15 Contemporary Living Room Ideas


Most of us love the comfortable and inviting feel of the contemporary style, yet we often make the mistake of turning it into a modern one while designing it. These 15 contemporary living room ideas can be used as a guideline to design just the right one.


Contemporary living room

Neutral colors along with black and white are the trademarks of the contemporary style to build a base that enriches the overall clean and sophisticated look of the room.

2No Right or Wrongs

Contemporary living rooms

Contemporary decor style is often confused with modern. However, you can incorporate any current decoration style into the contemporary style, adding patterns and colors as accents, using natural stones or any texture, for that matter, without fearing of doing something wrong.

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4Bookshelves as Backdrop

Contemporary living room decoration

Bookshelves can turn into the focal point of a room when used correctly. A black bookshelf with horizontal and vertical, clean lines would immensely enhance the contemporary vibes of a living room by becoming the backdrop.

5Rugs or No Rugs?

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Ideally, the contemporary decoration style opts for clean and open floors, however, if you want additional coziness and warmth, modern and curved rugs would fit into the setting.

6Open Spaces

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In the contemporary living room decor, it is important to leave a space empty as much as it is important to fill one. In a place filled with not only furniture but also colors, patterns and accents, consider leaving certain places empty to balance everything.


Green contemporary living room

The contemporary decorating style does allow the usage of color in moderation. You can use bold colors such as green if you keep the base fairly neutral both in color and in shapes and patterns as well.

8Clean and Simple

Contemporary designed living room

Similar to the philosophy of the minimalist style, the contemporary style favors less materials in a space. By doing so, a living room does not only look clean but also simple and elegant.

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10Plants Used Differently

Apartment contemporary living room

Instead of the traditional way of designating a space for the plants you may have, you can also use tall, tree-like plants to separate areas in an open space while adding color in a natural way.

11Symmetry and Lines

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Using vertical and horizontal lines is important in the contemporary style. While desinging a symmetrical living room, the use of lines in contrast to each other help to enrich the clean look.

12Large Living Rooms

Large contemporary living room

In a large contemporary living room, using contrasting colors to add depth and decor items such as tall floor lamps to fill the vertical gap would help to design a collected space that does not look as large.


Contemporary decorated living room

Light fixtures with shiny metals or indirect lights that are installed in a hidden way are popular ways of using light in a contemporary living room. Lights can also be used in a way to attract attention to certain pieces of art or decor in such a setting.

14See Through

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To design a simplistic contemporary living room, using furniture with bare legs as well as reflective surfaces like mirrors, shiny metals or glass is the way to go.

15Light Walls, Dark Floors

Contemporary living room decor

To keep everything simple and fill the space at the same time can be quite tricky to pull off. Walls that are painted with a light color, contrasting the dark hardwood floors is the easiest trick in the book that immediately fills the space without cluttering it.

16Pop of Color

Contemporary living room red brown sofa

Using bold colors require a neutral base. In case of wanting to use a bright and bold color like red, it is best to limit it to a few objects in a contemporary living room while keeping everything else subtle and neutral.

17Using Textures

Contemporary style living room

Textures like stone or wood can be used in a contemporary living room to warm up the space and add character without using any additional pieces of furniture, therefore, avoiding clutter.

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