By Alicia Guerin. Ottoman Design. Published at Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 - 15:20:13 PM.
There are many different shapes and sizes of ottomans on the market these days. Usually covered with fabric and often sold as a piece of a sofa set, the ottoman is often used as a footstool or as a surface for placing books or other objects on. They definitely add to the decor of a room and are very handy when it comes to resting your feet after a long and tiring day, however they can also be extremely practical pieces of furniture as well, when it comes to providing extra storage. Ottoman trays are sometimes set on top of the ottoman, providing a more secure and stable surface for placing cups and glasses.
Ottoman footstools have a long established heritage in the field of interior design, stretching back through over four hundred years of design history. Originating from Turkish familial seating, the modern ottoman became a common furniture piece from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, as it quickly became popular in Paris and London. More recently, ottoman footstools have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity when paired with contemporary modern sofas, so just how did such a traditional and basic item of furniture become so influential in the field of interior design?.
Buying an ottoman with some sort of storage space included is really a great idea as it gives you the opportunity to quickly tidy the room when guests unexpectedly arrive. It also provides you with space where odd items that do not really belong in any other area can be safely stowed until they are no longer needed. You can also designate drawers for storing keys, shoe polishing supplies or remote controls.
If you are considering adding an ottoman to your room set, your primarily consideration should be to closely coordinate the style of the piece with your existing furniture and the general look and feel of the room. Ultimately, ottomans are home accessories, so you should take care when selecting a new piece to contemplate the existing design principles which guide your room design. Depending on whether you prefer a classic or contemporary look, a variety of fabric options, colours and styles are available which should prove well suited to your space. However, if you can't find want you are looking for when browsing the high street, you may wish to consult with an interior designer who will be well placed to advise with an objective eye on what will look best in your room.
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