If you like sleek, modern designs with structural elements and clean lines, you can describe your style as contemporary (especially if you like to follow the latest decoration trends). And if you are looking for inspiration for the design of a contemporary living room, you have come to the right place.
Our skilled designers have taken “contemporary” and broken it down into several smaller elements to make it easier. Here are 12 of her chic ideas that will inspire you to decorate your living room in a contemporary style.
1. Reduce clutter
Less is more. Contemporary doesn’t mean cold or minimalist; it just means warm, chic and personalized. So the key is to simplify your styling and make your decor subtly sophisticated.
Negative space (the bare space you leave between furniture, picture frames, etc.) is welcome, as is your personal treasures – this is where balance is key.
2. Strong visible lines
Strong lines – whether vertical, horizontal or curved – are a characteristic feature of contemporary living spaces. You can use lines in structural details and geometric shapes in decorative accents. You can also do it by color blocking some of your walls or furnishings.
Choose pieces of furniture that are bold and simple at the same time. For example, choose a sleek, curved Chesterfield sofa in any color – navy blue, beige, or even red – instead of an intricately carved rosewood sofa – this is one way to switch to the contemporary. Use this bold piece against a light background.
Use space-saving furniture and furniture with plenty of built-in storage space. The following coffee table set is a great space saver.
Hang up monochrome large format artwork, or bolder ones if the rest of the room is sober. Frame your work of art in glossy or matte black, wood or metal. Incorporate sculptural objects in bold colors if you want to make them stand out.
Use side tables made of metal, stone or glass. Just remember not to clutter the room with too many accent elements. Keep them few and well spaced.
Use interesting patterns or your own patterns in your fabric furnishings. But stay away from too many gaudy prints and colors. In a neutral room, use patterned pillows, striped window curtains, or a patterned rug – but stick to neutral hues. Also leave out fancy and heavy fringes and tassels from sofa covers, chairs and curtains.
6. Wall treatments
Choose wall colors of any hue, but in a modern living room, balance with neutral or more subtle hues. Use wallpaper to make it even better – just like in this room below.
Use recessed lighting, cove lighting, and spotlights to create a good effect, especially to highlight the artwork. Mount colored or metallic wall lights. An elegant floor lamp or chandelier would work very well too.
Use wood, tile, or vinyl floors in the living room. Use patterned tiles wisely – choose striped or geometric printed carpets if the rest of your living room is neutral or solid color.
What are the new colors for living rooms? When you think of Contemporary, do beige, gray and black come to mind? You are right, but it’s not so “black and white” anymore.
There are several other trending colors like navy blue, champagne, olive green, deep red, blush, charcoal, mango, ocher, hunter green, and earthy hues like burnt orange.
You can add these as pops of color on a neutral base or use one of them as the dominant color. Or use these as bold accessories on a neutral basis. Even if you’ve stayed away from the bold use of black, you don’t need it anymore.
10. Textures and materials
Decorate with a mixture of textures. Use lots of natural materials. Use natural fibers such as wool, cotton, linen, silk and jute for the upholstery.
11. Contemporary living room plants
In modern spaces, use plants with large leaves instead of lots of small plants for a good effect. Place them in single-colored planters or natural fiber baskets.
12. Personal style
Here is the most important element of contemporary styling – tell your story through your home! Add your heirlooms and memorabilia – but don’t look at everything you’ve collected.
Even in the contemporary Beach theme Living room, showcase just a few collectibles from your beach trips.
Now that you have a ton of ideas to work on, it’s easy to convert your living room into a contemporary style. Contact our experts to bring your modern living room ideas to life.