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Ottoman Ideas to Add Pizzazz to Your Home Decor

Time:2018-07-28 08:52:00Clicks: 302 Font size:T|T

Ottoman ideas may be that extra something your home decor is crying out for, whether you need a pop of color, some extra storage space, or just a place to prop your weary feet. Also known as a pouf, hassock, or tuffet, this squat 'n' serviceable accessory can pump up your look in most rooms of the house. Interior designers love to recommend these nifty pieces for their versatility and flair.

Ottomans were imported to Europe from Turkey in the 1700s, during the height of the (wait for it) Ottoman Empire. Moroccan ottomans, often stitched in leather with a geometric pattern, are probably the best known style, and have flooded many design schemes, including boho chic, cozy country, and modern.

Ottomans work well in TV rooms, dens, and bedrooms, says Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors. Choose sturdy fabrics for these spaces, such as tweed, leather, or all-weather Sunbrella.

"I love ottomans made from rugs, because the material is so durable, and many companies are now willing to make them from carpets in their lines," says Sara Chiarilli, an interior designer with Artful Conceptions in Tampa, FL.

Use them in front of a fireplace, in a game room, library, or reading nook.

Photo by The Cross Interior Design

Metallic shades such as silver, gold, and bronze can serve as accent colors—and an ottoman is the perfect accent vehicle.

"I would stick a pair of metallic poufs in a modern living room or master bedroom," says Bly. And if you can find taller ones, they look particularly glamorous under tall windows.

Cozy fur is another accent option, especially for the living room or guest bedroom. In addition to providing a luxurious texture, you can also choose a bold color to punch up the room's color palette.

"I won't cover my walls in bright orange, but I could definitely live with an ottoman in that color," says Julie Coraccio, an organizing expert at Reawaken Your Brilliance, in Raleigh, NC.

"You can also stash ottomans under a glass coffee table, where they'll make a design statement when not in use," suggests Bly.

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