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Helpful Tips for Decorating Your Ottoman

by Paige Pesko

Colorful living room and ottoman

Adding an ottoman to your home décor can be a difficult choice if you are used to having a table in front of your couch. You’ve probably noticed ottomans popping up everywhere from home décor magazines to your friends’ living rooms and have considered giving one a try. If you’re not sure that you’ll love the ottoman, check out these helpful tips for decorating your ottoman that may convince you otherwise.

Decorate Your Ottoman With Trays

The most common way to decorate your ottoman is with a single rectangular tray. While you may use a square one as well, trays come in all sorts of styles, so choose one that best fits with your ottoman. You can use your tray simply as decoration or as a drink table or serving tray. Round trays also look good on ottomans, whether you have a round or rectangular one.

Pro Tip: Consider decorating with multiple trays if your ottoman is big enough. This unique décor style is beautiful and ideal for multi-person households.

Display Coffee Table Books on Your Ottoman

Like you would decorate a cocktail table, you can use coffee-table books to decorate your ottoman. Show off your hobbies and enhance the intellect of your space when you decorate with books. Using coffee-table books will add color to your décor, and they also serve as great conversation starters.

Pro Tip: Display the books that interest you. You’ll be more motivated to look at books that are close by.

Accessorize Your Ottoman

Trays and books serve as functional décor, but you can also choose to style your ottoman with items that simply look pleasing. The size of your ottoman and your lifestyle will likely determine what and how much you can fit on it. For instance, if you have pets or kids, you might not want to keep tall plants, expensive vases, and candles on your ottoman.

Pro Tip: Keep riskier items—like candles and vases—on trays so they have a solid surface to prevent them from falling.

Having an ottoman in your living room can be a superior choice to a cocktail table, especially if you enjoy propping up your feet. With these helpful tips for decorating your ottoman, you’ll be able to find a piece that fits into your home décor. Ottomans have multiple uses that make them excellent additions to any home. Discover the best ottomans at the Great American Home Store. Talk to the designers at our discount furniture stores in Memphis, TN today.