Modern Living Room Ideas To Bring Your Space Up To Date

When you think about ‘modern interiors’, what springs to mind? Simple and chic or cold and impersonal? Whatever you may think, one thing’s for sure – the term ‘modern’ often divides opinion within the decorating world, and probably within your friendship group too! We’re here to show you that contemporary living rooms can be warm and welcoming, and where they may lack the frills and fancies of their more extravagant counterparts, they more than make up for it with their cool sense of style. Read on for our modern living room ideas…

Modern sofa and armchair designs

First things first, modern and minimal doesn’t have to mean hostile and unhomely. Clean lines and no-frills can still result in a cosy living area you won’t want to leave. The key is to start with a comfortable sofa and then combine this with touch-me textures to add warmth and depth to the room.

Pink velvet 2 seater sofa

Arguably one of the best things about modern décor is that it is continuously evolving to optimise not just it’s fashion credentials, but its functional uses too. Multi-tasking sofas not only look lounge-worthy but also double up as a comfortable bed for those last-minute overnight guests.

Corner sofas are also particularly popular in modern interiors, making the most of floor space, as well as often offering secret storage space. Whilst you can’t go wrong with a grey style which will seamlessly complement the rest of your décor, opt for a bold green colour palette to bring a pop of colour to your space.

Alternatively, consider a modern leather sofa or notice-me armchair for a cool edge. Or if you fancy something a little different, a cluster of contemporary chairs for the living room can provide a modern substitute to a sofa. The great thing about modern design is that anything (that looks good) goes.

Wooden, faux leather armchair


Contemporary living room furniture ideas

Modern design is perfect for those who favour minimalism as it strips out all unnecessary elements, resulting in a simple and streamlined aesthetic. Modern living room furniture, therefore, must earn its place in the room, offering not just style, but function too.

Solid oak TV stand with ceramic table lamp

Simple furnishings and clean-lined accessories work together to create an open, airy space, but to keep things from feeling boring or sterile, it’s worth playing with furniture shapes, mixing things up with contrasting curved and straight lines. Every modern living room needs at least one statement piece, and there’s no reason why it can’t be an antique, a vintage piece or something completely unusual. This ORRICO brass design is the perfect contemporary side table for a living room, shining out against the otherwise neutral colour palette.

Blue velvet sofa with gold coffee tables

If your living room is on the small size, you can easily make it appear larger with a white colour palette and see-through furnishings – both of which lend themselves well to a modern aesthetic.


How to create ambience with modern living room lighting

The right living room lighting is essential, preventing a modern space from looking too stark and adding to the room’s overall warmth and ambience.

Contemporary living room lighting is anything but boring – think dramatic conceptual pieces and unusual lighting effects.

Living room lighting designs

Marble and brass are the materials to tap into this season, making some of our new season lighting the perfect contemporary table lamp for your living room. Dimmer switches are ideal for creating ambient lighting so look for options with this feature. Softening the light will create a calming environment in which to sit back and unwind, and is also ideal for evenings spent with friends, creating an intimate, relaxing atmosphere and encouraging the flow of comfortable conversation.

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Modern living room decorating tips and colour schemes

When it comes to modern living room colours, cooler shades in particular speak to the aesthetic of modern design.

Since contemporary interiors are all about simplicity, white is the natural go-to hue. It’s also the optimal backdrop for adding a touch of personality through wall art, soft furnishings and accessories, be it a pop of colour here or a spot of pattern there.

Made popular by the Scandi interior trend, grey has also become an increasingly desirable shade in modern lounge décor. Combine with black furniture and copper accessories for a sleek and urban look.

Grey upholstered 3 seater sofa with pink cushions and oak coffee table

What modern living room accessories can you use to complete the look?

Modern design is generally about minimalism but that doesn’t mean your living room can’t have its own distinct personality. In fact, a contemporary living room provides the perfect foundation for a statement accessory or two. Look to boldly printed cushions to liven up the sofa, a colour-popping rug to brighten the room, or gather some modern pictures for your lounge and create a wow-factor feature wall. Vibrant prints will look great, but the graphic combination of black and white is also ideal for the often graphic sensibilities of modern design.

Yellow upholstered sofa with patterned cushions, red rug and black coffee table


Just remember, despite the fact that there are guidelines for every style of decorating, there really are no rules. The key is to follow your own sense of style and have fun!

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