Category Archives: OTTOMANS

Reclining in Style


For those of us who grew up with reclining sofas and sectionals there really was no replacement for comfort. You could recline your little section of the sofa, flip open the arm rest to have a place to put your drink and a holder for your remote. Your typical reclining sofa is about 30 feet long and 20 feet wide with the same depth as a your average 55 chevy. In other words, they’re big.

While these behemoths may be fine for a basement, man cave, or home theater room, they really don’t belong in your average size living room anymore. Of course that doesn’t mean you should feel like you are in grandmas parlor sitting on plastic wrapped furniture. Comfort should be top priority in your own living room, especially when you just want to kick back and relax. That being said here’s another way to think about the reclining sofa. What made it great was that you had your choice of kicking up your feet on the footrest or sitting upright. The simple solution to that is get a comfy couch and place a comfy ottoman in front of it. That way you can still decide if you want to ‘recline’ and slack off or sit up and pay attention!

Here’s a nice comfortable sofa that I paired with three different ottoman choices. The gray sofa can be somewhat dark so I tried pairing it up with a bright striped ottoman or a solid lighter toned one. The striped one certainly looks the best to me, but for many homes that color scheme won’t work or will be too much. If that’s the case stick to the neutral tones. By the way, all three of these ottomans are available at CB2, links are below:



A. The Thomas Sofa from inMod is pricey at $1,500. I’m not suggesting you go out and buy this exact sofa, I am just using it as a base to show you how to combine both comfort and style at the same time. But, it is a very nice sofa and comes in several different fabrics.

B. From CB2 this little Parlor ottoman is $399 and the tweed fabric adds a nice touch of texture to your room. There is also a similar one in atomic orange also for $399 if you need that big pop of color.

C. My favorite choice is this Batao Stripped sectional ottoman also from CB2 for $549. The larger square size (37″) makes it a great ottoman/coffee table combo. The colorful stripes won’t look great in every room, but certainly add to the fun and playfulness of this piece.

D. A brighter and larger option is this 38.5″ Lotus Natural Ottoman for $499. Notice the bent chrome legs which add a sense of modernity. This is a larger piece so make sure you measure your space before you order anything. Nothing worse than getting this home only to discover you can’t fit it in front of your sofa without moving it every time!

Case Study

PROBLEM: A living room that gets very little light and is currently occupied with oversized furniture, and walls that are too dark.


SOLUTION: Start by choosing brighter wall colors. A buttery beige on the two side walls is accented by a cooler, yet still light, slate color on the back wall. A lighter toned bamboo shade is added for some privacy while still letting a fair amount of light in. A smaller and brighter sofa and love seat take over where the oversized green microfiber left off. A retro-modern ottoman serves as both coffee table and storage space and adds a rich aqua color to the center of the room, drawing your eyes in away from the dark corners. Two white side tables that flank the sofa are narrow enough to fit in the tight space, but open enough on the bottom so as not to feel heavy. A black and white photograph on a brighter wall always adds great contrast while the orange chevron pillows add the final pop of color that was needed.


Otto, Man. And I don’t mean the bus driver!

Ottomans have been around for hundreds of years, long before Dick Van Dyke started tripping over them (Dick Van WHO?).


Of course the Turks were using these comfy yet utilitarian pieces of furniture for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until they made their way to Europe that their popularity grew.
And today almost every home (well maybe not every home) has some sort of ottoman or foot stool plopped in front of their couch.

The thing I don’t like about many of the ottomans I see today is that they are part of a set. Someone buys the sofa, love seat, and ottoman all at once. The same fabric, same style same everything. It’s like having Vanilla ice-cream when there’s a box of Oreos sitting right next to it. In other words, mix it up! Add those cookies to your ice cream and add some color/texture/style to your living room furniture via the ottoman.

And don’t forget, often times your ottoman can pull double duty as a coffee table too.

Here’s a few I’ve found that can work nicely almost anywhere.

This is a colorful and contemporary option from TARGET. It’s a bit pricier than I’d like at $225, but still worth it for this stylish yet casual piece.


This one is a bit funky from OVERSTOCK (on sale for $194), but could be really cool in the right home. The cow hide pattern and texture adds a bit of fun and playfulness to what could  otherwise be a very serious room.


If silver and gold is your thing check these two out. Also from they are priced great at about $64 and $67 each. Think about getting 2 or more of these in place of one larger ottoman or table. They are also available in a host of other colors, so try mixing and matching. See the links below for more details.






Here is an option for those of you who are in to leather (wink wink)! Well…pleather anyway. This is available at for $223. It’s got a great color to it and a slightly stressed leather look which softens it up a bit.



One Kings Lane has this affordable blue spotted ottoman for $129.


This is a nice chevron pattern ottoman in orange from 55 Downing Street for $150.



Also at 55 Downing Street is this black tufted ottoman for $250. Probably my most favorite out of all of them, a bit more expensive but very elegant and trendy looking.
Also it is fairly large at 35″ square.


So next time you sit down on your couch and go to kick up your feet,
think about what you’re stepping on!