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Why Every Space Needs a Garden Stool

Why Every Space Needs a Garden Stool
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Garden stools aren’t just for gardens, and they serve as more than stools. Available in a vast range of colors, patterns, and silhouettes, these multitasking marvels can bring versatility and verve to just about any space, indoors or out. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the examples below…

The white Kelly garden stool shown above makes for a pristine addition to just about any bathroom. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

The white Kelly garden stool shown above makes for a pristine addition to just about any bathroom. Photo by Lesley Unruh.

In the Bathroom

Placed beside the tub, a garden stool lets you keep everything from towels to your bath-time book close at hand. And because garden stools are made of ceramic, porcelain, or fiberglass to withstand the elements, they can certain stand up to the dampness of a bathroom. In fact, you can place one right in your shower to hold shampoo and the like if you’re short on storage.

The nontraditional silhouette of the Totem stool adds to the eclectic nature of the above bedroom. Photo by Cheng Lin.

The nontraditional silhouette of the Totem stool adds to the eclectic nature of the above bedroom. Photo by Cheng Lin.

As a Bedside Table

A garden stool is an ideal substitute for a nightstand in a small bedroom (or if you don’t need or want to keep too many items beside your bed). When opting for a garden stool as bedside table, consider using sconces as bedside lighting so that you don’t have to rest a table lamp on the stool. Or do as designer Alex Papachristidis did below: Use a garden stool as an addition to your nightstand.

In addition to the classic style shown above, vintage garden stools come in shapes ranging from koi fish to elephants. Photo by Lesley Unruh; design by Alex Papachristidis.

In addition to the classic style shown above, vintage garden stools come in shapes ranging from koi fish to elephants. Photo by Lesley Unruh; design by Alex Papachristidis.

As a Coffee Table

An armchair plus a garden stool makes an ideal reading nook, and garden stools flanking a settee or a sofa provide a spot for resting drinks or the remote control. Two or three placed near one another can also work as a coffee table, one with even more flexibility than nesting tables—after all, you probably wouldn’t use a nesting table as additional seating or a footrest.

These garden stools can serve as extensions of the coffee table—or as footrests or seating. Photo by Laura Resen; design by Stacie Flinner.

These garden stools can serve as extensions of the coffee table—or as footrests or seating. Photo by Laura Resen; design by Stacie Flinner.

When tucked beneath an entryway console, a garden stool can be a repository for your bag or keys when it’s not being otherwise used. Photo by Tony Vu; design by Andrew Stewart.

When tucked beneath an entryway console, a garden stool can be a repository for your bag or keys when it’s not being otherwise used. Photo by Tony Vu; design by Andrew Stewart.

As Stealth Assets

Thanks to their compact proportions, garden stools don’t have to be front and center. You can tuck them into a corner or slip them beneath a console where they can quietly bide their time until you need them.

On the color wheel, orange sits opposite blue, which makes this Morris garden stool and the orange-stripe cushions the perfect complement to this lakeside scene. Photo by Mark Weinberg; design by One Kings Lane Interior Design.

On the color wheel, orange sits opposite blue, which makes this Morris garden stool and the orange-stripe cushions the perfect complement to this lakeside scene. Photo by Mark Weinberg; design by One Kings Lane Interior Design.

As a Spot of Color

Want to introduce a color into a neutral space or dip your toe into playing with pattern? Start with a garden stool. Again, their diminutive size ensures that a stool in even the boldest color or the most audacious pattern won’t overwhelm a room.

 

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Stashed beneath a console, these Kylin garden stools bring chinoiserie chic and a splash of blue into an otherwise neutral area. Photo by Lesley Unruh; design by Paloma Contreras.

Stashed beneath a console, these Kylin garden stools bring chinoiserie chic and a splash of blue into an otherwise neutral area. Photo by Lesley Unruh; design by Paloma Contreras.

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