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Vanity Benches - Decorating Details

Nov 18, 2007
Many of the current trends in home décor are taking us back to the way things used to be. We're going back to a time where every room in the home had a purpose and a number of pieces of furniture had their specific roles to play in completing an overall look. In a bedroom or bathroom vanity area, vanity benches are these pieces of furniture.

With the return to the older styles in décor come the rediscovery of vanity benches in a home. Traditionally they are the place a lady will be while a man is waiting and waiting for her to get ready for a date. But, vanity benches have also branched out in their usefulness and aren't just a place for a lady to finish her makeup and hair. For today's businesswoman vanity benches are also a place to strap into those heels before going out the door, briefcase in hand for the workday.

When you look into vanity benches, there are two ways to go, contemporary or old world.

Contemporary vanity benches go from a very simple style that can be put pretty much anywhere and offer a seating space with little flair, to a chrome legged, red seated modern piece that gets your attention the moment you walk into the room.

If you are looking for old world style in vanity benches there are two ways to go - getting the real thing, or getting a reproduction. Believe it or not, vanity benches are a hot commodity, at least antique ones are. At estate and antique auctions well cared for vanity benches from generations past are pulling in top dollar. If you don't have a lot of cash to spend on this piece of furniture, you can hope that you will happen upon one at a garage sale or in a second-hand shop, but don't count on it. Luckily, when furniture makers see this kind of trend, they want a piece of the action, creating similar reproduction items that you can purchase new.

While you can set up a proper vanity with vanity benches, there are also other ways to use a nice vanity bench in the home. Vanity benches can find a use in almost any room of the house. They are smaller than traditional seating options and can be a perfect addition to a small bedroom that before was lacking a seating space.

If you find exceptionally beautifully decorated vanity benches, they can be a magnificent accent to any room in your house that has a matching décor motif and can replace a not-as-impressive accent chair.

As you watch the fashion trends, home decorating trends, any of the trend markets, you'll notice what comes around goes around then comes back again. This is the case with vanity benches. They were in for a while, went out of style, and as society takes a turn back to a more romantic side of life, the tradition that is vanity benches has come back with it.
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