Ottomans have been a staple in many homes for centuries now. One reason this furnishing remains popular is the number of ways it can be styled. The following are five styling options a person might want to try.
Add a Tray
Place a tray on top of the comfy large ottoman to add texture to the room. Once the tray is in place, put a few decorative pieces on top to add visual interest. As the pieces can be changed regularly, the room will always have a fresh look.
Match the tray shape to the ottoman shape for the most appeal. Oversized ottomans may benefit from multiple trays of different shapes and sizes. The trays might also be of coordinating or complementary materials.
Books and Magazines
The average American reads 12 books a year. Showcase these books by placing them on the ottoman and adding in a magazine or two. Visitors to the home will see the books and may ask about them. They serve as an excellent conversation opener. Once this conversation begins, the person who owns the ottoman might find they have a few books they now want to read.
However, don’t place 12 books on the ottoman. Limit it to three or four books and ensure they blend with the other decor in the room. While the books can make an excellent centerpiece, they only do so when they don’t disrupt the overall harmony of the room.
Once the books are in place, consider adding to them for more visual interest. Set a candle on top of the books, although this candle should never be lit while sitting there. Another option is to place a picture frame on the stack of books. This picture might also serve as a conversation piece.
Use a Throw to Style the Ottoman
Make any room more welcoming by placing a throw on top of an ottoman. This throw ties the room together and makes people want to sit and stay a while. The same throw is of great benefit on nights when it is chilly. A person may use it to warm up.
Choose fabric that contrasts with the ottoman. For example, combine a woolen throw with a leather ottoman or a velvet throw with a fabric hassock. Doing so brings texture to the room without overwhelming the decor.
Invest in a Slipcover
Change the look of the ottoman by investing in a slipcover. Alter the look of the room as the seasons change by updating this slipcover. Choose a festive slipcover for the holidays and opt for a plain color for the summer months. This simple change can make a major difference in the way the room looks and feels.
Lay decorative cushions on the ottoman to provide it with a finished look. They add to the visual appeal of the footrest by incorporating texture and color. Use the pattern to bring together the colors of the room. On the other hand, cushions in neutral colors won’t compete with other design elements, so this option should also be considered.
An ottoman is an excellent addition to any room. Thanks to the many styling options, this is one furnishing that will never look tired and stale. A person can use their own approach when styling the piece and have it look great at all times. Try these techniques today and see how they transform the room.