Decorating with stools

Humble stools have not only become the on-trend accessory to have in your home, they’re also multitasking as useful side tables and extra seating in living rooms, patios, bedrooms and bathrooms

1. The milking-style stool

milking-style stool

To make the most of a fashionable free-standing bath, it’s important to have somewhere to put toiletries and towels so that they’re close at hand. In this bathroom, designed by Tamsin Snyman and built by Chris Gurney, the tap and bath mixer have been built into a column against the sandstone wall which offers some surface space. For towels and other essentials, a milking-style stool with a woven top has been brought into service.

2. The rustic stool

rustic stool
Layering is very big in decor at the moment and this rustic stool housed under another table is a perfect example. On the practical side, the stool can be pulled out for use as extra seating, a foot rest or to provide a surface for books and drinks. Interior design by Ruth Duke Interiors.

3. The tree-trunk stool

tree-trunk stool

When choosing stools keep in mind where they’ll be stored most of the time. The organic style of these tree trunk stools complements this Roger Horrocks painting perfectly. Extra seating never looked so good! Interior design by Ruth Duke Interiors.

4. The painted stool

painted stool

A collection of log stools adds an interesting design element to this mod living room; the tops have been left raw but the sides have been painted in different colours. They’ve been grouped together as an alternative to a conventional coffee table, but can be moved around to provide useful surfaces wherever they’re needed. Interior design by Antoni Associates.

5. The ceramic stool

ceramic stool

Used as side tables, these glossy ceramic stools add a punch of colour to this stylish living area, while their classic style adds a smooth contrast to the contemporary look. Interior design by Ruth Duke Interiors.

6. The woven stool

 woven stool

The great thing about stools is that they are both decorative and functional, plus they don’t take up much space. Stored neatly under this console table, these woven grass examples contribute to the overall composition created by the table and mirror. Interior design by Ruth Duke Interiors.