Ceramic Garden Stool Styling Ideas

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Ten ceramic garden stool styling ideas. They aren’t just for outdoors anymore! Garden stools are budget-friendly and perfect for a small space.

ceramic garden stool styling ideas

I know some of us are at the stage in life where we really don’t want any more stuff…but sometimes all it takes is one new addition to a room to freshen the look and perk up the decor. That’s exactly what this ivory ceramic garden stool did for our living room.

Most of us are not able to change the large design elements of our decor very often, but it’s easy to introduce something small and portable…like this cute little stool. I’ve wanted a garden stool for a long time, and now that I know how easy they are to incorporate into a room’s decor, I may just get a couple more!

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A ceramic garden stool is a budget-friendly decor item and finding the perfect one is super easy. They come in a wide array of colors and designs, so you can definitely find one that reflects your personal style. They add curves and softness when placed beside a square or straight piece of furniture.

They can also be used both indoors and out. Adding a garden stool to your porch or patio is a great way to make this savvy decor accessory do double-duty.

Garden Stool Styling Ideas

You don’t need much to style a garden stool. A few simple accessories and a few minutes are all it takes to finish off the look. Here are my three favorite ways:

#1 Top with books and a seasonal item.

bunny vase with tulips on blue books

#2 Top with a large book and vessel of flowers.

ceramic garden stool topped with book and flowers

#3 Top with a tray and accessories.

ceramic garden stool beside blue chair

These stools can be used in just about every area of the home. Use one, or use a matching set to really make a statement. Because they are ceramic, these stools add shine, texture, and interest to any space. Even though my garden stool is neutral in color, it adds a pop of shine to that end of the room by reflecting the light.

10 Ways to Use a Ceramic Garden Stool

I don’t have my own pictures that show all the ideas listed below. I was able to find some perfect examples on Pinterest, so I’ve added links to the individual pins where appropriate. It never ceases to amaze me what can be found on Pinterest!

  • Place as an end table. (See one HERE.)
  • Use in a bathroom topped with a basket of towels.
  • Paired under a long sofa table. (See an example HERE.)
  • Paired at the end of a bed. (See an example HERE.)
  • Paired in front of a sofa. (Make sure the stools have a flat top.)
  • Use inside a large, walk-in shower. (This is totally unexpected, but I just love the idea. See one HERE.)
  • Use on a deck or patio for a side table.
  • Use as a bedside table.
  • Use in a walk-in closet. (I don’t have a walk-in closet, but if I did, I think a garden stool would be the perfect place to sit and put on a pair of shoes!)
  • Use anywhere as pull-up extra seating.

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My stool | blue flowered pillow cover | linen pillow cover | bunny vase | blue slipper chair | round galvanized tray | area rug |

Shopping Guide

I’ve put together a small collection of garden stools for you to wander through. If you don’t find something you like, just visit one of these links for a bigger selection:

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  1. Raylene DeSanto says:

    Love, love, love your round wicker table/stool. May I ask where you bought it? My open main area of coastal and it would be perfect next to my hubby’s recliner. Thanks much!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Do you mean the one in this post? It’s a ceramic stool and here is the link: https://amzn.to/2U2tL7z My apologies for the delay in answering. Thank you for your patience!

  2. Hi there,
    I use garden stools in my home as mini cocktail tables by adding a larger glass top. Those clear bumpers do the trick to balance any convex tops of the stools as well as keep the glass in place.
    Love these little workhorses! :)

  3. Thanks for the ideas and links. A few more:
    – use as a plant stand
    – use 2 different designs or shapes in same color next to matching chairs
    – Make it flex, position it to use as either a drink stand or extra seating
    – use as a small table base

  4. claudia bassano says:

    Bought a white one at Michaels!
    Perfect next to rocker in baby’s nursery
    Just the right size for a bottle and phone and a few nighttime stories!

  5. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    Ann, thanks so much for talking about garden stools. I have a couple but don’t feel good about what I set on them. I like all the vignettes you show here. Great post!

  6. KittyLuvr says:

    Great ideas on unique ways to use my gardening stools. I have an orange one used as a side table in an antique bedroom, topped with books and a beautiful brass turtle. My white stool occupies a small wall space in the living room. I have a tall narrow piece of art perched on it leaning against the wall. That actually happened by accident but I love it now!

  7. Doreen lo says:

    Love garden stools.I have a bronze metal one on my front porch in between 2 wicker chairs.If you have a small space they fit in perfectly.Yours looks adorable in your living room.

  8. jeannette says:

    I love these garden stools as you can use them so many ways. I just wish they were less expensive here in Canada!

  9. Love your garden stool. May order the same in gray for our family room. I have a white garden stool in a guest room for the bedside and a blue one in the living room with a tray on top housing several house decor books.

  10. I’ve been thinking of adding one to our patio this summer . Great idea to bring back in in the winter,thanks for ideas.

  11. In the shower and walk in closets are great ideas I hadn’t thought of. Thanks!

  12. One of my best yard sale finds were two blue and white Chinese patterned ceramic stools. The price for both was under $20. I use them as an end table and a plant stand in my living room which has a lot of blue . Love ,love them.l
    Thinking of getting another for our family room but will never find a bargain like that.
    Enjoying some spring like temps here in N.C. Outside I go,😁