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Modern living room ideas – 10 trends, designs, and layouts for a contemporary space

by Monika Bürger
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Modern living room ideas and contemporary architecture can make a style statement while perfectly chiming with its environment. Success depends on using the right materials and opting for a sleek design that results in an effective blend of old and new. 

Less is more, so be careful not to over-design. Bear in mind too that very modern designs can sometimes feel stark and clinical, so balance this by introducing warmth with plenty of texture, wood, and layered lighting to add interest. 

The use of texture is vital when it comes to living room ideas, and no more so than in a modern living room. Shiny, flat glass looks wonderful against rough stone, while steel, used sparingly creates a sleek, modern contrast.

MODERN LIVING ROOM IDEAS

Let our carefully curated selection of modern living room ideas inspire you to be brave with your color scheme, try a new layout, or tackle the latest trends.

1. DIVIDE WITH A BROKEN-PLAN LAYOUT

Open plan living room with white walls, pink chairs and pocket doors
(Image credit: Robert Sanderson / Future)

From internal glazing, pocket doors to screens and dividers, a smart broken-plan living room is a  versatile way to enhance modern living.

Broken-plan schemes are the new, post-pandemic, practical alternative to open-plan spaces. This modern living room layout can be much more practical than a traditional space, allowing different members of the family to inhabit the same ‘room‘ without distracting or interrupting each other. 

When planning how to design a living room, think: screens, partitions, and even the intelligent use of furniture to create multiple ‘zones‘ within one space.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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2. CREATE A CONTEMPORARY OPEN-PLAN LIVING ROOM

Open plan room with white walls, wood floor and pastel furniture
(Image credit: James Merrell / Future)

An open-plan living room offers versatility for the way we live today and is great for modern family homes. 

Open-plan living is a popular choice, with many contemporary schemes now eschewing the traditional sitting space for a more informal area that blends neatly with the kitchen and dining space

From a design angle, open-plan spaces allow you to unify the details, textures, and materials across the entire room to achieve really impressive results that will stand the test of time,’ says Jamee Kong of DesignSpace London.

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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3. INTRODUCE ELEMENTS OF TEXTURE

Modern living room with fireplace, white walls and green chairs
(Image credit: James Merrell / Future)

Interior designers use texture in the form of tactile objects like fabrics, wood, and stone to add physical comfort and visual interest to a modern living space. 

Consider texture to be as important as color and pattern,’ says Camilla Clarke, Creative Director at Albion Nord. ‘There is nothing worse than a flat design. Interiors are all about evoking the senses and therefore texture is a vital ingredient to every design to get our sight and touch senses going.’

Rough and coarser textures like reclaimed wood or terracotta have more ‘visual weight‘ and create a rustic aesthetic, while smooth or shiny textures, including metals like chrome, reflect more light and create a more contemporary finish.

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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4. STAY ON TREND WITH CURVACEOUS FURNITURE

Modern living room with curved sofa and wood floor
(Image credit: Davide Lovatti / Future)

With the significance today on the home as a family space, regimented rows of furniture can look a little stark and clinical. 

The answer? Curves, cylindrical and tubular furniture. Full-on voluptuous or gently rounded, curvaceous furniture will lift the layout and soften the overall look of your room, adding a subtle touch of shaping to your décor.

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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5. BE BRAVE WITH COLOR COMBINATIONS

Modern living room with blue walls, patterned curtains and red accessories
(Image credit: Jon Day Photography )

Inspired by the vibrant patterns and ebullient hues seen on the catwalk, color is bringing new energy to interiors in 2022.

This modern living room trend can be found in new, bright living room paint ideas and colorful accessories – providing a much-needed sense of relief and escapism in these trying times.   

Sometimes clients are hesitant about following color trends, believing that it will either make too much of a statement or date too quickly,’ says interior designer Rebecca Leivars. ‘One single block of a bold color can be the making of a scheme; it’s a great way to lift a room design.’   

When selecting living room color schemes, my best advice would be to look around you,’ explains Leivars. ‘If you live in a city, stronger hues, such as reds, greens, and yellows, can look great against our gray-blue skyline.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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6. PLAY WITH PATTERN IN A MODERN SPACE

Dulux-Heritage-Romney-Wool
(Image credit: Dulux)

Carefully chosen pattern is a great way to introduce modernity to a living room. ‘It can be used to define a space and change the tone of different areas,’ advises Bunny Turner, interior designer at Turner Pocock

The key is to start with a fabric that has a distinct pattern featuring more than three colors. From that fabric, choose the colors to be used in the scheme, then select a combination of designs in that palette – perhaps a stripe, a geometric, a floral, and a textural option such as coarse linen or herringbone.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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7. TAKE INSPIRATION FROM MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Mid-century modern style living room with modern art, white walls and curved chairs
(Image credit: James Merrell / Future)

With their classic looks, straight lines, and pared-back style, mid-century style goes hand-in-hand with modern living room ideas. 

Simplicity in design and styling is key when it comes to recreating this aesthetic, along with a lack of ornamentation and a limited color palette. Invest in functional, fluid furniture and abstract prints based on natural shapes – rediscovered and reinterpreted for today’s modern interiors and lifestyles.

Square now means trendy and stylish. (We’ve updated Wikipedia and have word out to Merriam Webster… they’re getting back to us.) With our wood wall art’s multi-square design, you have the power to adjust the spacing between each section to form exactly the right look. Available in three sizes.

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8. SPARK JOY WITH A MINIMALIST AESTHETIC

Modern living room with minimalist monochrome interior
(Image credit: Anna Stathaki / Future)

When it comes to interior design, less is often more, especially in a modern living room. 

When selecting a living room paint idea, it pays to keep it simple and understated. A monochrome decorating scheme is a minimal yet modern choice that requires an element of bravery, as it requires careful editing and a strong design eye. Introduce plenty of texture and tone to stop the space look stark or clinical, and bring in subtle tonal variety for character and charm. 

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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9. MODERNIZE WITH A TIMELESS COLOR SCHEME

Modern living room with modern taupe furnishings
(Image credit: Anna Stathaki / Future)

Don’t be put off by an all-white color scheme. You can avoid white looking too clinical or sterile by decorating with neutrals

This versatile neutral is one of the most popular shades for interiors. White offers a blank canvas that illuminates dark spaces and makes even the smallest space feel light and bright. Introduce textural details to create interest and layers – and to ensure the room still feels warm and cozy.

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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10. GO FOR A DARK AND DRAMATIC SCHEME

Black living room with pink sofa and bookcase
(Image credit: Frenchie Cristogatin / Future)

Daring and audacious, black living room ideas are a smart choice for a modern scheme. Plus, they can add refined confidence to your space like no other color.

Decorating with black gives you the blank canvas you need to add in either accent of bright color or warmth with natural materials. And, don’t forget to paint the ceiling for added effect. ‘Whilst dark colors tend to close you in, black has the magical quality of infinity,’ says Patrick O’Donnell, Farrow & Ball’s Brand Ambassador. 

If going for an all-over black living room is not for you, then go for a grey living room color scheme instead.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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HOW CAN I MAKE MY LIVING ROOM MODERN?

Modern living rooms tend to be quite pared back in terms of furniture, furnishings, and accessories. Color schemes are similarly muted, with natural shades, such as white, cream, beige, or grey – and black for the bold – the most likely color choices for walls, floors, and artwork in particular. Modern living rooms depend on a good supply of natural daylight, streamlined furnishings, and fuss-free upholstery, too.

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