A Banquette is a long upholstered bench placed against a wall or built into a niche that originated in France in the early 1600′s. Since then they have evolved into a number of personalized styles. Tufted, shaped, simple or complex they are one on my most favorite items to design.
French Country. Chic and simple with a little french country flair this kitchen banquette saves space and adds flair pairing a bold black and white stripe with solid green and patterned floral printed pillows.
Transitional Elegance. A stunning example from Traditional Home Magazine. It is possible to add a contemporary swing on a Traditional backdrop. This tufted tailored banquette is anchored on the stairs in the most beautiful way. Notice the shaped back follows the architecture of the stair case. Simple balusters and railing, walnut planed floors, off white walls and a farm house ceiling detailed with beadboard help create a striking contrast in a subtle way. A fine example of how paying close attention to detail pays off.
Country Chic. The colorful banquet is placed in a much more casual atmosphere. Love the checkerboard floor combined with the minty green table.
Sophisticated Splendor. This velvet upholstered banquette is nestled in textured wonderland. A monochromatic scheme allows each texture to radiate on their own while still playing nice in the sandbox. LOVE IT.
Contemporary Lines. Streamlined, sleek, upholstered and glamorous is how I would describe this banquette. Gorg. This room demanded scale and what a beautiful way of doing it, soaring to the crown moulding. The tufting is simple, the lines sleek and the addition of lit sconces create the feel that this more of a permanent built in rather a simple piece of furniture. I’m the sure the amount of work that went into this creation was intense. “The upholsterer had a difficult time” says Colleen McGill. But clearly worth it in the end.
Till next time…