Modernism is being praised by every single YouTube home expert, architect, interior designer, and design blogger.
Because modern is such a broad design category and allows for so much variety, you and your sensibility can be as free-spirited as you choose. We believe it is obvious what this interior design trend is not, even though there may be an official definition floating about.
Modern design does not follow a set pattern; rather, it is influenced by the most popular artistic movements of the day. Nowadays, modern decor integrates many different design trends, such as minimalism, bohemianism, eclectic, rustic, and modern tropics.
Additionally, we find that contemporary design has a hidden agenda. Here are some Modern Living Room Ideas
If you like color, use color.
We genuinely admire Francesca Piliego’s use of a vibrant color scheme in her Barcelona residence, even though traditional modern designs typically have walls that are stark white. She uses pinks, grays, and white in a way that is still very modern but with a pop art influence.
Go big with bold artwork.
Nothing enhances a cool, contemporary setting like art. Take inspiration from Rasmus Warnke Nrregaard’s Copenhagen residence and combine low-slung furniture with a painting that is full of personality. To create a contemporary atmosphere in your living space, all you need is one eye-catching object.
If you think a completely modern look is too cold, you can keep the neutral colors and simple furniture but add warm Southwestern touches, like the terracotta throw pillows and rattan accessories in this Parisian apartment.
Marry modern style with southwestern accents.
Use color to give a contemporary living room charm. Erin Conway’s deep navy accent wall is right on trend, and the light pink chairs bring in yet another modern, vivacious design element.
Add a statement wall.
Get creative with layered artwork.
Certainly in keeping with today’s current aesthetic are abstract murals. Grab a paintbrush, and on the wall of the living room, design a unique form or mural. Even better if you can incorporate it into a space’s architecture, like one homeowner did. It’s a simple and reasonably priced way to add a lot of visual impact to a room.
Design with black and white.
Almost any place looks more modern when black and white are used together.
How successful this mix may be is demonstrated by this gorgeous Texas restoration. Here, the white ceiling and accent pieces contrast wonderfully with the dramatic black floor-to-ceiling fireplace.
Go light on accessories.
Reduce the number of items you exhibit for a simple, contemporary style. Reduce clutter and only keep things on display that truly mean something to you, as recommended by Marie Kondo. This mid-century modern living room does a great job at it, and we love it.
Stick with lighter tones.
The ideal choice for this magnificent modern living room in Seattle was light-colored furnishings. This room’s centerpiece are the floor-to-ceiling windows, thus the use of light wood and blush pink accents is completely appropriate.
Small but cohesive.
The modern living room appearance can be achieved in even the smallest room. It’s crucial to maintain coherence throughout. The living area in this 140 square foot micro-apartment in NYC has a sophisticated, premium air thanks to the minimal additions and the use of a brown and white color scheme.
As demonstrated in this stunning remodel by @nataliehagerinteriors, stone and marble have a place in a contemporary living room. Here, black and white marble that extends from the floor to the ceiling surrounds a highly contemporary fireplace.
Try using colorful furniture.
We are impressed by Lauren MacLean’s daring use of ochre, light pink, and violet in her contemporary Montreal apartment with a Parisian flair. The colorful furniture contrasts the stark white walls quite effectively. It’s a contemporary design interpretation that has a slightly funky feel to it.
Bring the outside in.
Both traditional and contemporary residences are distinguished by their expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows. The aesthetic was brilliantly realized by designer Emily Henderson in her “contemporary organic” Los Angeles project. Without construction, you might not be able to replicate this identical effect in your room, but you can allow your windows be open to let more light in.
Opt for low-slung furniture.
Simple, low-slung furniture will give your living space a very contemporary atmosphere. We Are Scout showcased this stylish modern-industrial Sydney property, whose interior designers, Arent & Pyke, nailed the aesthetic. Appearance for leather, marble, iron, and other tactile elements to get the modern, minimal look.
Fuse modern and contemporary.
The best rooms occasionally combine two slightly dissimilar yet complementing styles. Designer Emily Henderson combined both modern and contemporary elements to create this room. The accent chairs and drapes offer a hint of modern flair, while the sofa and light fixtures are more contemporary.
Experiment with statement lighting.
Modern interiors frequently have a single eye-catching accent, and lighting is a fantastic place to start looking. In this instance, a sculptural statement chandelier adds a playful touch to a minimalist modern setting. Consider a starburst light fixture, which is a signature design of the contemporary movement and is seen in this gorgeous Stockholm residence.
Mix hard and soft furniture
We adore the rounded, 1980s-inspired couch that interior designer Brittany Shields created, especially when paired with her angular, contemporary plinth table. This contrast of plush and linear with harsh and soft textures is really hot right now.
Add personality with funky artwork.
Don’t feel constrained to only using statement paintings and photos as your wall decor. Jess Bunge, the homeowner, displayed creativity in her compact living space with a three-dimensional abstract line squiggle from Katie Gong Design and sculpture-like mushroom lighting. Your modern living space will be more intriguing the more you can mix up the “art” that you decide to show.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Modern design is ideal for small-space living because of its “less is more” ethos. Take inspiration from Rachael and Ryan Lambert’s New York City studio and choose a monochromatic, extremely white color scheme and simple furnishings to make the room feel larger.
Embrace mid-century modern vibes.
We still drool over a fully realized mid-century environment even though mid-century modern may be losing favor. Take a cue from this Sydney home and choose furnishings with natural wood, green hues, and clean lines.
Add boho flair with fun throw pillows.
Despite the fact that Arlyn Hernandez’s home deftly blends traditional, modern, and contemporary design elements, her throw cushions, blanket, and rug add warmth and a charming bohemian touch.
Boho and modern are not mutually exclusive, especially in a living room with good design.
Leave your natural wood exposed.
Natural materials work well in modern homes, which frequently include a lot of exposed wood. Instead of painting your windows, ceiling, or fireplace mantel, think about refinishing the wood. In the living room of her contemporary mountain home, Emily Henderson did just that, and it was a game-changer.
Try a plinth table.
In our humble opinion, Julie and Matt Stephenson’s monochrome home’s magnificent marble plinth table is its most notable element. Build your color scheme around the serene tones of a magnificent marble piece like this if you want to go completely modern.
Select a tonal color palette.
Utilizing a trendy tonal color scheme will help you update your modern look for the twenty-first century. Like this Dulux home that was featured on We Are Scout, don’t be afraid to paint the walls a vivid hue of blue or green. It will make decorating so much simpler because you can look for items in a tonally restricted, finely trimmed palette.
Play with accent chairs.
As shown in Mel Burstin’s Silverlake home, many modern living rooms blend a more contemporary sofa with accent chairs from a different era. The straight couch, coffee table, and bookshelf unit contrast beautifully with the circular chairs.
Breathe life into your space with greenery.
Meet modernism reinterpreted for the urban inhabitant of the twenty-first century. As seen in this Montreal home, this style wouldn’t be complete without plants, plants, and more plants. Despite clichés, we wholeheartedly support using greenery to soften your contemporary style, whether it be large trees or little succulent pots.