come from?

Where does your inspiration come from? Where do you look first when it comes to redecorating a room in your home? Many people go to magazines, or Pinterest, or even look to their favorite TV shows! Well, I am no different! Here is a beautiful room I was inspired by, and now you can get it on FurnitureCrate!

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