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Problem SOLVED: 10 Affordable Neutral Ottomans And Poufs To Pair Up With Your Accents Chairs – Emily Henderson


A couple of weeks ago my cousin was shopping for a new accent chair for her living room. Her husband’s only request was that it needed to have an ottoman. Well, the chair she chose didn’t have a matching one as an option so she quickly texted me asking if it was weird to have a mismatched chair/ottoman combo. I responded with a resounding “NO! It can look great!”

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photo by kaitlin green | from: farmhouse living room reveal

Of course, there are matching sets like Em’s vintage chair and ottoman above that look awesome together. But personally, I prefer a more mixed-matched, eclectic look.

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photo by tessa neustadt | from: new spring target collection

First off, it’s an easy way to mix up styles in the same room. Take this photo above that Emily styled for Target in her old LA house. That chair is decidedly on the traditional side while the pouf is far more organic. But together they look great.

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photo by bethany nauert | from: fdr chic sunroom reveal

Or let’s look at the FDR chic sunroom Emily designed for her dear friend, Ian Brennan. While there is a mix of a few different styles in this room, the pairing of the wingback chair and leather Moroccan pouf is such a fun combo!

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photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: mountain house living room reveal

So while I don’t 100% think that Em intended this braided pouf to be paired with either of her accent chairs, see how good it looks with them!? That’s the beauty of choosing something that’s more neutral because well, it clearly can be very versatile.

Now, let’s real talk. There are a million stunning VERY expensive options on the market. The initial favorite my cousin and I found was over $1k. However, that price just isn’t realistic for most of us…especially for a not “totally essential” furniture piece. So below are 10 poufs and ottomans (including the one she decided on:)) that are almost all under $150!

In terms of sizing, we recommend that the ottoman is at most the same height as the seat height of your chair but a few inches lower is great:) And of course, you don’t want it wider than your chair either. Always measure before you buy! Ok, let’s look at these cuties…

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Wide Round Pouf Ottoman

I really love this one! The shape is so chic (very Athena Calderone x Crate & Barrel vibes). It also comes in cream if you’d prefer it in a light color.

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Teddy Fabric Footrest Ottoman

Organic Brutalism or Organic Postmodern, you decide! Either way, this is a very cool ottoman option that looks more expensive than it is ($115). It comes in two other darker options too:)

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Pillow Top Ottoman

Speaking of Athena Calderone x Crate & Barrel vibes, this ottoman is under $100 and has the prettiest details. I love love the ball accent on the legs. 10/10

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Ronja Upholstered Ottoman

This is the most expensive one on the list but I couldn’t not include it (also, this is the last boucle option:)). I just think this stool is fun but classic and simple. It also comes in white but is a little pricier.

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Talbert Ottoman

We here at EHD say that muted greens and blues (and sometimes pinks) are neutrals! So this green velvet stunner would be a great chair companion for a room that is calling for a tiny bit of soft color. Doesn’t this ottoman remind you of Emily’s living room sofas??

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Wellford Faux Leather Woven Cube

Here we go! Leather!! What an undeniably versatile material (even if it’s faux:)). What’s so great about this one is the woven element because it’s got that visual interest but not in an overwhelming way. I think this could work in almost any home.

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Unstuffed Faux Leather Pouf Cover

But if you want something a little simpler and richer in color, here is a $27 pouf cover! You do need to buy filling but it’s still very affordable and so pretty.

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Wool Wrap Natural Pouf

This beauty was the one my cousin chose! The texture is beautiful, the rounded shape is the perfect contrast to the square chair and sectional in her living room and it’s just pretty. 10/10 would recommend (but no shoes allowed:))

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Ashalyn Upholstered Ottoman

Now, if you don’t want to have to worry about any kind of dirt showing on your ottoman then this black boucle beauty would be perfect (ah, sorry I forgot I had one more in boucle). It’s like a modern mushroom and I think is super fun and would work with a bunch of different styles. Oh, and it also comes in cream:)

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Ren Black Weave Pouf

Last but not least, I thought I’d throw in a little pattern! If you want something neutral but playful then I think this is a great option.

There you have it! I hope this was helpful and have a great weekend.

Love you, mean it.

Opening Image Credits: Design by Julie Rose for EHD | Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: One of Emily’s Best Friends Gets The Cozy Yet Sophisticated Bedroom Makeover She Really Deserves





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