While shopping for a client, I spied this pretty oversized ottoman. At 5′ x 3′ and covered in a kilim rug, it would really make a statement in a room. It reminded me of the ottoman used in the living room of House of Windsor. LOVE this space- just enough mix of neutrals, pattern and color.
These type of ottomans are great for a family room. The pattern is stain-forgiving, they are comfy, and they give a big surface area for drinks, books and pretties. I enjoy a coffee table that is styled to the nines, but isn’t it great if it’s functional too? As Deborah Needleman says, we should “make places for books drinks and feet.” (Thanks Ashley!)
Needleman‘s Coffee table
If a big bold pattern is too much risk for you, don’t fret, an ottoman can be equally stylish in a solid. Choosing an interesting shape is key with solids, as Windsor Smith so keenly demonstrates below.
Or play up the texture of your ottoman. I’ve long obsessed over this beautiful jute cube by Ken Fulk.
When it comes to ottomans, sometimes bigger is better. (And I rarely say that about furniture- especially about sofas.) Play with the scale and let it be the focal point in the room. Just make sure there is enough room to maneuver around it.
Ottomans are a great custom element in a room (and not too expensive.) I’m using one in a family room design and I love the flexibility it gives us. We pick the size and the fabric and my furniture-maker will whip one up. So excited to see the finished product!