ottoman styling
Plum Furniture Design

 

Good morning, design chicers! Do you love an ottoman? We sure do! Especially this time of year when we want to feel cozy and comfortable in our homes, having an ottoman to put our feet up on is a necessity.

ottoman surrounded by 4 chairs
Robert Brown via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

They are a great alternative to a hard coffee table with all its angles and points. (Although, don’t get us wrong, we love a good coffee table too!)

ottoman at the beach
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

The only tricky part about an ottoman is that, sometimes, how to style it is a little less obvious than with a coffee table.

living room with cowhide ottoman
Suzanne Kasler via One Kings Lane

 

Because ottoman surfaces tend to be smushy and soft, we always like to start with a hard base. A tray is a great option. This orange accent color is a great way to accentuate the pop of color in the room.

living room with tufted ottoman
Melissa Hayes Interior Design

 

Oh my gosh. THESE DOGS! They are so beautiful. The ottoman isn’t bad either! This is a great example of how, when you start with a tray, you can accessorize as usual. We don’t often see a lot of height on an ottoman’s accessories, but we love it when we do!

Burlap ottoman in sunroom
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Of course, the great thing about using an ottoman as a coffee table is that is doesn’t have to have any accessorizing at all. This throw is the perfect accent and brings in that cozy feeling we were talking about earlier. 

round ottoman as a coffee table
Anne Decker Architect

 

Accessories can be simple and streamlined…

zebra ottoman
Lee Ann Thornton Design

 

Or have a little more going on. Books are great options for creating a fun layered look, and we always tend to use a tray shape that is opposite the shape of the ottoman, so a round tray for a rectangular ottoman, a rectangular tray on a round. It helps mix things up a little and adds interest.

J.K. Kling Interior Design

 

We adore the idea of accessorizing with a beautiful game. It’s attractive, fun, and ensures that you’re always ready for family game night!

leather ottoman in living room
Alexa Hampton via Architectural Digest

 

What is your favorite way to style an ottoman? Looking at these gorgeous photos, we’d say you really can’t go wrong!

Design Chic in Reader’s Digest!

It was so fun to see our design tips in this Reader’s Digest article about 8 Home Decorating Rules you Need to Follow After Age 30!

 

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