By Valeria Pruett. Ottoman Design. Published at Monday, April 23rd, 2018 - 22:19:43 PM.
Broadly speaking, ottomans are now primarily sold either as small cubes, curved tubs or rectangular full-size upholstered pieces. Over many years of development, these three styles appear to be the most popular with interior designs and the general public. Each size and style has its own unique place when it comes to positioning and placement in the modern day living room. Smaller ottomans tend to be used as substitutes for footstools room sets featuring multiple items. By contrast larger-sized ottomans fulfil a completely different function both as a centrepiece and substitute for the traditional coffee table.
Ottomans can also provide much needed additional seating for your children. Because they are smaller than a standard armchair or sofa they can fit perfectly in a child's room and most children will love sitting on them. You can brighten up the colours of your ottoman by purchasing separate loose covers or simply request them to be upholstered in specific child-friendly colours and materials to match their bedrooms. It's worth also choosing a material that is easy to wash if you are buying an ottoman for your child!
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.
Curved ottomans are actually slightly out of fashion currently although they can still work extremely well in the right setting. Due to their shape, it's not advisable to combine rounded ottomans with linear furniture as this will create a slightly uncouth aesthetic. Instead, opt for a curved piece only in circumstances where you are working with a curvature as part of the existing look, either from the sofa or room itself. Ultimately, an ottoman has to accentuate the existing look by following pre-established design principles as otherwise you will find it will compete with other items of furniture, disrupting the interior look and feel.
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