What once was just a wooden footstool to place your feet has evolved into the multifunctional ottoman of today’s versatile furniture options. Ottomans in your interiors can serve as a coffee table, storage, extra seating and more. If you’ve been trying to make your living room have more functionality and appeal, try out these creative uses for an ottoman in your interiors. You will love how the traditional footstool has gotten a whole new look.
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Multifunctional ottomans look fabulous:
Are you looking for storage for your books, remote controls and video game controllers that are taking over your family room? Storage ottomans with hinged lids enable you to store items inside while still providing extra seating for kids when needed. Take into account the size of area you have between your sofa and adjacent chairs. You can get ottomans as large as a coffee table or small ones in groups for more versatility. Smaller ottomans are great for smaller homes and apartments and can double as seating when you entertain.
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Choose a material to match your decorative style:
Similarly to your favorite furniture, upholstered ottomans are a hot decorative trend in interiors. From geometric shapes – cylinders, cubes and octagons to materials that transform your living room into a showcase room. Leather, velvet, tufted satin and other gorgeous textiles are ideal for your ottoman. If you have children or pets consider materials that resist stains well such as tweed, khaki denim or microfiber textiles that repel stains easily. Consider having your ottoman treated with stain fighters similar to your sofa to keep them look their best.
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Your living room has just gotten a new focal point, and it’s not the sofa! Ottomans have taken on a new personality in today’s interiors, and using them for storage, extra seating, and as a coffee or side table gives them functionality that you may have forgotten about. Try these ideas to make your living room have a new character about it with the addition of a gorgeous ottoman.
Have you ever noticed how comfortable a summer cottage can be? The warm tones of ocean blues and sandy neutral tones can leave you wanting to spend all your days relaxing on the porch and reading a book. If you love the feel of summer in your home, consider bring cottage details in your home. From color to weathered wood and reclaimed materials, here are a few ways to bring cottage inspiration to your home.
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Bring beach colors into your home:
The color of the beach calms the soul and brings a sense of calm to your interiors. Blues, sage greens, sunny yellows, and calm neutrals are the best way to bring a cottage feel to your interiors. Paint, textiles, accent throw pillows and rugs make it easy to switch out seasonally. For the summer time – opt for no-fuss materials like burlap, denim, cottons, and linen for drapery and slipcovers. Remember the summer is a chance to relax and enjoy the cool summer winds and your warm colored beach interiors.
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Bring the beach to every part of your home:
Cottage style also incorporates bits of feminine floral touches and masculine weathered materials such as wood and metals. Try adding wood plantation blinds to your interior windows and add wood shutters that are slightly distressed to marry the two styles together in your cottage interiors. On your outdoor porch – carry the theme outside with splashes of color in garden furniture cushions and play up the theme with colorful plants lining your patio! While a cottage can have soft tones, it can also allude to simple nautical-inspired colors too.
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This summer get ready for a laid back and comfortable home. Use these ideas to bring colors, textures, and no-fuss materials into your home. From the interior to your outdoor patio – see how a summer cottage feel in your home will feel like a breath of warm sunshine this summer.
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There used to be a time when brick was only considered to be an exterior material that created a sturdy and traditional façade. Today, brick is a beautiful material and homeowners are finding ways to expose brick in their interiors or even paint it to bring texture to a boring wall. If you’ve been thinking of ways to warm up your interiors, try these cool brick ideas for your home.
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Enjoy brick for its natural finish:
While many homeowners opt to cover up their brick walls with drywall, others prefer to showcase brick and its gorgeous qualities. Brick is one of the few building materials that can be used structurally for support and still show off beautifully in its exposed state. Try leaving your brick walls exposed as an accent wall in your kitchen or in your living room such as a fireplace wall, or consider leaving dry wall off entirely and keep brick as your interior finish. Brick requires no wallpaper, paint or other application, just leave it bare and enjoy its rustic qualities.
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Enjoy brick for its texture and customize the color:
Brick walls that have stains or have a color palette that doesn’t go with your interiors can also be painted. Many homeowners enjoy the texture that brick gives. The uniform mortar joints give beautiful texture when painted, and you can customize your interiors in any shade of paint you choose! Try using painted brick walls in a room that is voluminous for variety. Consider leaving some walls exposed, or paint in a contrasting color to give variety and natural symmetry to your room.
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Your brick interiors were just enhanced with the help of these useful tips. Whether you enjoy brick for its rustic colors and warm glow, or you prefer to customize them with your own paint, the options are limitless. Decide how you want to showcase brick in your home; from accent walls to entire rooms, what creative ideas do you have for your home using cool brick?