This hot pink fireplace was inspired by the homeowners’ grandmother’s favorite shade of lipstick. Have fun with little details like that!
I’ve never understood how whenever you see a picture of a totally aspirational living room, it’s completely devoid of a television. Like, doesn’t that totally defeat the purpose of a living room or something?! But now you too can fake out everyone on Instagram, thanks to a bifold-panel painting that hides your television behind gorg art.
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.
Blue, in this case. Hint: it makes it easier to decorate, since you know exactly what shade you’re searching for.
Who says everything has to be matchy-matchy? Contrast your couch and chairs to make things a bit more interesting.
The extra wide panels above this fireplace are a fresh, modern take on shiplap. To make it even more unique, only do a section of your wall.
They might be overdone, but we still love them. Add a couple of poufs to accent your space.
Who said you can’t mix other styles into a modern space? Take note from Becki Owens, as she included a vintage rug in her chic and modern living room design, which brings a surprising element to the space. To buy: Kumi Rug, from $39; urbanoutfitters.com for similar.
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.
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.
Designer Emily Henderson, along with Crypton Home, achieved this organic living room with plenty of standout pieces like the leather chairs and wood table.
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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.
“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.
Our Whole Home Project had some pretty covetable interiors—this living room included. It’s totally lived-in and relaxed, but with a touch of glam.
This jewel-toned color makes a room feel like a Caribbean oasis. Add potted plants and we’re completely swooning.
The calming colors in the living room of this North Carolina home are balanced with fun geometric shapes in the prints above the couch, and on the rug below.
You spend a lot of time in your living room, so it not only needs to look great, but it needs to be functional and comfortable. Blending all three things can be tricky, but we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you. Need ideas for other areas too? Our bedroom and bathroom galleries will get you ready for a full house reno!
The horizontal wood-paneled white walls help balance out the bold pinks, oranges, and blues in this room.
Emily Schuman, of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, is giving us serious bookshelf envy with her color-coded book collection. Her living room, featured on Apartment Therapy, is both playful and sophisticated with pops of color and a chic leather sofa.
The couch in this living room is a prime example of perfectly mismatched patterns. The couch maintains a color scheme, and the blue rug beneath it ties the whole look together.
All white might seem boring, but a crisp, matte white is totally timeless, and will make your space feel a million times larger. Accent with colored pillows to add contrast.
The rich-blue velvet couch pops nicely against the pale, misty gray paneled walls in this Chicago apartment.
A modern living room often features sleek line furnishings and soothing palettes, says Homepolish designer Nina Jizhar, however, incorporating an iconic piece such as this Eames lounge chair bring another level of sense of style.
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.
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.
Bring the garden inside with plant-inspired wallpaper, like the one in this living room that emulates greenery on a trellis. The result? A charming and cheery vibe.
If your room has a more minimalist vibe, try an oversized, paper pendant. But take note: If your furniture is large and clunky, or you have a lot of busy decor, it could overwhelm it.
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.
Arguably, the most comfortable rug ever. This black and white pattern makes it feel fresh and modern.
An open-concept layout is the key to a lighter, airier space. Choose a white color palette to up the vibe more.
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.
If you’ve got a marble top coffee table, take it off and place it on the floor. Prop it up with some books for a bohemian update.
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.
Blue and white is classic, but you can warm up your space a bit by choosing gray instead. This room is proof it’s not totally dull.
Sounds like the dullest color ever, looks incredible. Wood paneling helps break up the dark wall.
Blue and white is the peanut butter and jelly of color combos. But that doesn’t mean it has to skew French country.
The homey and welcoming vibes come through thanks to elevated-folksy Thibaut curtain pattern and 8-foot-long Lee Industries sofas. This room pumps up your pleasure at every turn.
It adds nice depth to the room, and also makes entertaining guests super easy.
Chairs that look good but are totally uncomfortable? Not worth the cute factor. Opt for insanely comfy seating, like a papasan chair, and you’ll want to lounge in your living room forever.
For an unexpected fireplace display, swap logs for stacked books or magazines. Firewood, who?
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.
To buy: Butterfly Chair, $59; urbanoutfitters.com for similar.
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.
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.
Liven up a neutral space with potted plants and greenery. It’ll feel like an actual oasis in your living room.
Want to go a little glam without looking too showy? Add in minimal brass accents, like a side table and sconces.
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.
The bookshelves in this living room allow all kinds of opportunity for displaying different items, and also for storage. Adding a ladder for high shelves adds another decorative touch.
Blend neutral gray walls with sleek, modern furniture and lighting. It’ll look chic rather than dated.
You can do better than hanging up a few pictures. Paint a bold pattern on your walls, or opt for using stick-on flowers, stars, or a geometric decal.
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.
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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.
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.
In this minimal living room, by Homepolish designer Katherine Carter, less is more. While a statement piece is a must to liven up the space, it’s important to keep things simple, like with this round mirror, or the space can become overwhelming. To buy: Copper Metal Framed Mirror, $73; target.com.