Why It Works: Oversized Ottomans

Peter Dolkas
When it comes to dressing your living room, why not take a break from the norm and experiment with the unexpected? Swap your traditional table for an oversize ottoman: plush, functional, and anything but ordinary, this fresh take on a furniture staple breathes new life into a room. Available in a wide range of shapes, tones, and textiles, an ottoman is an easy and chic way to draw attention. No crop top necessary. FULLY FUNCTIONAL A cushioned tabletop can be a saving grace when it comes to entertaining. Providing extra seating with air of intimacy, you can pack more guests into a room without bringing out the folding chairs. Plus, when all those visitors are gone, you have a very comfy excuse to put your feet up. WARM THINGS UP Ottomans tend to lend a cozier feel to any sort of space. Whether fabric or leather, a cushioned piece adds softness and an inviting air to a home's atmsophere. FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION A statement piece injects an extra bit of drama and a new dimension to any sitting room. A bold ottoman can draw the eye and focus a room's theme with a colour, texture, or shape that complements the overall vibe. THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE Wood, glass, marble, and metal tables are the norms when it comes to living room feng shui. Go for the unexpected with a fabric tabletop that is anything but conventional. ENTERTAIN THE EYES Since an ottoman--even an oversize option--is only so big, this is a chance to experiment with a bold print or colour. If you're couch is more demure or you've always longed for an oriental rug, choose a fun fabric and make this piece the true focal point of the room. dh-shop-the-room-kitchen-header-05
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Kilim Oversized Ottoman, $899, Charlotte & Ivy Blume Ottoman, $1356, Jayson Home Philippe Ottoman, From $1195, Jonathan Adler
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Haute House Puffet Ottoman, $1999, Horchow Belle Meade Chatham Cocktail Ottoman, $1817, Zinc Door Raelynn Oversized Ottoman, $550, Living Spaces
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Lexington Ottoman, $1356, Hollywood At Home Langley Ottoman, $1050, Schoolhouse Electric Sent Sofia Square Pouf, $2895, ABC Carpet & Home
Photographs: 1. Max Kim-Bee for Veranda 2. Lonny Magazine, House Beautiful 4. Douglas Friedman, Courtesy of Jeffers Design Group 5. Pieter Estersohn 6. Karlisch Photography for Elle Decor 7. Courtesy of Nicky haslam Design, "The Things That Matter" by Nate Berkus/ Photographer: Roger Davies 8. Ken Hayden 9. Kimberly Genevieve 10. Courtesy of Sadar Design Studio

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