Should an Ottoman Match the Accent Chair?

When it comes to furnishing a living room, one of the key pieces is the accent chair and ottoman.  However, not every accent chair comes with an ottoman. When this happens, it becomes a decision of whether or not you should purchase an ottoman that directly matches the accent chair itself, or if you should use creative freedom and purchase one that differs slightly.  Ultimately, the decision is up to you – there is no right or wrong answer, but it is important to make sure that the two pieces work together in a cohesive manner.  If you are unsure of what to do, keep reading to learn some pros and cons of matching an ottoman to an accent chair.

The Ottoman’s Versatility

An ottoman is a piece of furniture that can be used for both decorative and functional purposes. Since it is both a decorative and functional piece, this makes it an incredibly versatile piece in any room.  Despite this, there is one way that an ottoman is most often styled.  Many people choose to use an ottoman as an accent piece in their living room or bedroom, and it is most often placed next to an accent chair. When this happens, the question then becomes: should the ottoman match the chair? There are certainly benefits to having the ottoman match the chair.  That being said, there are also times when it is acceptable to have a different ottoman from the accent chair.  Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what will work best for your space.

Weighing Pros and Cons

There are benefits to having the ottoman match the accent chair that it is placed next to. For one, it creates a cohesive look. When you match the ottoman directly to the chair, you can feel confident that the two pieces of furniture will not clash.  You will also know that the ottoman will not be too high or too low for the chair if it comes from the same set. Additionally, an ottoman that matches the chair can help to tie the whole room together and make it look more put together.  If the ottoman is different from the chair, it can create a sense of imbalance or disarray.

There are also times when it is acceptable to have a different ottoman from the accent chair. If the ottoman is being used more for functional purposes, such as a footrest, then it might not need to match the aesthetic of the chair. Additionally, if the ottoman is going to be moved into a different room than the chair, it might not make sense to worry about matching them.  This is because the ottoman and the accent chair are not “married” to each other – either one could be moved away from the other. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what will work best for your space.

Making the Chair and Ottoman Match

If you are interested in mixing and matching ottomans and accent chairs, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it is important to find a common thread between the two pieces. This could be a shared color, material, or pattern. Second, make sure there is enough contrast between the two pieces so that they do not look too matchy-matchy.  Each should be able to stand out on its own while still ensuring that they are visually connected in some way or another. And finally, have fun with it! Mixing and matching can be a great way to add personality to your space.  Your home is a reflection of your personality and aesthetic, so you allow yourself to design your home in a way to honor that.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to choosing an ottoman, there is no right or wrong answer. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and what will work best for your space. If you are looking for a cohesive look, then opting for an ottoman that matches the chair can be a good option. However, if the ottoman is going to be used more for functional purposes, then it might not need to match the aesthetic of the chair. After all, you may end up choosing to move the ottoman somewhere else in your home.  At that point, it will not matter how closely it matches the accent chair.  Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what will work best for your space.

Contact Ambiente Modern Furniture

Are you looking for a new accent chair and ottoman near the Asheville or Raleigh, North Carolina areas?  If so, contact us here at Ambiente Modern Furniture!  We have several accent chairs available in our inventory, showcasing various styles.  No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect accent chair and ottoman for your home.  Feel free to check out our inventory online or stop by one of our two convenient North Carolina locations to see our high quality furniture in person!  If you see something on our website that is not readily available in one of our stores, our expert staff is available to help you order that piece directly to your home.  We hope to see you soon here at Ambiente Modern Furniture.

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