This bench has a good appearance for your typical laminate furniture. I paired it with a trio of white storage baskets from Overstock that have sort of an Asian look (wish I could provide the URL, but no HTML allowed! Just search on White Storage Baskets), and the overall effect is quite stylish. Be careful with the plastic pegs, though. I whacked one of them a little hard, and it went right through the top surface! By itself, I wouldn't give this more than a 3 star rating, but with the nice-looking white storage baskets, my opinion goes up a star.