Once, not so very long ago, every self-respecting home proudly boasted at least a pair of footstools. Let’s face it. After walking around in those awful boots and shoes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, you’d really need to put your feet up for a while. With the advent of more modern furnishings in the latter part of the twentieth century, however, the footstool fell out of favor. Today, I’m happy to report that these old-fashioned stools and their first cousins, ottomans, are once again the rage in home decorating accessories.
Footstools can be purchased to match a chair, often being sold with the chair itself as part of a set. Or, if you are up to the decorative challenge, you can find one on its on and match the two up yourself. Of course, there is no hard and fast rule about a particular footstool going with a certain chair. Color and general style, however, should be taken into account before putting them together. In some instances, people use one footstool and move it around as needed, necessitating a plain style, while others opt to provide a stool for each of the room’s primary chairs.
Whatever style, choose a footstool that is sturdily constructed and that is heavily padded enough that your feet will enjoy their respite. Also, don’t choose one that is too low for putting the feet up, nor so high as to make the situation uncomfortable. The height of the footstool being just even with or very slightly higher than the seat of the chair is a good rule.
With today’s footstools upholstered in many materials and colors, decorators enjoy a wide range of options when choosing one for a particular room. In fact, the biggest challenge might be limiting the number, since they seem to go well in almost every sort of décor.