Modern interior design aims to transform any space with trendy but
comfortable style. Use of overly theatrical décor, bulky furniture
and too many items are shunned at all costs. The focus remains on
creating a spacious modern living room, designed in latest style,
with high-quality items. But take care not to turn it into a
showpiece of sort.
the choice of furniture, an unassuming style must be heeded to for
the colour scheme and selection of decorative items. For creating a
modern living room, large windows and ample artificial lighting are
preferred. Use of eco-friendly and sustainable materials is highly
encouraged. Nowadays, you will increasingly see a skillful integration
of environment friendly furniture, blinds or curtain, rugs and fabric
in modern living room designs.
can I create a modern living room?
was once a time when living room furniture occupied the space against
or close to the walls. Then interior architects and designers started
experimenting with new layouts. In mid-20th century, several newer
modern living room designs and layouts started to come to the fore.
Though earlier practices have not been discarded at all, the later
additions opened up several opportunities of making a more effective
use of the available space.
deciding on your modern living room design, measure the actual space,
how much of it do you want to utilise for furniture and, while
refurbishing an existing space, what are the objects you are thinking
of replacing. Moreover, take into consideration the number of guests
you usually entertain and any other possible uses for your living
room such as a home office or media room.
reasonably expansive living area can accommodate at least a couple of
three-seater couches, along with two simple chairs. If you do not
require such elaborate seating arrangements, place a single two or
three-seater sofa, along with a couple of chairs. A sectional sofa is
perfect for corners. On homify, you will find several modern living
room ideas suitable for all kinds of spaces.
stylish coffee table can be placed in the middle. Nested coffee tables are functional and gorgeous additions to modern living rooms.
A simple T.V. cabinet is a must for this space. If space is not a
constraining factor, you can use a display unit that doubles up as a
T.V. cabinet. A fashionable hall table or dresser, decorated
beautifully with potted plants or small sculptures, would be a chic
addition to this space.
colours should i choose for a modern living room?
décor favours an extensive use of neutral or subtle shades. But for
your modern living room, you can make some exceptions to this rule
and personalise it according to your tastes. For a charming ambience,
you may opt for a tonal colour scheme. Pick a single tone and use
varying shades of the same for your walls, ceiling, furniture and
a complementary colour scheme may induce a sense of drama. For
example, you can opt for black and white, combine creamy white with
chestnut brown or pale grey with lustrous red. This type of scheme is
daring and more impactful than any other choices.
you can go for a harmonious colour palette. Choose shades that are
next to each other or are found close by on a colour wheel and give a
relaxing makeover to your modern lounge.
should I furnish my living room to achieve the modern look?
the interior of a modern living room, look for furniture with a clean
and simple form. Sofas must not be bulky. Though comfortable, it must
designed with a minimal amount of fuss. Monochromatic sofas or those
with subtle geometric patterns can be chosen for this space. For
inspiration, you can look for famous sofa designs by the likes of
Arne Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen and Hans Olsen.
high quality furniture made of natural wood, plywood, cast iron,
aluminium or moulded plastic. Go through the living room section of
our magazine to find out more about suitable furniture for modern
spaces like these.
well-decorated lounge area also requires, at least, a couple of
chairs. You can buy a sofa set that includes matching chairs, or you
can buy them separately, but having an overall harmony in design is
very important. For example, you can pair a Barcelona Couch, which is
a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich creation, with Barcelona
Chairs, also designed by the famous designer duo. However, pairing a
similar couch with modern wicker chairs would be a recipe for a
dissonant looking space.
can choose iconic mid-century modern designs of Gio Ponti, Eero
Saarinen, Pierre Paulin, Vernor Panton, Shiro Kuramata or any of the
stylish Charles and Ray Eames. You can select any of their modern
counterparts as well. Sofas and chairs of this type are modish, take
less space and appropriate for a modern setting.
tables made of wood, a combination of glass and metal, transparent
acrylic or upholstered in fabric look stunning in a modern living
room. Unless you wish to make it a focal point of your room, keep
your hall tables or dressers simple and discreet.
can I create a modern living room in a small space?
a small space can be quite challenging at times. There is a fine line
between style and clutter. This becomes additionally difficult, if
you live in a one room apartment. So choosing a layout that is
suitable for the space and investing in the right kind of furniture
are very important.
precise measurements, note them down on a piece of paper and carry it
with you while going out for shopping. This will ensure you do not
end up choosing furniture that is an ill-fit for your small living
room. If the space is extremely small, stick to a two-seater sofa
with a simple coffee table. Opting for a sofa bed instead of a
minimal couch could bring some added benefits.
some stools handy to create extra seating arrangements when
necessary. When placing your couch in front of the T.V. cabinet,
ensure that there is enough space between the two. Place a stylish
area rug to give this space a chic feel. To make use of a corner
space, you can place a simple sectional sofa.
you can afford a little more space, place a couple of elegant chairs.
Instead of chairs, a cosily upholstered small bench can serve the
purpose. Small upholstered stools with internal storage could be a
stylish addition to this space. Using clear acrylic or glass top
coffee and side tables can reduce any creeping sense of clutter.
appropriate colour schemes and enough lighting fixtures to create a
cheerful and bright interior. Spread a small but graceful area rug to
augment the beauty of this space. If you are still looking for ideas,
browse through our magazine section or get a free consultation from
one of the talented interior designer on homify.