13 Styles for Your Ottoman (and How to Choose)
Compact and versatile, ottomans can serve as a footrest or coffee table. And despite their size, these cozy pieces pack a big aesthetic punch. Explore every style of ottoman and learn how to coordinate with your living room furniture or create a functional statement piece.
Mid-Century Modern Ottomans
Simplicity and functionality are at the heart of the mid-century modern ottoman. Incorporate the sleek aesthetic of this piece into your living room for a timeless touch that says you know style but are not over-the-top. Characterized by graphic shapes, graceful curves, and earthy colors, mid-century modern ottomans stand out in homes with minimalist, clutter-free decor. Open-base ottomans with metal hairpins or tapered wooden legs make a small living room feel more open and airy (while giving you a place to rest your coffee cup). Breathe new life into a simple living room with an eye-catching geometric ottoman in retro-inspired green, yellow, or orange. This colorful upholstery is the perfect opportunity to tie in accent colors from your wall art or throw pillows.
Turn up the volume in a home filled with sparkling accents and sumptuous materials with glam ottomans upholstered in pink velvet or brilliant white fur worthy of an Old Hollywood starlet. Give in to your love of over-the-top styling with gleaming gold bases that match your sparkling vintage bar cart or crystal buttons that enhance the shine of your mirrored side tables. Details such as plush padding and all-over button tufting enhance the indulgent feeling and create a comfortable place to rest while you sip a classic cocktail.
Modern & Contemporary Ottomans
Simple and sleek, modern ottomans echo the clean lines and understated elegance of a contemporary home. The luxe texture of a microfiber, linen, or leather ottoman brings a welcome softness to the expanses of glass and steel in an urban loft, making it feel more homey on lazy weekend mornings. The the hidden compartment of an ottoman storage bench can be used to stash magazines and maintain the uncluttered atmosphere of a modern interior.
Featuring streamlined silhouettes and simple materials such as linen and microfiber, transitional ottomans fit easily into any type of decor. They’re the perfect way to unify an eclectic space. Tie together a contemporary sofa and Victorian escritoire with an ottoman that features a tufted top and sleek sides. Or, embrace the versatility of transitional style with ottomans that turn into beds when they’re not serving as a coffee table in a living room with limited space.
Bohemian & Eclectic Ottomans
Bohemian and eclectic ottomans feature soft sides and generous stuffing, creating an inviting spot to rest your feet or serve as an extra seat at a party. Create a relaxed, earthy feeling in your living room with ottomans in rich textures and neutral colors. Or bring warmth and energy to a communal space with tribal prints in lively shades of red and orange.
Made with organic materials and natural finishes, rustic ottomans feel approachable and relaxed in a casual home. Well-worn leather tops and reclaimed-wood legs create a lived-in feeling that puts your guests at ease when they stop by for poker night. Muted earth-tone ottomans hide the dirt from kids’ hands and bring out the rich brown tones in your ceiling beams or weathered wooden TV stand.
Shabby Chic Ottomans
Feel like you’ve wandered into a well-loved cottage when you swap out your coffee table for a shabby chic ottoman with weathered paint and a floral fabric top. Ottomans with carved wooden legs complement your antique living room set and provide a sturdy spot to relax while you rearrange your coffee table books. When choosing colors, look for soft cream and pastel finishes that reflect the sunlight and capture the romantic nostalgia of a vintage home.
Industrial ottomans feature a softer take on the stripped-down aesthetic, combining black iron bases and chunky hardware with textured fabric upholstery. Slip a warm cognac leather ottoman stool next to your sofa to evoke the look of exposed-brick walls and provide a stable spot to stash your guilty-pleasure novel. Set off your gleaming ductwork and hardwood floors with a burnished suede ottoman on wheels that glides easily to the side when you need space for an at-home workout.
Heavy on rustic materials and practical designs, farmhouse ottomans prioritize function and laid-back style. Whitewashed wood and sand-colored cotton upholstery keep your modern farmhouse feeling airy, and a lower shelf corrals a stack of magazines or an extra knitted throw. Ottomans with X-shaped cross beams and reclaimed wood frames bring to mind images of barn doors, all while providing a sturdy surface for climbing kids and trays of treats.
Cabin & Lodge Ottomans
Cabin and lodge ottomans celebrate the natural world with rough-hewn wood texture and the greens and browns of a mountain forest. This is a style that’s practical yet comfortable, with thick, textured upholstery that keeps your feet warm when the winds are howling outside. An animal-skin Western ottoman fits in nicely with the rich colors and oversized furniture, particularly if hunting trophies hang on your walls.
Traditional decor encompasses a range of Old-World styles, and traditional ottomans fit seamlessly into each one. A low-slung vintage ottoman with turned-wood feet and nailhead trim blends into an elegant library and creates discreet storage for out-of-season throw pillows. If your style trends toward wingback chairs and floral rugs, a tufted French Country ottoman in chic pale blue or gray matches the upscale-casual vibe and lightens the look of heavy, ornate furniture.
Nautical & Coastal Ottomans
Featuring natural textures and light, beach-themed colors, a coastal ottoman brightens your living room. Tuck a compact, jute-covered pouf ottoman into a corner to bring seagrass-style texture to the space and provide a handy seat when family or friends stop by. If you’re going for a seafaring vibe, a navy blue nautical ottoman masks the effect of snack-time spills and highlights the colors of a striped rug or sailboat painting. To contrast your ocean-inspired blue-and-white palette, set a yellow cocktail ottoman next to the sofa, and top it with a tray to stabilize drinks and bowls of popcorn.
Southwestern ottomans exude the rich cultural experience of the American deserts. Strong geometric prints inspired by Native American cultures pair beautifully with the warm orange and blue tones of the desert sands and endless skies, refreshing your neutral-colored furniture. For a sophisticated take on Southwestern style, look to beige and gray striped ottomans with the texture of a handmade horse blanket.
Whether you live in a spacious country home or a squeezed city apartment, an ottoman is a versatile furniture piece that can drastically enhance the look and feel of your home. See our full Ottoman Buying Guide to consider a shape, material, and design that will reflect your taste and needs.