8 Ottomans You Didn't Know You Needed

Kick off your heels and take a seat, because things are about to get comfy. 

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In my opinion, few pieces of furniture can compete with an ottoman. Comfortable enough to sit on, stylish enough to complete a room and versatile enough to provide extra storage, this Little Seat That Could is the ultimate addition to any space. (Did I mention that it's comfortable? That’s a huge bonus.)

At the end of the day, all you want to do is put your feet up and relax. Now there’s an ottoman for that. Here are 8 you didn’t know you needed until now.   

1: The Faux-Fur Throw

Eclectic Living Room With Leather Sofa

Eclectic Living Room With Leather Sofa

This eclectic living room mixes styles, textures and patterns. A chesterfield leather sofa is among the many seating options along with Art Deco chairs. The ottomans with animal legs and faux fur add a unique touch to the space.

Photo by: Drew Kelly

Drew Kelly

To add texture to your space, choose an ottoman with a stylish faux-fur cover like these two from Antonio Martins. Your guests will be eager to take a seat on something so soft and cozy.

2: The Unexpected Edge

Formal Dining Room Converts to Eclectic Home Office and Kids' Hangout

Formal Dining Room Converts to Eclectic Home Office and Kids' Hangout

This rarely-used formal dining room had no real purpose for this family, but once it was transformed to usable space, the room took on new life as a home office and lounging area. There is even space for out-of-town guests should the need arise. The white walls and furnishings offer a unified, clean decor and allow the eclectic group of photographs and art on the wall to become the focal point for the room.

In a bedroom with white walls, furniture and accents, a metallic ottoman shines and makes a big statement. For an even bolder look, go with an ottoman that has a surprising design, like these two dice-shaped pieces.

3: The Sweet Sides

The Power of Abstract

The Power of Abstract

Artwork is just as much the focal point as the mix of furniture styles in this eclectic seating area. A quadrant of bright abstract art coordinates with the dove gray sofa and lavender occasional chair without being matchy-matchy. A scattering of details personalizes the space: a collection of favorite vinyl records and an acoustic guitar.

Photo by: Claire Paquin

Claire Paquin

Why choose one ottoman when you could have two? Take a page out of designer Claire Paquin's book and pair identical pillow-topped pieces to balance your living room and tie the space together. 

4: The Resourceful Table

Eclectic Navy Blue Living Room with Mirror Collage

Eclectic Navy Blue Living Room with Mirror Collage

Designer SuzAnn Kletzien's client requested a starburst mirror in the design plan, so Kletzien positioned a starburst mirror collage on a navy accent wall in the living room. She also reupholstered an egg chair in a deep blue velvet fabric and had a custom ottoman built with a removable tray in the center for drinks and snacks.

Photo by: SuzAnn Kletzien

SuzAnn Kletzien

The ottoman's versatile nature doesn't stop there, either; this functional piece of furniture can also conveniently serve as a coffee table. SuzAnn Kletzien's design comes with a removable tray for carrying drinks and other necessities.  

5: The Bedside Bohemian

Bright Master Bedroom With Bohemian Design Features

Bright Master Bedroom With Bohemian Design Features

This master bedroom benefits from hand-painted blue and white ombré walls features an ethereal design scheme, including chic, Bohemian features like the floral curtains and brass pendant lights. Vintage mirrors hang above the neutral tufted headboard, while two plush orange upholstered ottomans sit at the foot of the bed.

Photo by: SuzAnn Kletzien

SuzAnn Kletzien

Whether you dwell in a Craftsman or a tiny apartment, you'll definitely want this clever design by SuzAnn Kletzien in your bedroom. Place two plush ottomans at the foot of the bed and instantly make your space feel large and luxurious. 

6: The Simply Sophisticated

Wall Art On Stone Walls

Wall Art On Stone Walls

If simple is more your style, choose a minimalist-friendly piece like this round ottoman from designer Andreas Charalambous. Oversized and covered in durable black leather, an ottoman like this is perfect for lounging.

7: The Nontraditional

Contemporary Living Room With Cowhide Rug

Contemporary Living Room With Cowhide Rug

Grey grasscloth wallpaper adds texture to the walls of this contemporary living room, as seen on HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist. The floor color was matched to the walls, allowing the white sofas and bookcase to pop along with a matching cowhide rug.

From: Secrets From a Stylist

To give your living room a carefully collected look, repurpose an antique trunk into a new, nontraditional ottoman. Bonus: the piece comes with built-in storage space. 

8: The Weatherproof

Contemporary Patio With Green Ottomans

Contemporary Patio With Green Ottomans

On this chic patio, green shag ottomans are a playful nod to the lush grass lawn nearby. Pull one up to the fire pit and toast the start of cocktail hour.

Photo by: Scott Hargis Photography

Scott Hargis Photography

Need more seating on the patio? Want to inch closer to the firepit without moving the whole sofa? With two weatherproof ottomans like these lush accents from designer Holly Bender, your life will become much easier. 

Instantly Make Your Small Space Feel Larger

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Bulk Be Gone

In small spaces, it's important to avoid bulky furniture. Designer Jenna Pizzigati created the sleek feel of this New York City apartment by opting for furnishings with thin legs and open bottoms.

Add a Rug

A light-colored rug can really open up a room. Cover dark wood flooring, or try placing an area rug over carpet for a cozy, layered look. Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

Spice It Up

Just because your living room is small doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fun. Use bright colors and cool graphics to add interest to the space. Just be sure to limit your palette to two or three colors for a look that’s exciting but not overwhelming. Design by Andrew Suvalsky

Spatial Reasoning

Small-space dwellers know that in order to make the most of the space you have, you need to take advantage of every nook and cranny. Vertical space is especially useful. Add a few shelves, and watch what was once awkward space be transformed into useful storage. Design by RMS user kcuringa

Be Bold

Don’t be afraid to use dark colors, even in a small space. Lighter colors might make the room feel larger, but deeper hues add drama and style. If you do opt for a dark paint color, be sure to choose a satin or semigloss finish that will reflect light in the room. Extra tip: Window treatments can weigh down a small living room. Leave windows bare to keep your space light and airy. Design by Homepolish

Multipurpose Furniture

Get more bang for your design buck by choosing furniture pieces that do double duty. For example, the bar cart featured here is not only the ideal spot to store bar essentials, it also works as an innovative side table, housing a lamp, books and other belongings.

Just White

This mini cabin in the woods is packed full of homey decorations and other knickknacks, but the cohesive color scheme lends a calming, organized look to the tiny living room. White is a great color choice for reflecting light and adding visual space.

Optical Illusions

To draw the eye upward and create the look of extra space, hang curtains from the ceiling rather than directly above windows. In this living area, glass tables also trick the eye and make the room appear more spacious, while the built-in shelf adds much-needed storage.

Photo By: Trevor Tondro

Scale It Down

Nothing shrinks a room faster than large-scale, overstuffed furniture. To make your petite space seem just right, choose smaller furniture that fits the room. The two-seater seen here works perfectly in the tiny NYC apartment. And instead of a bulky coffee table, two end tables lend plenty of storage and can be easily moved for more space.

Mirror Image

A well-placed mirror (or three) can work wonders in a small space. Not only are they decorative in nature, but a perfectly situated mirror can also add dimension and pull in extra light. Design by Erinn Valencich

From: Erinn Valencich

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