The Ottoman: What’s Your Style?


The Ottoman is quite possibly the most versatile piece of furniture you could own. Use’m for extra seating, a coffee table, a side table, or park it at the end of the bed, the front entry or in the bathroom. You name it! You could use an ottoman in virtually every room of the home and with so many styles to choose from you will have no problem finding an ottoman to suit your space.

Here are a few tips to help guide you on choosing a style that works best for you.

mid century ottoman styles

Mid Century Modern: If it’s clean simple lines with an open airy feel that you are after then these examples of Mid Century Modern inspired beauties would be perfect for your space. Distinguishing features of this look are the tapered wooden leg, streamlined appearance and hearty material choices like wools often in rich tones.

Examples of Contemporary modern ottoman styles

Modern Minimalist: Similar to the Mid Century Modern style, the Modern Minimalist is characteristic of a streamlined appearance, an open and airy feel with simple clean lines. Legs are quite often in different reflective metals or lucite. Fabric choices could be leather or rich velvets and any tufting would be done without creating a puffy appearance.

traditional Parisian inspired ottoman styles

Traditionalist: More of a Traditionalist at heart? Then these two somewhat feminine examples above are perfect for your space. Depending on fabric choice this look would also look great in a French Country, coastal or shabby home. Look for highly detailed or carved wooden legs, loads of tufting with a somewhat over stuffed appearance in materials like plush velvets for more of an elegant feel or cottons and linens to keep it casual. rugged mountain retreat style ottoman

Masculine: If it’s a rugged masculine look you are after then bring out the heavy weights. chunky meaty pieces adorned with nail heads and thick durable fabrics.

World Traveller: For those that love more of a Boho or eclectic world traveler inspired home then these Kilim pouffes and large ottoman would fit the bill. Truly timeless! One could never tire of the workmanship involved in making beautiful handmade textiles in gorgeous colours and endless pattern styles depicting it’s origin in the world.

Industrial: If you are all about the industrial look then reinventing old crates or warehouse equipment into Ottomans would work like a hot darn. Also great for the Modern Country home especially when using vintage flower bulb or fruit crates. Note the exposed aged metal, nailhead detailing, weathered wood and logos.

Coastal: Looking for a coastal or shabby look then seagrass or rope ottomans are perfect to create a casual feel. Weathered woods would also work great for this look. Group smaller ottomans together in multiple ways to create a configuration that works best in the space. Adding ottomans with storage options is also great way to help us maintain an uncluttered space.

No matter your style, there is an ottoman out there perfect for your every spacial need.




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