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5 Ways To Create a Modern Living Room

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

The contemporary living room design is in high demand right now. Most people might envision a lot of white and a minimalist approach to design. While this does form the basis for a modern living room, it is only the base. People have found many ways to create unique spaces using contemporary design as the starting point. Here are five ways you can create your Pinterest-worthy living room.

1. Choose Several Neutrals

White is the best base for a modern-style living room, but there are many different shades of white to choose from. The lighting and the undertone of other furnishings you intend to add to the room will determine the shade of white that might best complement your room.

Gray is another solid contemporary color choice that has grown in popularity over the past year or two. One of the best features of using gray is that the variations are more pronounced. This allows you to mix and match with one color without creating a bland look.

2. Introduce Natural Materials

Contemporary design skyrocketed with the growth in popularity of two main types of homes: tiny homes and industrial lofts. Both of these build styles introduced more natural materials than were once visible in minimalist designs. Tiny homes introduced a lot of wood grains, while industrial lofts brought metals into the mix.

When choosing natural materials for your contemporary living room, remember to consider your base color. For example, a rich wood grain might look better with white than gray. Similarly, while white can complement anything, metal and stones look especially bold against gray tones.

3. Experiment With Shapes

When most people think of design, colors most often come to mind. This is why so many homeowners rely on paint to create unique living rooms. There is no denying that paint can drastically change a room, but there are other ways to draw attention to a room or even an accent wall.

While contemporary design often relies on angular fixtures to create its look, the occasional circular object, such as an ottoman, can help to soften things up. Some homeowners have also successfully created accent walls using paintings and family pictures framed in matching frames of varying sizes and shapes.

4. Choose Matching Furniture

The furnishings can either tie everything together or throw the wrench in your plans. Contemporary furniture comes in many different shapes or sizes. While it might look similar from a distance, it can all look messy when drawn together. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details.

Whenever possible, choose furniture from the same line. If you intend to keep your current, non-contemporary furniture, you might find ways to brings them into the design. For example, you could cover a velvet couch or paint a leather one.

5. Add a Pop of Color

Previously, we mentioned that some people turned entire walls into a gallery of paintings or family portraits. This is a great way to add color to your contemporary design. Here are some additional options:

  • Adding plants to the room

  • Adding cushions of a different color

  • Creating an accent wall of a different color

  • Adding a rug of a different color

At Rhode Island Design Center, we have everything you need to create the contemporary living room design you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you need furnishings or designers, we have you covered. Contact us to get your new living room project started today.

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