I recently ordered a little bench for my foyer. I didn’t pay much for it and did realize that it was not going to be a piece that would rock my decor world. But I liked the simple styling of the little bench and the color and it’s little baskets. When we (and when I say “we” I mean Bobby) put the bench together… now that should have been a hint about it’s quality… it became very evident that this piece did not even meet my minimum standard for something I would want in my home. HOWEVER, I decided to keep the bench and see if I could make it work! Sorta like a design challenge!
Okay, now that I seemingly bashed the little bench I should tell you it’s good points. LOVE the soft black and the baskets and it’s the perfect size. It’s also just what I wanted. A utilitarian piece that would give someone a seat to put on a pair of shoes or a great resting place for my friend’s purses. Do your friend’s leave their purses in your foyer like mine?
This little piece really got me thinking…
So, what do you do when you have a piece of furniture that is inexpensive or worn or not up to snuff and you have to live with it?
Actually, there is a whole lot!
1. STYLE IT
Put something pretty on or around a “less than best” piece to disguise it! A little bit of pretty can go a long long way!
My first thought was to style my little bench! I added a cute pillow and a small throw and a stack of burlap covered books. Like putting lipstick on a pig!
2. PAINT IT… UPHOLSTER IT… UPSCALE IT
Painting a “less than blessed” piece would be my first, go-to suggestion. A little bit of paint works wonders!!! Perfectly transformational. The same goes for upholstering or slipcovering a fabric piece.
The great soft black is one of the things my little bench has going for it so it didn’t need to be painted! I am going to add a little fabric seat to the bench at some point.
3. MIX IT UP… MIX IT IN!
Mix your “less than amazing” pieces with ones you love. Mixing the great and the stylish with the just okay works like magic. I love to mix high end pieces with economical ones.
Mixing up decor and price points makes for a fabulous look! Warm, inviting and your room looks like it has evolved. We all love that look!
My little black bench mixes right in with the rest of my decor.
4. REPEAT A COLOR OR THEME
Nothing pulls a room together and makes the “less than fabulous” pieces look great like repetition! Choose a color, like the black in the foyer to make everything look cohesive!
Or, choose to repeat a design element, like burlap or a great pattern to make a room work.
This “less than what I really wanted” little black bench turned out to be quite a blessing in disguise… literally! It has taught me that sometimes a sow’s ear is really a silk purse… even if you have to make it that way yourself!
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