Ottomans add style — and versatility — to any living space. “I love ottomans because they’re multi-functional,” says Jillian Lepore of INspiration Interiors. “They make seating comfortable for anyone – no matter how tall or short. Plus, they accommodate a number of seating styles. From a design standpoint, they add a bit of spice.”
Lepore says ottomans are ideal for Hawaii because they’re a great way to make the most out of tight spaces. “We are seeing fewer and fewer formal dining rooms,” she says. “So, a lot of times ottomans can act as an informal table for quick meals. Kids can also pull them up for video games and just hanging out.”
Lepore, who has been a designer for more than a decade, says her favorite ottomans are no more than 18 inches — round or square. “Since they’re small, you can move them around easier and make the room work for you,” she says.