22 Modern Living Room Design Ideas
If you could only choose one room in your home to put your heart and soul into designing, the living room would top the list. It’s that treasured (and often off-limits) space that sets the tone for your entire decorating style.
Pop of Pastel
A rainbow-colored living room is hard to achieve without being too overwhelming, but blogger Joy Cho of Oh Joy! knows just how to balance things out in this swoon-worthy living room. Balance out colors with lighter tones and make sure to include enough white space or earthy accents like Cho does with the bookshelf here.
To buy: Natural Rattan Cocoon Chair, $230; worldmarket.com for similar.
Textured White Room
There's a formula to creating a magical monotone room, and Ashley Stringfellow of Modern Glam created the perfect space by incorporating tons of texture, like with faux fur, to liven up her living room. The pops of blush tones in accents combined with her paneled wall make for a visually interesting space to curl up in with a book.
To buy: Ivory New Zealand Sheepskin Area Rug, $80; worldmarket.com for similar.
Blue Living Room
Add some life to your space with a statement-making plant like designer Grant Gibson does with this larger-than-life Monstera. Bonus tip: mix things up by incorporating furniture in the same color family, but in different shades, like he does here with the blue sofa and chair.
To buy: Halsey Three Piece Sectional, from $2,497; westelm.com for similar.
One easy trick to mastering a modern living room is to contrast a soothing wall color with a dramatic pairing, like with these striking blue couches in blogger Tana Nelson's space.
Cozy Living Room
Sticking to lighter, natural colors like whites, creams, and browns makes it feel like a place you can recharge, says designer Jenni Kayne. Using natural textures in contrast to a bright white also adds an unexpected, yet welcoming look.
Boho Living Room
This casual, yet totally put together living room is giving us serious boho vibes. Pinfluencer Alex Evjen nailed this effortless look with gorgeous, jewel toned chairs and a unique fringed centerpiece above the fireplace that serves as a fun talking point.
To buy: Macramé Rope Wall Hanging, $39; urbanoutfitters.com for similar.
Offset a neutral space with an eye-catching light fixture, like Siham Mazouz, author of How the French Live, does in this minimal, French-inspired living room. Lighting sets the tone for the entire room's space — so make sure you choose something striking.
To buy: Catalina Geo Swag Pendant Light, $80; hayneedle.com for similar.
Clean Living Room
Minimal Living Room
Ornate Living Room
Modern doesn't have to mean simple. Brooklyn-based interior blog, Aphrochic, shows us how to have a playful and visually interesting space that's totally on trend, but includes some statement-making pieces like the lighting fixture and flower piece above the fireplace.
Artistic Living Room
When you keep all the elements in a room sleek and uncluttered, it's important to make sure there's a focal point in the room to add visual interest, like designer Mandy Cheng does here.
An easy way to mix up your living room's style? By adding a lighting fixture with a sculptural quality, like this one that designer Amy Lind used. No need for matching lamps — go for boldly-shaped sconces, an oversized floor lamp, or a statement-making chandelier.
To buy: Sculptural Round Chandelier, $327; westelm.com for similar.
Dramatic Living Room
Think outside of the box with this avant-garde living room by Homepolish designer Alec Holland. Achieve this look with oversized, marshmallow-style couches and other interesting shaped pieces.
Black and White Living Room
New York City designer Young Huh recommends adding in graphic curtains and a surprising piece of furniture, like this floating wood table, to create an unusual, yet stunning modern living room.
A key to warming up modern colors (black, white, and concrete) is throwing in wooden accents, like designer Bobby Berk (of the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot on Netflix) does here. Plus, the wood can double as an unexpected architectural element.
Luxurious Living Room
“Creating a modern living room that feels chic and layered is all about mixing textures and styles; think brass and mixed metals. And bringing in vintage. Paired with luxe fabrics, like velvet and a neutral, but warm, color palette, no way you can’t create an interior you love,” says interior designer Nate Berkus.
Organic Living Room
Elevated Living Room
This ultra-modern living room takes things to new heights with swivel chairs, which encourage conversation, instead of a sofa. This space, designed by Sweet Peas Design, is giving us serious living room envy.
Vintage Living Room
Natural Living Room
Instead of using hard-edged modernist shapes to soften the room, opt for organic shapes with “soft” edges to keep it contemporary, advises Raun Thorp of Tichenor & Thorp Architects.
Calming Living Room
Bohemian Living Room
A vintage lucite coffee table can transform even the most boho living room into a modern space in an eco-friendly way. The barely-there quality of lucite gives the illusion that the colors and texture of your rug are floating up and touching the objects on your coffee table.
To buy: Malone Coffee Table, $499; macys.com.