You’ve probably noticed these whimsical, slightly Bohemian, tuffet-like pieces popping up in stores and home magazines in the past few years, but have you considered introducing a pouf (or pouffe) into your home? Used for ages as low seating and accent tables in Morocco, soft-sided poufs are available in endless color choices and patterns, and come covered in every type of material — from silk to cowhide.
Poufs also have been glorified in vintage Hollywood films where they provided seating at elaborate vanities.
And while you could spend hundreds of dollars on hand-embroidered leather poufs made in Morocco, there’s no need. Shop around and you can snap up an accent pouf for around $100. Beware, however, that some poufs sold online come without stuffing.
Think of a pouf as a pop of color in just about any room in your house.
They’re ideal for nurseries, as extra side tables in your living room or a foot stool in the den. You can even group them, place a serving tray on top, and end up with a clever makeshift coffee table. Note that if you do use your pouf as a table, make sure that it’s firm enough to handle any weight you might place on it, without wobbling.
Poufs fit into any decorating style.
Old Bengali patch pouf ottoman, $149.95, from Pier 1 Imports, measures 24 inches in diameter by 11 inches high. It offers a casual quilted look from Indian textiles and sari fabric.
This cozy Threshold cable knit pouf, $49.99 from Target, boasts a 100-percent wool exterior and measures 14 inches high by 20 inches wide. However, if you have cats, you might want to steer clear of this tempting over-sized ball of yarn. Available in blue or purple.
Poufs provide just the right dose of color in a monochromatic room.
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