Stylish Ottomans for the Living Room

Ottomans trace their origins from the Ottoman (Turkish) empire and has been an essential part of living room interior design since times immemorial. Ottomans are usually used as an alternative for a sofa or to keep books. It can be square, rectangular or circular in shape. They are typically coordinated with living room or drawing room furniture.

Here are some of the Ottoman types used in interior design:

Upholstered Ottoman

When choosing an ottoman for your living room interior design, choose bright colours to create a statement. Tufted Ottomans, loop upholstered Ottoman with hidden storage and pleated ottomans are a good choice. Place them over a patterned rug near the sofa in contrasting or compelling colours. The next gorgeous option for your ottoman seating would be tufted taupe bench with trumpet legs in a gold and bun feet.

Here is a tip! Avoid white upholstery when choosing fabrics for ottomans as they tend to become quite dirty.


These days, many experts use stool type ottomans frequently in their living room interior design. They have a unique advantage where one can upholster the fabric different fabrics and colours. The Avalon stool is an ottoman made of rattan and is a piece of versatile furniture. An X leg shaped ottoman with velvet seating can be even used in patio furniture and or an alternative for your dressing stool. Another variation of rattan ottoman is where the accommodation is rattan with steel legs. Having ottomans gives a touch of intrigue and interest to your living room interior design.


If you want an extra cosy seating arrangement in your living room interior design, then a pouffe ottoman is the best option. It is the perfect seating option to relax your feet after a long day. Pouffes add texture, colour, style and additional seating to your living room or patio. However, pouffes are not recommended for long time seating as it will lose its shape and structure. If you do not want to incorporate ottomans as part of your living room interior design, then place it near a large piece of furniture like a lounge chair. The stool should be in light fabric and in neutral colours to complement the whole colour scheme.


Use more distinct and individual pieces that will complement the overall design and contemporary theme of your home interior design.  For example, think about a pair of armchairs with similar tones throw cushions with a couple of cubed ottomans and acrylic coffee table. It is also storage efficient because the coffee table will you provide a place to hide the ottomans.


For a classic and understated look, use those cube-shaped ottomans. Cube shaped ottomans in peach colours will perfectly complement a minimalist theme. Greige sofas with pink polka dotted cushions and glass top coffee table with pink and white cube ottomans. They will invoke a sense of interest and difference within the room. Complete the look with elegant statement pendant lights.