I'm currently working on a project with a client who wants to bring two existing and contrasting living room sets (consisting of two sofas and a coffee table each) all in one large room as a sort of unified living area. The sofas are easy to bind together visually; a smart change of upholstery will do the trick. The hard part is how to add the two (large and square) coffee tables in a single area without cluttering the space and keep knocking your legs on each one of them while trying to pass by. One of them has to go. Or, to be more precise, to be substituted by an upholstered rectangular ottoman.
A soft, textured ottoman, right in front of a sofa is such an amazing invention! Still practical but more cushy and cozy, it easily doubles up as coffee table and extra seating. There are tons of different approaches if you want to try this style at your home, like play with shape (rectangular, square or round), use a pair of similar ones (a great solution for smaller spaces), play with the design (sturdy, sleek, tufted or with global influences) or play with the textiles (velvet, leather or patterned upholstery depending on your personal style). Add a tray atop to create a solid surface to display decorative objects or place a cup of coffee, style it with favorite books or just put your feet up after a long day ;)
I've gathered a few pictures to show you how creative people and designers use this trend inside their homes to get you inspired. What do you think? Is it a trend that you would adopt in your home?
|Pair of cubic poufs with folkloric pattern via Nastasi Vail Designs.|
|Fuchsia ottoman in the living room of Vanessa Francis.|
|Fuchsia ottoman matching a same shade moroccan pouf via House Beautiful April 2012 (found via here).|
|Contemporary white ottoman in an eclectic living room photographed by Michael Wells.|
|Xl white leather tufted ottoman calming down the patterned seatings. Design by Pal + Smith, photo by Eric Staudenmaier.|
|Wood and indigo blues for a sophisticated classic appeal. Design by T. Keller Donovan, photo by John Bessler Photography.|
|A round ottoman unifies the various seating furniture in this living room designed by Lauren Liess (see more designs by Lauren Liess here).|
|A large square lavender ottoman matches beautifully the emerald pops in the living room of Ginnifer Goodwin. Photo by Hilary Walsh via Elle Decor.|
|A bold red ottoman breaks the subtle monotony in this living room designed by Niche Interiors. Photo by Thomas Kuoh.|
|Creamy whites and sleek leather matching the cozy upholstery. Image via Bovision.|
|Contemporary sophisticated forms and hues by the fireplace. Image via here.|
|Classy ottoman coffee table vignette by Ham Interiors.|
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