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.
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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 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.
Blue Living Room
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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.
Ave Styles/ Photo by Rennai Hoefer
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.
Photographed by Siham Mazouz from How the French Live, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith
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.
Photographer: Jess Isaac
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.
Amy Lind Interiors
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.
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.
Bobby Berk Interiors + Design
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.
Nate Berkus / Christopher Dibble Photography
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.
Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson Design / Crypton Home
Sweat Peas Design
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.
Becki Owens / Alyssa Ence Photography
Vintage Living Room
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 suprising element to the space.
Tichenor & Thorp Architects
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.
Jessica Isaac for Apartment Therapy
Marika Wagle’s Home Featured in the New Bohemians. Photo by Dabito.
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.