As the name suggests the ottoman came from the Ottoman Empire and found its way into Europe in the 18th Century. However, when they were first introduced, ottomans tended to be more for both storage and seating and were huge, sometimes encompassing three walls of a room. This gave a lot of storage room and of course ample seating. They eventually evolved into something that would be more recognisable today, a small box which could be stored away in the corner of a room, but could still be functional for both storage and seating.
By keeping your legs raised, your heart has less work to do and you consequently use less energy so can relax easier. The padded top of an ottoman permit you to do this comfortably, and many use this type of furniture with their recliner rather than use the footrest that comes with the furniture. Whether it is styled in the form of a box or a chair on short legs, an ottoman is upholstered and can be used as a seat. Perhaps not as comfortable as an armchair, but sufficient as an emergency or alternative seating option in your home during parties or when a crowd of friends descend upon you. It can be stored away under a table and pulled out when needed - or rolled out if your ottoman is fitted with casters.
For warm and cozy rooms, consider ottomans with bases, constructed in rich colors and textured fabrics. Ottomans with legs are a good choice for more formal decorating styles, as well as when a lighter look is needed. Often, ottomans are chosen to match existing seating, but you may want to consider purchasing a distinctive ottoman instead. Ottomans can be used to add decorative interest to a room, though a pop of color, contrasting texture or a unique shape.
Solid colors such as the mesmerizing gray, sophisticated brown and warm auburn are compatible with many decors. A zebra print cowhide footstool or a leopard print cowhide footstool could be a unique accent piece in a modern décor. Either of these could be the favorite accent item in a teenagers room or game room. There are so many color variations and natural patterns available that youre sure to find the perfect cowhide furniture, footstools, rugs and accessories for your home.
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