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How to Buy an Ottoman

Hey, it's just a little thing to put your feet on, right? Um, not really. While ottomans certainly do serve that function, they can also do so much more for a room. Here's how to find the right ottoman for your space...and take it beyond just a footrest.

The most important thing when buying an ottoman is that it's in direct proportion to whatever seat it'll be used with. Form definitely needs to follow function in this area.

Go bold

If you have a neutral room or one with a lot of solid colors, an ottoman is a great way to add a shot of color or pattern. Save money by either getting a less-expensive ottoman in a crazier print or investing in a more-expensive neutral ottoman and all sorts of different slipcovers. Either way, this will let you change up your living room look when you feel like it or when the seasons change.

An ottoman doesn't just have to be a footrest. One great way to double up its function is by putting a great tray on it and using it as a coffee table. (Finding the right-size ottoman can be a lot easier than finding that perfect coffee table.) If you're choosing an ottoman with this in mind, make sure you've got the proportions right when you're shopping.

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Nestpert: Grayson Handy, co-owner and creative director of Prudence Designs and Events and author of the new book Flowers for the Home: Inspirations from the World Over.

-- Paula Kashtan