Living Room Accents: Ottomans & Footstools

Want to update your living room, but don’t have time right now for a lot of planning and shopping? We have a great idea for adding a new look to your living space—one that has big visual impact but is at the same time quick and easy to implement. Ottomans and footstools have long been staples in the world of living room furnishings, but we’re seeing them showing up in all sorts of interesting ways in today’s room designs. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, farmhouse or cool eclectic, a footstool or ottoman can add a great updated look and a lot of functionality to your living room.

Living Room Ottoman

This beautiful neutral living space gets a touch of red hot color with the addition of a large round velvet ottoman turned coffee table. When using an upholstered ottoman in front of a sofa, a decorative tray is perfect for holding decorative accessories and stabilizing drinks or snacks.

Ottomans

If one is good, then two might be fabulous. We love the repetition of pairs in this great neutral living space with an ocean view. Joining twin armless chairs and two sleek curved “coffee tables” is a pair of large plush square ottomans. Don’t they look comfortable?

Living Room Footstool

A contemporary footstool with sleek tailored upholstery can add much-needed seating in a small living room without taking up a lot of visual space. This stylish piece is just right as part of a matching set—sofa, chair and stool keep a low profile that doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Living Room Ottoman

Tucked discreetly into this Oceanside living room are chic tailored ottomans that offer extra seating while playing their supporting roles beautifully.

Living Room Footstools

Serving the same purpose as those square ottomans in the previous image, velvet footstools are anything but discreetly tucked away here. They’re the focal point in this pretty feminine space meant for entertaining. Think fun and lively conversation.

Living Room Ottomans

Sometimes a stool or ottoman is added to a living room just for fun and a touch of whimsy. This fur-covered pouf brings texture and visual interest to a corner sitting area. It’s a great look.

Living Room Footstool

A large tufted footstool with tapered wood legs is perfectly suited to anchor a sleek contemporary sectional as a coffee table that easily transitions to a convenient place for a tray to hold drinks and snacks.

Living Room Footstools

Footstools and ottomans can be mixed and matched for a fun and captivating look. Don’t be afraid to go with what makes you smile when choosing these versatile little pieces. Whether you need extra seating, an interesting take on a coffee table or that perfect something to add a touch of fun, footstools and ottomans can be a great way to add an instant update to any living space. Have fun!

 

8 Ways to Add Color to Rooms for Kids

Vibrant color seems to be a natural fit in rooms designed especially for kids. From a single pop of color to an over the top mix of vivid hues, color can bring a lively vibe to nurseries, children’s bedrooms and teen spaces.

Today, we’re sharing eight clever ways interior designers have chosen to add color, visual interest and a happy feel to all sorts of rooms for kids.

Colorful Kids Room

Sophisticated enough to be a guest room, this black and white space with just a few pops of gold would speak to older teens. A single pillow in an eye-catching hue offers an easy way to bring color into a bedroom. The up-close and personal zebra print is irresistible.

Color in Kids Room

Two letters of Jack’s name bring a bit of brilliant color to his somewhat neutral but pattern-filled nursery. A stuffed toy on the chest turned changing table echoes that same bright blue and red.

Color in Kids Room

Even as many hues abound in this boy’s bedroom, white built-ins and a pale rug on the dark wood floor give it a clean modern look. With a neutral background like this, it would be easy to make color palette changes as the child grows and interests change.

Color in Kids Room

What a fun way to add color to a girl’s bedroom. The red and white bedding adds delicate pattern in a bold color. The wall art picks up that bright red and tones it down with a golden hue.

Color in Kids Room

Red brightens up an Old West themed boy’s room. Varied patterns in the pillow covers add visual interest to this quintessential cowboy look.

Color in Kids Room

This child’s bedroom in a great Mid-Century modern home is given a colorful point of view with a multi-hued quilt wall hanging and soft rug, along with a few bright accessories. The designer chose the iconic Eames Elephant as a finishing touch for this happy space.

Color in Kids Room

No need to see the sandy beach and ocean view just outside this girl’s bedroom to get a tropical vibe. Vibrant color and pattern can be seen everywhere you look in this beautiful space.

Color in Kids Room

Outrageously colorful, this girl’s bedroom is filled with exuberant hues and unrestrained joy. Pink and blue never looked so good!  This space adds a big exclamation point at the end of our little tour of kids’ spaces made better with color.

If you love these kids rooms and want to see more of a particular designer’s work, just click on the image to go to their portfolio.

 

Bohemian Country by Christopher Burns Interiors

New York based interior designer Christopher Burns is known for inspired spaces that reflect the lifestyles and unique personalities of those who live in them. “Effortless elegance and introspective beauty” are hallmarks of his work. After studying fashion design and then working in the industry, in 2003 he opened a boutique interior design firm where he is able to do what he truly loves, work closely with clients. From the very beginning of each project, Christopher seeks to collaborate with the client so as to deliver rooms that captivate, inspire and go far beyond expectations. Today, we’re touring a renewed 150-year old Georgian farmhouse with a warm and charming style the designer affectionately calls Bohemian country.

Bohemian Country

The home’s warm and inviting entryway gives a glimpse of what’s to come in the light-filled rooms beyond. 

Bohemian Country

“We shaped the entire aesthetic around pieces like their tribal wall hanging, a Tibetan rug and modern pastoral photographs.” — Christopher Burns

Bohemian Country

A soft blue background seems just right for more colorful furnishings and accessories in deeper hues.

Bohemian Country

Meticulous design details, carefully chosen decorative accessories and treasured objects can be seen throughout the home.  

Bohemian Country

“Curating this eclectic collection of paintings, furniture, textiles and pottery we achieved the thing for which we most often strive–a home in balance.” — Christopher Burns

Bohemian Country

A sleek sectional sofa and eclectic collection of toss pillows gives this comfortable space a more contemporary feel.

Bohemian Country

A little girl’s room is a wonderful blend of timeless design and modern elements like the lively geometric rug. The quintessential American dollhouse is updated with cool turquoise exterior paint.

Bohemian Country

From the beautiful colors underfoot to the gentleman’s chest and contemporary wrought iron four-poster, this bedroom is a lovely eclectic mix of of treasured pieces.

Like what you see, check out Christopher Burns’ portfolio here.