Adding decorative hardware to cabinets and drawers gives a designer-knowledgeable style to a cube storage bench. Knobs, drawers and handles can easily be replaced to reflect the current home decor. Shiny metal knobs, handles and drawers are ideal for the modern, contemporary style. Ceramics or wood hardware reflects cottage and country decor.
Large braided baskets provide attractive storage for a bench with an open surface underneath. Putting a compartmentalized divider into an open storage space keeps items neatly organized. Laying hooks above a storage bench in a mudroom provides a comfortable place to hang jackets, sweaters, bags, wallets and coats. Put a coordinating scatter mat in front of a porch bench to put wet shoes and boots. Install decorative breadboard on the wall behind a storage bench to give a country or cottage atmosphere.
Consider painting a built-in storage bench, such as a window seat, to give it a fresh, new look. White color enhances a country or cottage decor as well as a black-and-white modern color palette. Neutral black, brown or beige color complements traditional style. Bold, bright colors, such as lime green, purple passion or juicy orange, give energy to a window seat in a teen room. The painful edges of a window seat by lightly rubbing it with sandpaper provide a rustic, rustic look found in Tuscan or cottage decor