For a modern room that’s feeling unfinished, we’ve got some ideas for making things interesting by adding a wood bench to the mix. Why wood? Two reasons: contrast and comfort.
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First, contrast. Wood is often associated with the rustic design style, along with other natural materials like rattan, twigs, plants, shells, and woven fabric. So if you have a sleek contemporary space, a piece of wood furniture will add contrast on many levels. Think of the opposites attracting — weathered and modern, matte and shiny, colored and monochrome, irregular and uniform.
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Next, comfort. Wood benches add warmth and softness to the look of a room, and their practical uses make the space more enjoyable to inhabit. A bench can be a spot to sit, to hold a useful and beautiful object, to hide an unwanted feature or break up a long window … all gracious functions that invite you to relax.
Here are a few of our ideas for introducing a wood bench into your home.
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Warm Up a Modern Room
Very modern spaces, with their black and white, hard edges, shiny chrome, and smooth leather, can feel a bit cold. A natural wood bench, with its organic texture, will soften the modern edge and make a room more welcoming.
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Play Well with Windows
In a room with a large or long window space, you don’t want to block the view with a lot of furniture. Instead, place a long low bench or ledge along the window to extend your living space. If you choose a wood bench, the unobtrusive seating and display space will create a connection with the outdoors.
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Anchor Your Artwork
Hanging artwork on a white wall is a good start for breaking up the severity of a modern room with some color and softness. Finish it off with a wood bench underneath to ground the art and allow for more flexible use of the space.
Add the Thrill of Color
Wood doesn’t have to be neutral. Choose a bright piece like our Bay Dreamer Bench when you want a punch of color and excitement. The Bay Dreamer bridges rustic and modern — its clean lines and square edges are softened by textured tropical boatwood.
Go for Timeless Simplicity
There’s almost nothing simpler than a bench: a long horizontal seat held up by four legs. That shape, which goes back aeons, gives a sense of timelessness to any room. Again, the warmth and age of wood makes a modern space restful and approachable.
You can see from these ideas just how versatile a wood bench can be — at the foot of a bed, behind a sofa, under a window, or along a hallway. Wherever you put it, a bench is sure to welcome you home.
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