Glam, yet cozy, the ottoman suggests style quite unlike any other. The ottoman, bench or footstool is un-paralleled in terms of ease and functionality, without compromising on personality, character or style.
Over the centuries, the ottoman has evolved from a central seating space (with no shortage of cushions) during the Ottoman Empire, to a joinery piece wrapping three walls of a room once the concept was adopted and altered by Western Europe. A long history surrounds the humble ottoman, with the first Ottomane appearing in French interiors as early as 1729. Thankfully, the ottoman as we know it now reincarnates in many forms, in just as many distinct and recognisable aesthetics; from coastal luxe to indulgent sophistication, if there’s a style you crave, it’s a sure bet there’s an ottoman style to suit.
Typically a smaller piece, and therefore a smaller investment, ottomans and footstools are ideal to use as accent pieces or to experiment with your décor. Often wielding unexpectedly noticeable results, refresh your interior with an expert move using an ottoman, or restore your bedroom cred instantly with a bench at the end of your bed. The perfect aid to refreshing your living space with a new silhouette, colour or texture, ottomans and stools possess the inherent qualities required for an immediate dose of style, elegance and design panache.
Of course, the classic Sofa and Ottoman combination is a tried and tested winner, but don’t confine the ottoman to merely your living and bedroom spaces; why not capitalise on the versatile qualities of an ottoman for unexpected perching at an occasional table, a casual stool desk-side in your study, or an elongated bench as impromptu seating at a casual dining table.
Is it a table? Or is it an ottoman? Both. Certainly versatile, a large ottoman offers to double as a coffee table, and presents endless styling opportunities, much as a standard, conventional centrepiece would. Both functional and on-trend, a styled tray atop an ottoman or bench creates a subtle statement as well as providing the perfect opportunity to instill personality; perhaps a curated selection of book titles alluding to a personal interest? No points for guessing the subjects on mine…
Try my St Augustine Banks Tufted Ottoman for this look, offering un-doubtable chic appeal, all the while retaining immeasurable adaptability. If you’re a fan of this style but lack the space, try a small ottoman or footstool to same effect, sofa-side.
Nothing quite beats the storage ottoman in terms of style and versatility. Offering all the characteristics discussed so far, plus one additional; and it’s certainly not one to be missed… or is it? Concealed storage is a godsend for small spaces, promising clean lines and surfaces, while keeping contents close at hand. My Toulouse round Ottomans do just this, offering the advantage of storage with no absence of quiet luxury.
Ultra-modern, or classically traditional, my ottomans and benches cover all bases. My Nexara Contemporary Bench offers, as the name would suggest, a contemporary aesthetic, with a tranquil, minimalist disposition. Over the years, a constant in interiors new and old, a leather ottoman references timeless appeal and suggests masculine sophistication. My Savoy Leather Ottoman is no different, featuring classic button tufting, rich timber bun feet and delicate nail-head trim, complimenting the rich leather with ease.
Quintessentially chic, the ottoman enjoys timeless allure and has effortlessly become a design staple thanks to undeniable style and incomparable versatility.
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