As we move deeper and deeper into the 21st century, more and more homeowners are finding their living spaces in need of an update. Sure, the classic styles are all well and good, but they don’t fit as well as they once did. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is all the technology we constantly surround ourselves with. Those sleek computers and tablets deserve a modern-looking living space to be used in!
If you’ve been feeling this way, or if you’ve simply become enamored of modern style, then you might be thinking about giving your living room and update. That’s why we’ve pulled together these amazing ideas for designing a modern living room. In each example, you’ll see a living room that’s been designed to look its very best, all while perfectly capturing the modern style. In each, we think, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for a modern living room design of your own.
So, if you’re ready to leave the 20th century behind and come fully into the 21st, then you’ve come to the right place! Let’s take a look at these amazing 22 modern living room design ideas.
To really achieve a modern feel for your living room’s design, give strong consideration to low-profile furniture.
One thing that can add a strong design presence to a modern living room is a dramatic light fixture.
To add a bit of dimension to a more minimal modern living room, you can include things like floating glass walls and plants.
When designing the modern living room in an open-concept home, you’ll need to pay attention to how the different living spaces interact.
You don’t need to be minimal in your design if you don’t want to be. Consider pieces that make bold statements, like the area rug in this living room.
Another way you can add some spice to modern living room designs is by incorporating curved lines.
Including bold and bright colors in the design of your modern living can really spice things up, particularly if those colors are tied to a piece of art.
In this stunning example of a modern living room design, the dark accent wall really makes things pop.
One thing that distinguishes a modern living room from other styles is a sense of openness, as you see here.
Remember, if you’re going for a modern design, you can do interesting things with your living room’s fireplace.
Modern living rooms tend to adopt a white or neutral overall color scheme. This can be accentuated with wood notes.
Squares and Curves
This modern living room is a perfect example of how square lines and curved lines can be combined to great effect.
To give more of a “home” vibe to your modern living room design, include a variety of fabric patterns.
One thing that can really set the design of a modern living room apart are some cool and sleek chairs.
Of course, if you want the ultimate modern living room design, you’ll go minimal and clean like this living room does.
In terms of lighting and windows, be sure to consider how shadow will interact with the design of your living room.
To add some color to your minimal living room design, you can always include colorful drapes over your picture windows.
If you’ve got a living room that catches a lot of natural light, use light colors in your modern design to capture as much of that light as possible.
To add some dimension and visual interest to your modern living room design, floating shelves can work wonders!
Ultimately, you’ll probably want to be understated with your choices. It helps your modern living room interact with your open-concept living areas.
Check out how this modern white living room smartly uses dark tops for its side tables.
If there’s one color you should consider using as an accent in your modern living room, it’s orange.
A beautiful chevron pattern, like that used in the rug, can really ad some spark to a modern living room design.
The beauty of the built-in bookshelves of this living room is only exceeded by the beauty of those modern built-in seating features.
A fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows is a beautiful touch for this wonderfully modern living room.
The low-profile furniture used throughout this living room is excellent. The contemporary design is given some spark thanks to the use of leather.
You glad to see me? When you want some spark in a modern living room design, orange can be a great color to use.
The slate stone used to surround the fireplace in this living room is refined and thoroughly luxurious.
You don’t need to go traditional with your seating in a modern living room design. Instead, you can try something like this.
As with any other living room style, an accent wall can work wonders when you’re adopting a contemporary design aesthetic.
Light and Shadow
Modern living room designs will often be quite minimal. This means you need to create drama with light and shadow.
A polished chrome lamp like the on you see in this living room can be an incredible touch when you’re adopting a modern style.
Going modern doesn’t mean leaving personality behind; note how this living room design combines contemporary lines with tropical styling.
When you need to add some personality to a more minimal living room design, artwork and photographs can work wonders.
When you’re building a modern living room for an open-concept living room, always try to preserve a sense of open space.
Preserving this sense of openness can be accomplished by using low-profile and understated furniture pieces.
Modern living rooms have an opportunity to go dark. Check out the combination of a black couch with slate grey walls here.
Combining truly unique décor choices with bold colors can be a wonderful thing to do when designing a modern living room.
Likewise, you can choose to combine an eclectic mix of décor items and furniture pieces to great effect. This living room is an excellent example of that.
When combining the elements that make up a minimal and modern living room design, symmetry will be your best friend.
You’ve got to love the charm that the exposed brick and stone walls add to this wonderfully modern living room design.
The clean lines and subtlety of modern design can work wonderfully for living rooms that have great views.
We love how this modern living room design combines contemporary elements with classic mid-century ones.
Long and Lean
This modern living room design does an excellent job of filling up the available space without being overpowering.
When you need to add a bit of spark to a modern living room design, consider including some splashes of color through throw pillows and things of that nature.
Rather than having your fireplace and television area in the same space, you can do something like this. It works great with modern décor.
Grey and White
When you’re designing a modern living room, you can always fall back on a grey and white color scheme. It always looks refined, and it can be easily spruced up with subtle colorful notes.
Modern designs can sometimes feel sterile, so consider adding natural plants to your layout.
Black and white are typically the colors you’ll see in modern design. Built-in shelves, though, can give you the opportunity to include color through décor.
Another way to include color in a modern living room design is to pick one or two accent chairs.
With unique light fixtures you can get a lot of bang for your modern living room design dollar.
Given that modern designs can sometimes feel austere, you may wish to add some spark – say, by example, through a bold area rug.
Even More Spark
In this example, you see a black and white modern living room that uses red throw pillows to spice things up.
If you’re really looking to add an element of luxury to your modern living room design, consider a color scheme the screams brown and gold.
As you can see here, there are a number of attractive options when it comes to gas and electric fireplaces for modern living rooms.
Your modern living room doesn’t have to center around the television. Consider adding a nice seating area like you see here.
Tying together your furniture pieces with a stunning and artistic accent wall can be a real winner for your design.
This is another example of a modern living room design that uses a monochromatic color scheme. In this case orange is used to add life.
There’s a lot to love about this stunning modern living room, most especially the floating media center below the television.
Use The View
Large windows are very common in modern home designs, so make sure you make use of the view when laying out your living room.
Solid colors are exceedingly common in modern design, however you can get a lot of mileage out of simple patterns.
Remember this: there’s no constitutional amendment that says you have to have a couch in your modern living room.
One unique piece can totally make your living room’s design – check out the area rug in this example.
Intimacy and modern design don’t always go hand-in-hand; consider laying out your couch and chairs in a circle like you see here.
Check out how the floating wall with fireplace forms the center of attention in this design.
With a minimal design, incorporating sleek and reflective surfaces can do a lot in terms of adding visual appeal.
Lots of ample wood can present you with a unique opportunity to incorporate vibrant colors into your modern living room design.
Geometric shapes and modern designs go hand-in-hand. This is fully evident in this example.
Furniture pieces that perform multiple duties – like these couches that incorporate book shelves – can help you to keep your design minimal.
Unique lighting can not only add visual interest to your modern living room, it can also keep things from being too austere.
Using natural elements in your modern design – like those small wooden stools next to the ottoman here – can pay dividends.
You should never underestimate the amazing things that can be done with glass in your modern living room design.
Low profile furniture is essentially a must when it comes to creating the modern style that you’re after.
The color green can really work wonders when it comes to keeping thing bright and airy with your modern living room’s design.
Why keep everything perfectly square? Sometimes laying out your furniture at an angle can create an amazing vibe.
While you may typically think of blue as a cool color, look at how much warmness it adds to this modern living room design.
Exposed brick and concrete walls are always welcome when it comes to the modern living room.
The entirely blank wall above the television and fireplace in this living room creates an interesting feel for this living room design.
You can create your modern living room in any space. It’s beautiful how the windows in this one work with the furniture selection.
In this modern living room design the furniture is spread out to allow those who use it to spread out themselves.
While drapes aren’t exceptionally common with modern living rooms, they can work very well!
Look, if you have beautiful floors like the ones above, then make sure you show them off in your design.
Even with a solid color, you can do interesting things with the architecture of the room to create an interesting look.
If you want to keep a more intimate vibe in your modern living room, consider going with a dark color like the maroon here.
Symmetrical layouts are the name of the game with modern living rooms; look at how the couch and shelves mirror one another.
Modern living rooms don’t need to be consistently square; you can go for an eclectic look as well.
Likewise, you may also wish to incorporate unique décor items – that may not necessarily be “modern” – into your design.
We love the way that this living room has been laid out, with a couch facing the window and a red accent chair facing inward.
The way that this modern living room has been laid out ensures that entertainment is possible while someone’s in the kitchen.
Have you ever given the sunken living room some thought? If not, you might want to!
You’ve just got to love the modern take on the “library shelves” at back in this stunning modern living room.
This modern living room design does an excellent job of melding the colors of the scheme together.
Piece of Art
One piece of art, like the painting you see here, can really bring a modern living room design together.
Brown and Black
In terms of clothing, you may not put brown and black together; but it can work when it comes to a modern living room.
The upholstered wall behind the L-shaped couch in this living room is a really cool touch!
There’s not much going on here, but what is going on is deftly put together.
It’s About You
As this example perfectly illustrates, you can do a lot with modern living room design. Check out what’s out there, and see what you like!