This gallery pictures contemporary living room ideas with a variety of colors, furniture and decor. Contemporary living rooms often have clean designs with a casual atmosphere. Get inspiration for decorating your living room with these exciting new design trends.
The contemporary living room in the picture above doesn’t need walls, with beautiful views of a modern city skyline easily seen through tall floor to ceiling windows. The glass looks seamless thanks to the white dropped ceiling, and white aluminum frames give it a seamless yet durable view. A four-piece living room sofa set in matching off-white tones are matched by light grey throw pillows and a light brown area rug. The center features a low wooden coffee table topped by a metallic circular outline drum chandelier.
Often when designing a house, the living room becomes the center of the home, both literally and functionally. When people enter the main door, the living room is the first space that greets them, and it is from this living room that other spaces are accessible. From the living room, one can access the stairway to the second floor or basement, the sliding door to the outdoor patio, and the guest bathroom. In the case of open plan houses, living rooms are unified in one room with the dining room and kitchen, creating a hub of functional and social space.
Contemporary Living Rooms
Besides being the house’s core area, there are other important factors that go into the planning of a living space that answers to contemporary needs. Here are a few things to consider when looking for contemporary living room ideas:
High Ceiling – This is especially popular if the house is two or more stories tall, with an open to below feature being created in the floor above. This is beneficial for the living room in that more “breathing” space is created, giving the house’s core a lot of light and space. It also benefits the upstairs hallway, giving it a beautiful vista to look down on, and it also increases the height windows can achieve. In addition, having a high living room ceiling allows the homeowner to choose a hanging pendant lamp that can be a statement piece in the house, as there is more room to experiment with larger, bolder designs.
Fireplace / Console – Besides the central coffee table, most living room lounge spaces are centered on a focal point towards the front. The two most common focal points often built-up for emphasis are a fireplace or a television / entertainment console or both. This gives people a reason to converge in the living room, and it also gives definition to what would otherwise be a blank wall.
Outdoor access – Having access to your outdoor patio from your main living room is very efficient for households that intend to entertain a lot of guests. This is especially helpful during parties as the intimate setting of the living room space can be extended to the outdoors where more guests can interact amongst the garden. Even if the outdoor access is closed, having a view of the garden from the living room is a great way to bring life and character into the closed space.
Couch and Lounge Set – It is important that the lounge set you choose suits the style and theme of the living room being decorated. However, it is important to note that some sofa and lounge styles may be a bit too outdated to suit a Contemporary living room’s timeless and modern style. Some couch styles to think about when decorating a Contemporary living space are the Sectional, Tuxedo, Lawson and Mid Century Modern.
The Sectional is great for large living spaces, where the sofa set can be laid out in an L or U shape, while the Tuxedo features a one height profile for its arms and back, creating a clean, timeless solution for a small space. The Lawson and Midcentury Modern are both Classic old timer styles but can look great in any Contemporary living room space when upholstered with more modern textiles.
Area rug – Although open plan concepts are popular, delineating the living room space is still important to give the lounge furniture a sense of unity. Instead of the more traditional Persian carpets and throw rugs, Contemporary living rooms are a great place to experiment with newer finishes such as shag carpets and woven textiles like abaca and hemp.
In addition, the way these carpets are laid out in front of or below the sofa sets is equally important. Traditionally it can either be placed right in front of the lounge set with the coffee table as its centerpiece—this is traditionally achieved by a standard 5’ x 8’ rug. A larger 8’ x 10’ rug can also be placed such that it creeps up to half the width of the sofa while completely covering the legs of the armchairs and accent chairs.
Sometimes, the reference point may not even be the furniture but the living space’s walls—for example, keeping the rug evenly cropped about 1 foot away from all the walls. Some interior designers suggest using a larger scale 9’ x 12’ rug, aligning your furniture such that all are included on the rug about halfway, and then ensuring that 18” of floor space is available around the rug. This is a good, simple rule to follow, however, take note that there is no one rule on how the rug should be placed, and the best layout depends on your personal preference and the actual size of your living room space.
Small globular pendant lamps emanate at different heights from the central circular drop ceiling of this Contemporary living space. The circular theme is emphasized by the pair of semi-circular couches on either side of the also circular low coffee table and circular rug. The beige and light grey upholstery of the sofa matches the coffee table’s rattan finish, both of which are highlighted by the dark wood tile accent wall to the back flanked by a thick beige paneled frame. Symmetry is achieved with recessed niches on either side, as well as a pair of tall, slender glass windows.
This Contemporary living room goes for a more monochromatic scheme and features a central coffee table in reclaimed wood planks to offset the sterility of black and white. Surrounding the coffee table is a large L-shaped sectional sofa and a pair of armchairs in clean white upholstery with grey throw pillows as accents. The front built-up for the television is in a dark grey wood laminate, which is highlighted well by the light grey walls and white trims. A large ceiling fan is installed at the very top, within the double-tiered ceiling recess.
This Contemporary country style living room brings in heaps of light, starting with large all-glass sliding doors on its hall leading to the outdoors. More light is brought in via two levels of large clerestory windows that shine into the living space. The accent wall, also built high to match the clerestory windows, houses the fireplace and is made of cobbled orange and brown stone. A neutral, warm wood was used for the flooring, which highlights the living room set composing a white sofa and a pair of black armchairs. The center is decorated with a geometric-style table made of black metal and wood as well as a hemp rope carpet.
This living room goes with the more Classic approach, starting with the large sectional sofa in tufted off-white upholstery and accented with beige and Persian blue throw pillows. The fireplace mantel is also built with Classical scroll details, a thick trimmed mantelpiece and is made of a rustic adobe stone tile. To give it a more modern twist, the floors use a light wood tile that matches with the bare light grey walls and light grey mullioned windows and sliding doors. Another futuristic characteristic is the curved outline of the ceiling recesses as well as the metallic ceiling fan installed onto it.
This Modern loft style apartment with bay window features a half-ceiling over the living room space with exposed metal beams and exposed wooden floor joists. To offset this Industrial look, warm wood laminate flooring was used all around, as well as clean white walls. The coffee table features a geometric design and is surrounded by a pair of black leather lounge chairs and an off-white sofa with burgundy throw pillows. Towards the front, a fireplace is recessed into a wall emphasized by its geometric cladding style.
This Contemporary apartment features walls cladded with a black-dyed fibrous textile and dark wood tile floors. While also featuring heavy dark curtains, black leather lounge chair and grey upholstered U-shaped sectional sofa, the whole ceiling, including its recesses is done in a clean, geometric white. In addition, the central pendant lamp is in a beautiful brass finish and the large black-framed floor to ceiling windows bring in tons of light.
This Spanish style open living room opens out to a patio via a white stone framed archway, while two other archways to the side lead to a smaller sitting room and a baby grand piano. The wall is finished in a rustic cobbled stone with bare stucco and the ceiling features two exposed heavy timber beams. Brown felt armchairs surround the wrought iron and glass central coffee table. The drum lamp pendant with candle lights is a Contemporary element in an otherwise rustic style room.
A central built-up shaft painted white contains this living room’s fire place, featuring a stone tile for its bench and trim around the opening. Although featuring Contemporary art and color scheme, the living room goes for a rustic look with exposed timber beams and planks on its ceiling. It also has warm wood laminate flooring that matches with the wood framed French doors leading to the patio. A beige area rug sits in front of the fire upon which a glass coffee table rests. A basic beige sofa with orange and blue cushions is set in front of this.
With a more neutral color palette featuring light and deep greys, this Contemporary living room chose to go with a heavy-grained wood finish for the plank flooring in the same dark grey tone. Going lighter, the L-shaped sectional sofa is in a medium grey textile featuring red and grey geometric accent pillows. Going darker, the TV console is in of a dark wood construction. The light grey walls and ceiling are a good backdrop to the grey toned finishes used in this living room.
Light chestnut wood flooring runs all around the house, going well with the plain white walls and white framed floor to ceiling windows. As a contrast to this lightness, the fireplace surround is built of reclaimed wood blocks in differing shades all around the polished cement bench and opening. The ceiling also features exposed beams and planks but is painted a clean white tone. The horizontal coffee table is long and is designed with hollow block legs supporting a cement slab, a nod to the room’s discreet industrial undertone. A faded brown tuxedo style sofa complements the cement finish and the whole set is underscored by an off-white area rug.
Large sliding doors and a dazzling array of windows bring tons of light into this neutral toned Contemporary living space. Forming a U-shape, the sectional sofa is upholstered in an off-white leather finish and the crocheted teal blanket is a great accent piece. By the aluminum framed fireplace with wood plank cladding on its recess, a Contemporary style chaise lounge sits and is button-upholstered In white leather. A woven fiber carpet is placed under the whole set and is bordered on all sides with a leatherette lining.
Pair of white tuxedo style couches forms an L-shape in this Contemporary living room and are decorated with large white, grey and brown throw pillows. On the other side, a pair of white upholstered chairs sit, all brought together by the textured beige area rug and the minimalist grey coffee table. To the front, a large TV and recessed fireplace are flanked on either side by sets of recessed open shelving. Beyond the living room’s coffered ceilings and dark wood tone flooring is a large opening to the outdoors.
A pair of Contemporary Cabriole style sofas sits across each other with a wood and glass circular coffee table in between. A wood console table separates this small lounge space from the larger living space beyond with white textile upholstered tuxedo style sofas with brown and peacock blue throw pillows. The two spaces are united by the common brown striped rug, coffered ceiling recess and large sliding doors opening out onto a wooden patio.
This Classic Midcentury Modern style couch is given a luxe upgrade with a fur throw and mustard and brown throw pillows. Other Contemporary luxe elements in this grey-green apartment include the chandelier and the gold and glass coffee table below it, as well as the pair of purple velvet armchairs with gold studs. With beautiful street views from the large picture windows, the opposite wall features many recessed shelves, and the center of the adjacent wall features a built-up fireplace with white carved wood mantel.
A Contemporary living room with a slanted ceiling is balanced out at its center with a built up fireplace of large cut marble stone tile. Behind it, plain grey square tiles clad the wall, as well as the hallway to the right with clerestory windows above. In between this wall and the large expanse of glass sliding doors is the Midcentury Modern sofa and armchair set in grey felt, centered on a brown leather Ottoman. The room is lit with accent lighting on its walls and on its center, an Oriental style antique pendant lamp.
Rustic barn style elements such as the heavy timber vaulted ceiling and rough cut stone built-up for the fireplace are offset by Contemporary furniture pieces. A white shag rug creates the boundaries of the living space, with Lawson style sofas in beige upholstery matched with grey armchairs centered on a low wooden coffee table.
This Contemporary living room space features an intricate wood lace tray ceiling running from the open plan dining room to living space, with the built-up grey stucco fireplace on one side and a console table recess with floor to ceiling glass on all sides. With a basic grey area rug defining the living space, a Midcentury Modern couch and matching armchairs is laid out with a Minimalist grey coffee table at the center.
This Contemporary living space provides built-in bench seating on either side of the horizontally linear gas fireplace built-up of greyish wood laminate with a television alcove above. A darker wood laminate finish is used for the floor planks, going well with the mocha tone of the patterned area rug and the white canvas upholstered armless sofa.
This Contemporary living room highlights the importance of lighting, starting with the large floor to ceiling black mullioned windows spread evenly between the room’s white pillars, as well as the strip light illuminated tray ceilings above, setting each lounge set apart from each other. Dark wood strips create a uniform flooring for the entire space, with the first one having a traditional brown couch matched with a glass coffee table and pair of felt armchairs. The next section features a large L-shaped couch with white upholstered pillows, while the last section features wooden seats with plush burgundy upholstery.
This Industrial style living room features bare unfinished concrete walls with frameless clerestory windows that go all the way up until the ceiling, making the ceiling on the interior and exterior seem seamless. This pattern is only broken by the white built-up wall of the fireplace with black metal framing. The bare concrete walls are decorated with wood accents that match well with the wood ceiling and floor planks. A white shag rug defines the space in front of the off-white leather Midcentury Modern sofa, while the rusticated coffee table and orange armchair provide pops of color.
Heavy exposed black wooden timbers hang over this Contemporary living room’s ceiling. The ceiling drops on one side to accommodate the down lighting over the television and console, while the other side is kept free of obstruction for the large floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The floors also feature the same black wood plank flooring, while the fireplace built-up wall goes for a more pearlescent stucco finish. The lounge set comes in different shapes and colors, with a grey satin finish sofa, a pair of tall white canvas armchairs and a pair of squat brown leather armchairs on the opposite side.
This house features all white walls and black metal framed sliding doors, and it is also apparent in the finishes used on the double island kitchens. Light wood plank flooring runs horizontally from the kitchen to the living space, which is delineated by an off-white canvas area rug. An off-white L-shaped sectional sofa is decorated with pale yellow and blue throw pillows, centered on a Contemporary rustic coffee table made of unstained wood and leather cushioning.
Looking down from the second floor open to below hallway’s glass balcony, a Contemporary L-shaped sectional sofa in grey upholstery is decorated with bright red and blue throw pillows. The sofa is centered on a light wooden low coffee table and features a simple black metal gas chamber fireplace with thin ducting pipe. The floors are in a neutral stone tile, matching the Contemporary feel of the entire house.
This Contemporary loft living room faces a large set of glass sliding doors and large clerestory windows on its high ceiling recess. A grey shag rug outlines the living space with a Contemporary grey loveseat at its center. On either side, two voluminous white felt armchairs with gold studs are diagonally placed. The pale wood finish used on the floor planks is a great match to the space’s neutral palette.
Going for a more retro classic look, the centerpiece of this living room is the red divan sofa with its rounded edges and plush throw pillows. A simple black coffee table sits in front of it. While a square cut brown tile is used all around the house, a special wood laminate finish was used for the living room floor, mirrored by the drop ceiling above it fitted with square down lights. Towards the back, an accent wall in textured paint is created in the corner beside the large glass sliding doors.
With two whole walls in floor to ceiling glass and sheer white curtains terminating at a corner rounded white column, the brown sectional sofa perfectly mirrors this Contemporary living room’s spatial geometry. A large peacock blue Ottoman was used as the centerpiece for the L-shaped lounge set, and the whole room is decked in a chestnut wood finish for its floor tiles.
The corner of the redwood patio deck terminates cleanly with the black metal threshold, giving birth to a lighter colored wood plank flooring for the house’s interior. A white shag rug is laid out for the living room space with a pair of white upholstered Barcelona chairs on one side and a beige Lawson style sofa with blue throw pillows on another. The circular center coffee table with its metallic frame and light wood laminate top matches the open shelves at the end done with the same finishes.
This Contemporary beach style living room is centered on a large horizontal recessed fireplace build-up with TV screen right above. The built-up is surrounded on both sides by tall, slender windows with white wooden shutters. The sofa set features white canvas pillows on woven rattan and dark wood body, matching with the dark wood coffee table with rectangular metallic legs. Many contemporary living room ideas use neutral elements combined with clean lines to create a welcoming and attractive space.
This living space is extremely unique, with the plush purple accent wall panels towards the back, made to look like they are floating via the linear strip lighting above and below the wall panels. Warm, orange wood strips are laid out horizontally, accenting well with the all-white walls and ceilings. More classic furniture pieces are apparent in the brown all-leather L-shaped sofa and bean bag, as well as the wood and marble circular coffee table and Classic tall floor lamp.
This living room features white base color palette with natural wood and stone finishes. Despite having all its walls and ceilings in a plane white, one corner of this Contemporary living room features a built-up shelving suite in light wood laminate, while the other corner’s recessed fireplace is in stacked stone with a dark stone bench. Instead of a typical mantle, a thick cut of warm wood was laid horizontally over the fireplace, and then again vertically to separate it from the corner wall. The living space is set over a beige area rug with pristine white tuxedo style sofas and a central rattan sphere coffee table. Accent throw pillows in solid orange, grey shag and other patterns litter the entire living space.
This house features all white walls and ceilings as well as white matte floor tiles. Warm wood accents are immediately present via the window framings and the clean linear cladding of the wall with the recessed fireplace with stone bench. The living room set is also in clean white leather tufted upholstery and is decorated with grey throw pillow and area rug accents. The center coffee table is the only non-linear element with irregularly-shaped glass top and metallic discs at the bottom for support.
Although small and simple, this plush white upholstered sectional couch flushed against the corner of the living room looks clean and comfortable. In addition, its L-shape contrasts very well with the L-shaped corner window on the other side, framed in white trim. The walls are in a textured light brown textile that goes well with the off-white carpet and plain white ceiling. Kitschy furniture such as the antique trunk coffee table and bright yellow porcelain stools with Arabesque pattern bring excitement to the space.
This Modern Industrial loft sees the second floor with a view of the high-ceiling living space. The living space itself features a lot of indoor plants, and even a trellis towards the back of the white leather sofas to the corner of the room. An accent partition is also applied via the use of the high white framing with white twine pattern in between, a clear contrast to the metallic grey piping of the exhaust duct over the open fireplace hearth. Other Industrial touches include the ultra-low warm wood coffee table and industrial hanging lamp converted to fish pole floor lamp.
Contemporary living room ideas that use color and patterns can make a big impact on the design. This room style effectively utilizes color, with purple velvet upholstery wisely being used for the sofa set, matched with the wavy white and brown area rug. To add to the quirky Contemporary look, a specialty hanging lamp with surrealist handles for each lampshade was used, as well as the entire accent wall’s mirror glaze being inscribed with white circular lines. The beige stone tile finish used for the floor neutralizes all these elements, and also matches well with the dark wood and mirror-glazed bookshelf and TV console.
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