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Decor Essentials: How to Decorate with Ottomans

Ottomans are a wonderful addition to a living space or even a bedroom. A simple ottoman is multi-functional and can be used as added seating, a surface for decor or a comfy stool. Here we share some fun ways to decorate your ottoman with Decor Essentials 

Keep it simple

An ottoman on its own is already a statement decor item. So, without overdoing it, it is important to keep it simple and sleek and let it blend into the overall design of your room. When not in use, be sure to position your ottoman within easy reach if needed. As a versatile furniture piece, you can use your contemporary ottoman as a coffee table, as a storage item or even as a footstool.

Be sure to consider its placement and how your ottoman will fit into the room. Various shapes and sizes are available and you should select your ottoman based on how it will function in your room. Ensure that it complements your existing furniture and particularly your couch.

Add a tray

Style your ottoman with a tray or two. This is an easy way to add items and keep them contained. A few books, a potted plant or even a vase are ideally placed on a tray. These can also be moved with ease if needed. Furthermore, topping an ordinary ottoman with a tray creates an additional layer of character to your home.

Add a personal touch

Display a photo frame or some personal mementoes to your ottoman for a unique touch. In a family living room, this is also a welcome addition to your space to share personal items. Create balance by pairing your favourite photos with souvenirs, sculptural pieces and family heirlooms.

Turn it into a side table

Use your ottoman to serve up tea or cocktails. A tray is a great base to add a sturdy surface to your ottoman. Next, add a teapot and place next to the sofa. Be sure that your tray has ample space to allow guests to place down their drinks and plates.

Change it up seasonally

As a transitional item in your living room, you can change up your ottoman to suit the season. Throughout winter, use decor and textiles to bring a warm and cosy ambience to your living room. Furthermore, in the cooler seasons, you could also add a few candles to keep the warmth inside. In summer, the opposite is true. Keep it cool and fresh with a vase of blooms or something bright.

Add a throw

Give your ottoman a more elegant and lived-in look by draping it with a textured throw. A shaggy or furry throw are ideal choices to bring a textural dimension to your space.

In the end, styling your ottoman will come down to personal choice. Be sure to choose accessories you love and create your own special look.


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