Using ottomans in home décor is not new, and according to the Encyclopaedia* Britannica (not Wikipedia) the ottoman has been with us since the late 18th century when it was introduced to Europe from Turkey (the Ottoman Empire). Its origins are irrelevant to its current use, which is as a footstool or a seat. Some ottomans consist of a small padded seat standing on four legs, while others are in the form of a padded box with a hinged lid the storage ottoman.
Ottomans with legs are a good choice for more formal decorating styles, as well as when a lighter look is needed. Often, ottomans are chosen to match existing seating, but you may want to consider purchasing a distinctive ottoman instead. Ottomans can be used to add decorative interest to a room, though a pop of color, contrasting texture or a unique shape. While ottomans are primarily intended as a piece of furniture that allows us a chance to relax at the end of a busy or stressful day, theres no reason why they cant be stylish, too.
To be functional, an ottomans height should precisely match the height of the sofa or chair that you will occupy while using it. Ottomans should be chosen in consideration of those who will most use them. For some, a light ottoman will provide all the support needed. For others, a larger, wider piece is a better choice. A broad selection of ottomans ensures that there is a piece to suit any taste and any decor. For warm and cozy rooms, consider ottomans with bases, constructed in rich colors and textured fabrics.
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