WHAT AaRE POUFFS AND FOOTSTOOLS USED FOR?
Contrary to popular belief, pouffes and footstools are about so much more than simply putting your feet up - if it were just about that, we'd pile up some coffee table books and pop a cushion on top. No, in reality, these small pieces of furniture are highly adaptable and effortlessly versatile, meaning they tend to work well in any room in the house, utilised in any number of guises.
Of course there is always the traditional function; sitting on the sofa and propping your feet on a footstool. Sometimes though, using furniture in a unique way can really enhance your home. For example, large footstools are great for doubling up as small tables. Short on seating for the kids? They'll fit perfectly on to small footstools. They can also become somewhat ornamental. If you have a chest of drawers and wish to arrange things on top, a footstool can be used to give height to a display. (Try it - you might like it.)
In other ideas, you can always use footstools in the garden. Paint it, pop plants on it. Whatever takes your fancy. This can be a fantastic way to add some character to your garden, enhance your flower displays - it can even double up as a gardening seat for you (or your gnomes) to sit on.
But what about pouffes? Well, given that these come in the form of soft furnishings, their purpose tends to be more mainstream; rest your feet or use as casual, comfortable seating for guest. They do, however, tend to be on the decorative side, presented in gorgeous fabrics and textures. For this reason alone, they are a worthy addition to any room, ideal for adding splashes of colour, or simply something attractive for guests to compliment. Let's face it - who doesn't love a compliment?
WHAT MATERIALS, COLOURS AND STYLES ARE HABITAT FOOTSTOOLS AND POUFFES AVAILABLE IN?
Which brings us to the many variations we offer at Habitat. How about a knitted pouffe? These are great at adding a bohemian touch to any room; there's something very seventies-style about them. Floor cushions and beanbags can also be part of the pouffe family, for they can essentially play exactly the same role should you choose to take advantage of this. We also offer footstools that hold compartments for storage - funny how little things can be useful in such a big way. Round or square, we offer many different sizes in pouffes, so you've got plenty options to play with. From the circular perspective, round, soft furniture looks fantastic when placed in the middle of the room due to the lack of awkward angles and low-level design.
Back to the boho vibe, the Habitat collection encompasses fabric or sheepskin designs, while our velvet and leather footstools are on hand to offer a touch of luxe. When it comes to colour, we recommend considering your current decor. Do you want the pouffe or footstool to stand out, or blend in? Grey and blue are shades that will play perfectly into any contemporary colour scheme, while brown is ideal for those who love earthy tones. If bold and vibrant is more your look, then purples and red will add statement pops of colour. For something more classic, you can't go wrong with black.
They may be a small addition to your home, but there's a lot to think about. When considering the style and size to go for, think about the space in the room. If you wish to use the footstool or pouffe as traditionally intended, think about the height of your sofa, then check the dimensions on the product description page. After all, no point in buying a footstool if it sits so low your feet are practically on the floor.
WHAT OTHER ACCESSORIES CAN YOU USE TO COMPLETE THE LOOK?
As we stated earlier, this small piece of furniture can work well to elevate your room - but what you choose to surround it with can also play a huge part. If you do select a footstool that's striking in design, perhaps with a bright colour or standout print, then why not sit it alongside a floor lamp. Come evening, you can illuminate it elegantly with a warm glow.
Given that the footstool or pouffe can enhance comfort, it makes sense to think about what else you can incorporate to create a comfortable space. Cushions, rugs and throws can all serve to create an inviting room, not to mention a handy way of adding in extra prints, colours and patterns, particularly helpful if you enjoy an eclectic look and feel.
And here's a little tip to inspire you: where space allows, invest in a pair of pouffes or footstools. On the practical side, it gives more people the option of employing the use of a footstool, but on the aesthetic side, this also create a sense of symmetry, in turn enhancing the feeling of calm and balance within your home.