Living rooms are where guests are entertained, and where families spend quality time together. Therefore, it is perhaps one of the most important rooms when it comes to decorating your home.
If you need some ideas on ways to decorate your living room, look no further. In this article, we will take a look at 69 beautiful, modern living room ideas which are sure to give your space a comfortable, contemporary feel.
Stylish Modern Living Rooms
Style may be subjective, but we are certain that you’ll find the perfect living room design for you. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
1. Pastel Walls
Wondering if you should opt for a wall color that’s subdued and calm, or colorful and bold? With pastel-colored walls, you can get the best of both worlds! The pink walls in this image lend the room a fun-yet-airy feel while allowing the green accent colors to shine!
2. Timeless and Monochromatic
A top tip for those seeking a modern, sleek look? Use the same color with different hues! The room above is decorated with various shades of grey – dark gray for the wall, a light gray couch, and a medium-shade gray for the throw pillows. The end result is amazing!
3. Blue Family Room
Unless you’re a workaholic who works in their living room, the family room is where you go to spend quality time with your family. We think there’s no better color than blue to set the tone for a calm, relaxing time.
This living room uses multiple shades of blue without going overboard. Mixing subtle shades of blue with their bolder counterparts gives this theme an added dimension. The strategically chosen paintings and throw cushions add to the cohesiveness of the decor.
4. Cool and Fresh
Gray and white can make a room look sleek and clean, but what if you wanted a minimalist look with a fun twist? Enter this mint-and-gray combo, which adds character to what would otherwise be a relatively common interior decor style. Opting for mint gives this room a decidedly cool, fresh vibe.
5. Rustic Etageres
Do you have a collection of little knickknacks from your travels? Looking for a space to display your family photos? Bookcases are a common option, but tend to be bulky. Consider an etagere, which allows you to display your items while keeping things airy and open in your room!
We love the use of rustic etageres in the image above. They look fantastic flanking the window, and add to the charm and coziness of the room!
6. Contemporary Industrial
This living room shows us that it is entirely possible to use industrial elements as part of the interior decor, without letting it overshadow the rest of the room. The unfinished concrete walls serve as the perfect backdrop to the blue-themed room, while the natural light streaming in from the tall window keeps things bright and well-lit.
7. Mustard Against Brown
Looking for something that blends the old with the new? Check out this mustard and brown color combo! The brown curtains, hardwood floors, and wood detailing on the lamp imbue the room with a sense of timelessness and warmth. Meanwhile, the mustard yellow couch gives the room a bold jolt of energy, while still blending into the overall decor of the room.
8. At One With Nature
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home surrounded by lush greenery, we highly recommend integrating mother nature as part of your interior decor. This will lend a sense of tranquility to the space.
A good way to do so is by incorporating floor-to-ceiling windows. This gives you a breathtaking view of the surroundings while allowing you to enjoy lots of sunlight.
9. Wooden Wall Panel
We absolutely love the way a wooden wall panel has been used to create a sense of depth to this living room! Placing the wall panel right behind a fireplace also allows this rustic element to take center stage, making it clear that this space is full of warmth and joy.
10. 3D Photo Collage
Photo collages can be a great way to pay homage to the things and people who inspire you, but have you ever considered making a 3D photo collage? Check out this version, which features framed photos of various sizes overlapping one another!
Taking up an entire wall, this delicately arranged 3D photo collage doubles as an eye-catching art installation. We guarantee that this show-stopper will transform your space.
11. Japanese-Inspired Decor
This room features several elements that pay homage to Japanese-style decor. The tatami (rice straw mats) are a common fixture in Japanese private homes, while the low table reminds one of the chabudais introduced as part of the Meiji restoration.
12. Tray Ceilings
Tray ceilings (sometimes known as recessed ceilings) add a beautiful touch to rooms, especially those with high ceilings. Not only do they create depth in a room, but they also transform a bland ceiling into a focal point.
13. Red and White
Red looks especially crisp against the starkness of a white surface, which is why we wholeheartedly approve of this red-and-white living room design. The white coffee table, couches, and vase serve as a perfect backdrop to the bright red accent wall.
14. Wall-Mounted TV
What’s the best way of placing a TV in your living room if you have limited space? Consider mounting it to the wall! This technique will allow you to save some floor space, while elevating the TV to a good viewing height. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
15. Contemporary Fireplaces
Traditional fireplaces will always hold a special place in our hearts, but their contemporary counterparts have been steadily gaining popularity for their functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Whether you want a sleek, futuristic design with flush-mounted steel frames or a clean, panoramic design like the one pictured above, you’ll find yourself with tons of options.
16. Modern Space Age
Check out these pod-shaped couches! Incorporating elements from the mid-20th century space age, this living room radiates an aura that is simultaneously modern and nostalgic. By featuring the same black-and-white color combination on the couch and the rug, the room showcases a fresh take on space-age style decor.
17. Geometric Shapes
Playing around with geometrical shapes can be a great way to create a balanced, aesthetically pleasing living room. A great way to do this is to mix shapes with hard lines against shapes with softer lines.
We love the way cylinders and hard angles are used in the living room above – both shapes get their share of the limelight, creating a one-of-a-kind look for the living room!
18. Zebra Themed
While a black-and-white room would feature solid-colored pieces, a zebra-themed room takes on a life of its own by featuring both colors in every piece.
From the walls to the carpets and the couches, everything in this room has been thoughtfully selected to contain both black and white colors. This makes the room look spunky, yet clean and modern. Truly the best of both worlds!
19. Glass-Top Coffee Table
Because coffee tables usually go in the middle of a living room, they can cause a room to feel small, cramped, or crowded. If this is an issue you face, consider opting for a glass-top coffee table. Being able to see through the table when it is not in use will make your room feel less cluttered – perfect if you’re working with limited space!
20. Minimalist Meets Earthy Tones
While brown is often touted as the antithesis to a minimalist, all-white space the two colors actually go perfectly together, creating a harmonious color combination. Using both colors in this room makes one feel idyllic and calm. You can also replicate this effect using cool throw pillows for your brown couches.
21. White on White
The white-on-white trend makes a room feel larger because it reflects more light. This living room features white walls, white couches, white lighting fixtures, and even a stark white canvas!
Because this trend can be polarizing, we recommend checking out this article for some tips on how to pull off all-white interiors perfectly.
22. Playful Mint-on-Gray Combo
Rather than making the space look cool and calm, mint adds an element of playfulness to this living room. The scallop-edged lamp shade creates a touch of whimsy, while the plump, fluffy cushions radiate a warm, welcoming vibe.
23. Arc Floor Lamp
If you’re looking for an elegant, functional lamp that requires no overhead fixtures, look no further than the arc floor lamp. The elegant curve of its body creates a modern, classy ambiance that’s hard to beat.
The dramatic, dark-colored version in this photo fits the decor of the living room perfectly, tying everything together while serving as a showstopping piece of furniture.
24. Contemporary Rustic
This living room is the perfect example of a contemporary rustic style. It merges rustic elements such as unfinished wood with the clean, sparse decor one would typically find in a modern, minimalist home. This mishmash of styles truly gives you the best of both worlds!
25. Bold-Colored Walls
Are you inspired by energetic spaces? Painting your walls with bright, bold colors can create excitement in your living room.
To allow your bold-colored walls to shine, opt for furniture in nondescript shapes and neutral colors. You’ll find it easier to find pieces that complement your wall, without stealing the show! Check out this article for more tips on how to paint your walls a strong color.
26. Neon-Themed Decor
Here’s another design tip that will imbue your space with a jolt of energy – consider using neon-themed decor! Lime green is clearly the dominant color in this living room, which gives it a youthful, fun, and modern vibe.
Pro tip: It’s always a good idea to juxtapose energetic colors against calmer shades. This living room pulls off the delicate balance perfectly.
27. Textured Accent Wall
Accent walls add dimension to your living space, making them a go-to option for many interior decorators. The use of grey, rectangular panels lends a sense of calmness to the overall space, while their stepped arrangement keeps things edgy and youthful.
The textured accent wall also draws the eye to the paintings, making this the perfect interior decor tip for those of you who want to show off your favorite works of art.
28. Tropical Mural
Can’t go to the beach? Bring the beach to you! We love the way this space looks like a tropical island – the tan furniture and rugs remind one of sand, while the dark accent wall features palm trees. With accent walls playing a key role in setting the vibe of the room, it’s hardly a surprise that we feel vacation-ready!!
29. Dark and Intimate
There’s a reason why bars and jazz clubs opt for decor that’s dark – it creates a sense of coziness and intimacy, setting the stage for meaningful exchanges. The same effect has been replicated in this room. With its dim lighting, dark wall, and understated furniture, this is the perfect living room for a deep conversation.
30. Illuminated Shelves
Looking for the perfect way to display your favorite possessions? Consider using illuminated, or backlit shelves! Shelf lighting attracts attention to the items on display, while creating a dramatic, modern effect in your living room.
31. Red Patterns
The key to featuring an accent color is to repeat it in multiple ways throughout the room. And that’s exactly what this living room does! We see red cushions, a red pile rug, a red wall, and even red paintings, juxtaposed against white, neutral pieces. What a great way of bringing vitality to a modern space!
32. Waterfall Illusion
The optical illusion created by the floor-to-ceiling waterfall painting in this picture is truly spectacular. Water appears to descend from the ceiling and hit the ground, ending right where the white sofas are located. The overall effect is equal parts impressive and dramatic.
33. Minimalist and Spacious
Did someone say minimalism? Between the modular furniture, clean lines, and white-on-hardwood floor aesthetic, this living room perfectly epitomizes the minimalist aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize the light, cavernous nature of the space, bringing with it a sense of peace.
34. Emerald on Gold
This living room radiates opulence with its emerald green furniture and gold accents. The plush, emerald green couch looks inviting and luxurious, while the gold lighting fixture above it gives it a touch of glamour. The agate-inspired rug and chairs tie the room together, while providing a modern twist.
35. Recessed Shelves
Want to make your display shelves blend seamlessly into your room? Check out these recessed shelves, which look perfectly at home in this living room! Recessed shelves are perfect if you are working with limited space, or looking for a shelving option that doesn’t protrude out of the wall. To build your own, check out this link!
36. The Outdoorsman Retreat
If you’re the kind of person who loves the great outdoors, this one’s for you. This modern, contemporary space features elements that bring you back to nature, featuring a fireplace, several sculptures made of twigs, and a neat stack of firewood. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a seamless view of the greenery surrounding the house.
37. Art Gallery-Inspired Living Space
Allow your art collection to take center stage with this art gallery-inspired living room! The nondescript furniture and stark white interior provide the perfect backdrop for the stunning pieces of art that adorn the room. Meanwhile, the fireplace adds a homey touch to the space – it’s a living room, after all!
38. Caramel Couches
If you ask us, we think that couches are the most important feature in any living room. It’s where you entertain, have conversations, watch TV, munch on a snack, or take a nap! Given the couch’s importance in a living room, we think making it the centerpiece makes perfect sense. Just look at how beautiful these caramel couches look against the rest of the room!
39. Zen Tranquility
Do you find a sense of peace and tranquility at your favorite spa? This living room decor shows you just how you can replicate those zen vibes at home! The rhythmic repetition of simple wooden elements in the room lends creates a calming flow in the room, while the cozy yet clean decor appears warm and inviting.
40. Modular Cabinets
Modular cabinets mean maximum versatility. This living room incorporates modular cabinets of different colors and sizes, creating a contemporary look while allowing the cabinets to take center stage. What a way to combine style and functionality!
41. Sculptural Light Displays
Have you ever thought about making your lighting fixture a statement piece? This design idea features two eye-catching lamps in a minimalist living room. The clean interior decor allows these lamps to take center stage. Repeating the patterns used in the lamps creates a nice rhythm that lends to a cohesive feel.
42. Whimsy Modern
Between the swing and the cloud-like ceiling fixture, we’re convinced that this one’s for the daydreamers among us – the kind of people who can spend hours lost in the clouds. This living room balances these whimsical features with a touch of contemporary glitz – check out the copper coffee tables, and the natural wood accent wall!
43. Urban Chic
This living room truly puts the “chic” in urban chic! The marble block coffee table blends in seamlessly with the decor of the room, while providing a very cool, beautiful centerpiece for those taking a closer look. The photo on the wall uses the same color palette as the rest of the room, tying every element together.
44. Functional Investment Piece
Trust us when we tell you that a good couch is a solid investment piece. While there are many types of couches available on the market, this sturdy set was clearly built to last, and to look amazing while they’re at it. Leather is a durable, water-resistant material that looks better with age. Those days of fretting over stains and dated-looking sofas are over!
45. The Midas Touch
Check out the gold-covered wall in this room! King Midas would certainly approve. However, the appeal of this wall goes beyond its luxurious-looking exterior – it is also a strategic interior design choice. The flush-mounted fireplace invites one to a closer look at this unique feature, while the subtle reflections visible in the wall adds to the depth of the room.
46. Tiered Couch
We love this couch! Its unique shape invites guests to make themselves comfortable among the tiers. The lack of defined seats means that it can seat as few or as many people as it needs to, without making imposing rules on how much space one should take up. This is a couch that personifies fluidity and freedom, making it perfect for the young-at-heart.
47. Toying with Balance
What we love about this lounge is the way it plays around with both symmetrical and asymmetrical balance. The neatly arranged, identically sized pictures on the wall create a sense of calm and serenity. Meanwhile, the chairs make use of different silhouettes to introduce a touch of asymmetry and dynamism to the decor.
48. Bold Teal and Pastel Pink
Conventional wisdom advises against mixing jewel tones and pastel shades, but we think this living room combines the color families perfectly. The bold teal sets the tone by lending a regal touch to the room, while the small, pastel pink elements provide just the right amount of contrast to make these colors pop.
49. Bright Red and Green
Mixing red and green is a tricky undertaking for even the most seasoned interior decorators because the colors have a reputation for clashing. However, this color combination looks right at home in this living room. The red throw cushions look great against the angular, white couches, while the green painting gives the room a refreshing twist.
50. Loft-Style Living
Do you live in a loft? Lucky you! With its high ceilings and dramatic windows, lofts are the perfect mix of elegance and rustic charm. If a modern-style living room is your thing, check out this example! The decor is distinctly contemporary, but the room as a whole radiates a coziness thanks to the loft-style windows.
51. Crystal Chandeliers
Picture the ballroom dance scene from any Disney classic. What do they all have in common? That’s right – a crystal chandelier! Crystal chandeliers are perfect for living rooms because they create a sense of intimacy that is both romantic and magical. Place it in a room with lots of sunlight, and you’ll be able to enjoy its prismatic glow all day long!
52. Purple Statement Wall
Go dramatic with this bright purple statement wall! Purples come in a myriad of shades, but this bright number is sure to bring you a jolt of energy and joy. Purples compliment grays and whites perfectly, but this living room takes it a step further by also opting for clean detailing on all its furniture. This allows the bright, accent wall to truly shine.
53. Nature-Inspired Lighting Fixtures
Bright a subtle touch of nature to your living room with these nature-inspired lighting fixtures! The octopus-inspired lamp looks modern and sophisticated, while the fern-shaped overhead light is a work of art in its own right. Opt for light bulbs with similar shades to create cohesion in the room.
54. Red and Black
Red and black may be the color combo of choice for haunted houses, but this living room looks anything but spooky! These are both strong, bold colors that go perfectly together. Black represents timelessness and elegance, while bold red gives things a sultry touch.
55. White and Cozy
You would expect a room completely furnished in white to look cold and uninviting, but this living room really is the complete opposite. The creative use of different textures and subtle patterns gives this room a breath of life, making it feel cozy and inviting.
56. Soft Textiles
This room is warmth and comfort personified. Its fuzzy rug, casually draped blanket, and soft, plush cushions make one feel like taking a long nap in the couch’s gentle embrace. Brick walls and fresh flowers add to the modern, homely feel of the room.
57. Perfect Symmetry
Symmetrical balance has been proven to create feelings of calm in a room, and that is exactly what one feels when looking at this living room. The rectangular scrolls flanking the round window creates a sense of zen, harmony, and balance in the room, as does the perfectly symmetrical placement of the couch.
Coupled with the neutral color theme of the room, this truly looks like the perfect place for one to unwind and clear their mind.
58. Bright, Patterned Rug
Don’t you just love the contrast between the bright, patterned rug and the rest of the room? Colorful, fun pieces like this can lend a touch of child-like fun and playfulness to an otherwise classic-looking room. Placing the rug right beneath a sculptural light fixture also draws the eye to this interesting focal point, adding an element of visual interest.
59. Tan Neutrals
Tan is a highly popular color in interior decor because they are soft, warm, and flexible. This room shows us how beautiful tan can look when it is featured as the primary color. Using a variety of shades and natural materials allows one to appreciate the versatility of the color.
60. Rhythm Through Repetition
We are hard-wired to find a room aesthetically appealing when we spot repeated elements, and that’s exactly what this living room showcases. The use of a round light fixture, mirror, and footrest is a perfect example of rhythm through repetition. Spotting these elements gently guides our eyes through the flow of the room, allowing us to appreciate it fully.
61. Navy Statement
Have you ever wondered if dark colors can be used to make spaces appear larger? This living room shows us how it’s done by using navy blue to lengthen and widen the room! Placing a navy blue couch opposite a similarly colored wall draws one’s attention to the width of the room. How clever!
62. Angular vs. Curved
This image showcases yet another stellar example of well-executed repetition! The round elements in the room are large, and light gray in color. Meanwhile, the rectangular elements are smaller and come in shades of mint. The juxtaposition of the shapes, colors and sizes creates an overall effect that is both modern and balanced.
63. Black and White
This is yet another instance where our expectations are defied. Though this room is decorated entirely in black and white, it still manages to feel warm and homely. These are not adjectives typically associated with the black-and-white combo, but the ingenious use of textures and proportion make this room a cozy space in its own right.
64. Playful Primary Colors
This pink-teal-yellow combo presents a feminine, youthful take on the red-blue-yellow combination of primary colors. Though these colors contrast one another, they present a cohesive whole when used as accent pieces in a plainly furnished room.
65. Color Wheel Opposites
Though it may feel counter-intuitive, colors on opposite ends of the color wheel are complementary. To prove this concept, look no further than the way blue and orange are used as accent colors in this living room!
Orange lamps are placed next to bright blue curtains, while throw cushions in both colors are placed side by side. The fact that this room engenders a feeling of calm despite using bright, contrasting colors is a testament to the complementary qualities of color wheel opposites.
Modern Living Rooms with Aquarium
66. Floor-to-Ceiling Aquarium
Check out the massive scale of this aquarium! Save for a small gap between the top of the tank and the ceiling for maintenance purposes (using a good filter is necessary for this setup), this aquarium basically doubles as a feature wall. This stunning feature truly resembles a moving, living work of art.
67. Creative Room Dividers
This trick will be particularly useful for those living in tiny spaces – you can use eye-catching pieces of furniture as room separators! In this instance, the aquarium draws a boundary between the lounge and the entryway. The fireplace also mentally separates the seating area from the rest of the room. What a cool way to divvy up your space!
68. The Avid Aquarist
Are you someone who would gladly stare at an aquarium all day, in lieu of a television? If so, this interior design idea is for you! Placing your display tank against a dark backdrop places a visual emphasis on your aquarium. Now, you can observe the antics of your fish all day long!
69. Underwater Nook
Check out the way this aquarium is used to create a cozy, modern corner in the living room! Aquariums may look great as large centerpieces, but this particular tank shows us that an understated display has its charms.
We hope this article gave you some inspiration on how to decorate your living room. Most decor choices are a matter of personal style and preference, but sticking to the core principles of interior design will serve you well, no matter which idea you opt for.
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