Ottoman footstools have been a classic addition to the modern living room ever since they first appeared back in the 17th century as an oriental indulgence brought across to Paris from the city of Istanbul, at that time part of the Ottoman Empire from where the piece gets its name. Over the years a number of design additions and refinements have been made to adapt the piece in line with the fashions and trends of the time. So if you are wondering what’s next for the humble ottoman, here are three key trends we expect to see over the new few seasons.
Classic meets Colour
Combined the classic with the contemporary has always been a feature of the interior design industry as designers seek to pay tribute to traditional designs whilst adding a modern touch. Right now, it’s extremely popular for ottomans to be designed with the classic deep buttoned look, primarily associated with the Chesterfield Sofa, combined with lush, colourful fabrics including oranges, purples, reds and yellows. As the modern interior becomes ever more open plan, ottomans are becoming centrepiece additions, taking on the role of an art form within a gallery space. Where once we considered them purely functional objects, they are quickly becoming far more popular as individual pieces in their own right.
The Ottoman Coffee Table
Ottomans trace their roots back to Turkish familial seating where they became extremely popular as an alternative to the more formal sofa on account of their casual style and capacity to seat large numbers of people. Consequently, it’s no surprise to learn that large rectangular ottomans are making a comeback with many interior designers now opting for ottomans in place of coffee tables and side tables to sit alongside modular sofas. With a luxury upholstered surface, large ottomans are becoming ever more comfortable, beautiful and practical additions to the modern living room. Once considered a luxury product, it’s now increasingly affordable for the majority of the population as technological innovations continue to reduce the associated production costs of manufacturing.
The Scandinavian Ottoman
Istanbul and Copenhagen may be two very different cities but there’s a discernible trend towards functional ottoman designs which is very much being led by the Scandinavian schools of interior design. Incorporating magazine racks, mini-bars and other storage units into the classic ottoman has become extremely popular with the urban audience as our modern lifestyles make minimalism and space saving solutions extremely attractive. Expect to see far more functional designs coming over the course of the next 12 months as this trend gathers more momentum amongst the design community as well as the general public.
These are just three of many different design trends influencing the design of the ottoman footstool in the early part of the 21st century. Yet as many more of us continue to invest in our homes and home décor, the pace of change continues to accelerate in the interior design industry, reshaping our expectations when it comes to home accessories.