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Modern Living Room Ideas and Designs

Does your living room need updating? Looking for some design inspiration to create a modern living room?

The living room is a social space where friends and family gather together. It is one of the most frequented rooms in a house. It’s important that this room is a relaxing and pleasant space to be in. There is actually a belief that modern rooms are cold and lack in individuality. Yet nothing can be better from the truth. Modern living spaces may be warm, welcoming, as well as comfy. While a modern living room might not have some of the extravagance of other styles, they offset this with their sleek design.

Sleek lines and an uncluttered approach to decorating is actually both modern and minimal, yet there is actually nothing at all cold or even impersonal about it. With warm finishes and also delicate home furnishings, modern design can create a beautiful living room for enjoying a relaxing night in.

When modern design is ‘done right’, your room will look stylish for many years to come without having to be constantly made over. Modern design is all about clean lines, neutral base colours with bold and simply coloured accessories and accents.

White, grey, beige, cream are all colours that are typically used as a neutral base in a modern living room design.

White is a great colour as it has a very clean feel to it. It is a colour often used in bathrooms as it is seen as sanitary or clinical. Because of this, white works like a clean slate in modern design which can then built upon with more colour.

For a long time, beige was the go to colour for neutral, inoffensive design. These days it has a reputation of being quite boring and unimaginative, but beige (and all its varieties) is actually a great colour to use when designing a modern living room. With warm undertones, it evokes a warm, cosy, homely feel - perfect for a living room.

If you want to try something a little different, why not go with grey. Grey is a mixture of black and white and comes in many shades and tones. It works well with several other colours and is neutral so it doesn’t overpower a colour scheme.

How can I design my living room ideas

To bring your modern living room ideas to life, you may want to work with an interior designer or an interior stylist. These are professionals whose job it is to create a space suited to your needs that fits the style you want. They will work with the size of your living room to design something that will look good, to your taste and budget. With their experience and trained eye, they will be able to deliver a modern living room design that comes together and is more stylish than if you were to do it yourself. Of course, designing your living room yourself is an option and these ideas on Houzz will help you with that.

So, if you’re looking for inspiration to update your living room, these modern living room ideas are a good place to start.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a modern living room renovation or are building a designer living room from scratch, Houzz has 179,772 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including HI-MACS® France and DLM Architects Limited. Look through living room photos in different colours and styles and when you find a modern living room design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful modern living room ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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