A sturdy wood bench may have humble beginnings, but this simple piece of furniture is often the perfect solution to décor dilemmas. With a little dressing up, the humble bench becomes a beautiful and practical accent piece. Inside, a bench can be a spot to take off your shoes, provide extra seating for dinner, or serve as an impromptu table. Outside, they’re a place to stop and rest for a moment. A bench can change the way a space feels and functions; it can fill up an empty wall, or transform an awkward window or corner into something beautiful.