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Living Room Design Ideas

Modern Living Room Ideas For A Modern Home

Every single design blogger, architect, interior designer, and home guru on youtube is preaching "modern," "modern," "MODERN!". It's because Modern is a broad genre of design and makes room for variety, thereby not constraining you and your sensibilities. Indeed, there is an official definition of this interior design style floating somewhere, but we find it easy to understand what it is not, rather than what it is. 

Modern design does not follow a set template - it channels the art movement that's predominant in this period. Present-day modern decor involves many movements- Minimalism, Bohemian, Eclecticism, Rustic, and Millenial tropics. And a common thread that we see running in contemporary decor is that it has future pointing.  Here are some modern living room ideas for you.

Keep It Minimalistic

Modern minimal living room designSource:

Modern minimal usually espouses clean lines and a uniform color scheme. A living room with a running color scheme across the walls, the furniture, the paintings, and light, creates those clean lines. Interior Designers love using neutral whites and grays in minimal living rooms. These provide a basic building block for the design. The central theme to a minimal living room that isn't bland is to have an accent piece. It could be a sofa, art, or even sculptural decor that is complemented by other minimal parts in the room. Minimal living rooms are not afraid of highlighting excess space, making the area look bolder and chicer. 

Living Room For Your Bohemian Soul

Modern living room design with a touch of bohemian design Source: Elle Decor

What's fantastic about bohemian themed decor is that you can use as many colors or as little color and bling as you like. Bohemian decor plays with different textures- mostly of ethnic weaves. For instance, the above design is made from a heavy-duty display of velvet and suede. To create an extra dimension, the designer has added a striped center table as well. Go bold with paintings and art since boho gives you the license to do just that. If you love putting colors, prints, and textures out there, this modern living room is for you. When working in a space like this, a neutral color white or taupe wall will help expand the visual size of the room.

Eclecticism Or Call It Mid-Century Modernism

Modern Eclectic Home

This style evolved out of a need to revive furniture and art from the mid-'50s. The plushness of metal and wood was a movement that picked up pace back then and added that element of luxury to otherwise dull rooms. Look for sofas that have wide seats and broad headboards. Add poufs as they're making a huge comeback. Eclecticism also gives you a license to play with color, but be sure to use metal accents to create a mid-century modern living room.

Rustic Living Rooms For Your Environment-Friendly Soul

Rustic living room with a touch of modern

Rustic living rooms make eco-friendly living incredibly stylish by allowing you to upcycle old family favorites. Key things to note while designing a modern rustic living room are wood accents, neutral color palette, soft furnishing, and cozy textiles. Think of a warmer color palette like camel leathers, deep grays and lush browns. There is a focas on organic materials in this style as well, so adding in granites, reclaimed woods and metals in low table heights and clean lines adds the perfect finishing touch. 

Tropical Theme For The Holiday Obsessed

Tropical modern living room idea

Millennial living has managed to sneak into mainstream modern design and people across all generations are finding themselves turning into tropical-themed set-ups. There's not too much to do here. Pick solid colored furniture and rugs (preferably in peaches, creams, and beiges). Go for plush rug textures that ooze luxury and frame leaf prints. If you want to go bold, you can have a highlight wall that espouses these prints. For added drama, pick up neon-colored elements like the light fixtures displayed on the wall. Neutral colors, metals and a bold print define this modern tropical styling.


Transitional Designs For The Conservative Ones

Modern Living Room

Designers and bloggers alike can be talking about modern design all they want, but if you don’t feel fully comfortable, there’s no value in adding it to your home. A classic neutral color scheme, paired with some modern-looking furniture pieces, can give you that transitional look and still provide you with enough wow factor. Adding an accent pop of colors can bring a classic space to a more modern-looking living room without changing too much about the room.To nail transitional modern design, look for classic masculine lines like the sectional sofa above and mix it with more feminine chairs like the blue ones. This blend of old and new makes for the perfect transitional design.


Going All-in With A Dramatic Modern Living Room

Glam Living Room

If you’re ready to take the plunge and go all-in with your modern decor, then this monochromatic living room must be your source of inspiration. The dramatic statement walls with geometric wallpaper are what sets this room apart. There’s no need to add any wall art, although a rose quartz accessory breaks up the wall and creates an intended focal point. Metallic accents add the modern touch, and the velvety couch adds that contemporary vibe to complete the room.

Peace & Serenity In a Modern Space

White Living Room

A modern living room doesn’t have to be about bold statements and accent pieces. Take this space, for example, its monochromatic white and gray color scheme make it exude an air of peacefulness and serenity. The key is to add textured accents and natural elements like wood, greenery, and metals to add interest to the space. Of course, the modern element is brought with clean and sharp lines, velvet-upholstered sofas, and sleek decorative pieces. You will notice that maxi or oversized coffee tables can serve as a great way to make the room seem more spacious for these types of living rooms.

Modern Coastal Inspiration

White Living Room Design

Coastal design is frequently traditional or classic, but it can also be modern and contemporary. For example, this living room features soft blue tones that bring out the ocean reference without being too literal. The rug mimics the ripple pattern a stone makes when dropped in water, and other elements like the crystal coffee table relate to coastal vibes. The low-profile furniture pieces, the accent hints of natural wood, and the clean lines in the furniture bring out the modern vibes. 

Mixing Your Style With Modern Design

Sometimes your home’s design is already set. By choosing low-profile, mid-century style furniture, you can set an inviting vibe that screams modern aesthetic. Swapping light fixtures for a modern statement sculpture, like a sputnik chandelier, is another great example of how you can infuse a modern aesthetic with your current style. Just remember, that modern design breaks down to simplistic design choices that are well balanced (in color, lines and visual weight), mix new and old and share common grounding elements (like hues, patterns and metal finishes).

Decor and design have become so much more accessible than it was a few years ago. Vision boards are easy to find, and quirky home elements are easy to source. We hope you find some inspiration from these ideas.

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