50 Contemporary Living Room Ideas (Photos)

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If you like contemporary (current) living room designs and want some inspiration, check out these hand-selected 50 contemporary living room ideas.

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Stunning contemporary formal living room with white and gray furniture and very tall ceilings.

Welcome to our contemporary style living room design photo gallery where you can search for living rooms designed in the contemporary style.

Contemporary means “current” in design.  It’s not modern living room design, although many people use the terms interchangeably.

Scroll through our hand-selected, carefully chosen collection of current living room designs.

It’s very on trend for contemporary designs to be monochrome. But this living room proves that adding a pop of color through a statement piece like this maroon sofa can make all the difference.

Designed by Audax

It’s very on trend for contemporary designs to be monochrome. But this living room proves that adding a pop of color through a statement piece like this maroon sofa can make all the difference.

This living room brings together the Holy Grail of combinations, which is combining natural light and soft whites for a very contemporary look. The dark wooden accents also add some old world charm.

Source: Redfin

This living room brings together the Holy Grail of combinations, which is combining natural light and soft whites for a very contemporary look. The dark wooden accents also add some old world charm.

Lighting is a key part of contemporary design and this living room mixes natural light with soft, warm artificial lighting for an overall exceptionally cozy effect.

Designed by: LLI Design

Lighting is a key part of contemporary design and this living room mixes natural light with soft, warm artificial lighting for an overall exceptionally cozy effect.

Lighting is a key part of contemporary design and this living room mixes natural light with soft, warm artificial lighting for an overall exceptionally cozy effect.

Designed by: Sanders Architecture

Lighting is a key part of contemporary design and this living room mixes natural light with soft, warm artificial lighting for an overall exceptionally cozy effect.

Another view of the living room shows how the opposite wall utilizes a funky, geometric pattern to add some life to a simpler design.

Designed by: Sanders Architecture

Another view of the living room shows how the opposite wall utilizes a funky, geometric pattern to add some life to a simpler design.

Once again, you can see how using interesting accessorizes in a simply furnished room can add a lot of character and interest in a room.

Architect: Oleg Klodt

Once again, you can see how using interesting accessorizes in a simply furnished room can add a lot of character and interest in a room.

If you want an elegant living room, look for soft creams and deep woods. Contrast these with jewel toned accessories such as the midnight blue couches and plant life like this image for a sophisticated finish.

If you want an elegant living room, look for soft creams and deep woods. Contrast these with jewel toned accessories such as the midnight blue couches and plant life like this image for a sophisticated finish.

A wider angle of the room above shows how this design also adds some symmetry to décor for a put together look.

Large living room with baby grand piano, brown couch and fireplace. Ceiling fan as well.

This living room doesn’t strictly follow the brief for contemporary design because of its textured, bronzy color palette. But the room still comes off as contemporary because of the uncluttered approach to décor and excellently placed lighting.

Lounge-like living room with brown sectional sofa, fireplace, recessed lighting and black grand piano.

This cozy, warmly lit living room has beautiful light and reflective mirrors and table tops to add even more glow to the surroundings. It makes for an intensely inviting aesthetic.

White and black are staples of contemporary and modern interior design. This living room uses fun geometric patterns for accessories such as rugs and tables to add a more modern touch.

This living room doesn’t strictly follow the brief for contemporary design because of its textured, bronzy color palette. But the room still comes off as contemporary because of the uncluttered approach to décor and excellently placed lighting.

Another angle of the room above shows how well the striped rug matches the décor!

Spacious formal living room with white walls and ceiling.

This room uses neutral tones for furnishing and adds some flair with cute accessories. This way, you’ll always have a gorgeous base to work with and can keep changing around looks with different colored pillows/accessories.

Contemporary living room with gray fireplace and white sofas.

A minimalistic living room is popular in contemporary design. This living room keeps it simple and clean with a quick pop of color through bright orange décor pieces.

This living room fuses gothic elements of dark grays and blood reds with contemporary minimalism for a darker, moodier aesthetic.

A large ceiling, big windows, and a soft neutral color scheme make this living room design perfect for any space you want to open up more.

A large ceiling, big windows, and a soft neutral color scheme make this living room design perfect for any space you want to open up more.

Don’t be afraid to use more wood in your design. The trick is to balance heavy woodwork with simpler furnishing so that the design doesn’t seem too overpowering.

A large ceiling, big windows, and a soft neutral color scheme make this living room design perfect for any space you want to open up more.

Don’t be afraid to use more wood in your design. The trick is to balance heavy woodwork with simpler furnishing so that the design doesn’t seem too overpowering.

Don’t be afraid to use more wood in your design. The trick is to balance heavy woodwork with simpler furnishing so that the design doesn’t seem too overpowering.

This room uses neutral tones for furnishing and adds some flair with cute accessories. This way, you’ll always have a gorgeous base to work with and can keep changing around looks with different colored pillows/accessories.

This living room has classic design elements like a brick fireplace with some modern elements like bare windows, contemporary art and chandeliers for a fusion that works!

 

This living room gives a very inviting and warm vibe thanks to careful artificial lighting that makes the neutral color palette look even cozier.

Choosing the right accent color for your design can make or break how a room looks. This living room utilizes black against the creamy furnishings for a contemporary touch to an otherwise traditionally furnished room.

This living room keeps it simple and neutral to the core. But to keep things from getting too bland, make sure to add one or two pieces to add some warmth such as this wooden table.

Image Source: Zillow

This living room keeps it simple and neutral to the core. But to keep things from getting too bland, make sure to add one or two pieces to add some warmth such as this wooden table.

Incorporating an element of symmetry into how you place your furniture and décor can make your living room look more polished, like we see here.

Source: Trulia

Incorporating an element of symmetry into how you place your furniture and décor can make your living room look more polished, like we see here.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

People often mistake contemporary for cold and clinical décor. This room proves you can add plenty of earthy tones and plants for a warmer effect, while still keeping it neat and modern.

People often mistake contemporary for cold and clinical décor. This room proves you can add plenty of earthy tones and plants for a warmer effect, while still keeping it neat and modern.

This living room adds a colorful touch to a simple room. It does so not only with color but with a fun striped pattern for couches.

This living room adds a colorful touch to a simple room. It does so not only with color but with a fun striped pattern for couches.

This living room adds a colorful touch to a simple room. It does so not only with color but with a fun striped pattern for couches.

This living room adds a colorful touch to a simple room. It does so not only with color but with a fun striped pattern for couches.

Continuing the trend of using patterns for interiors, this room uses a large patterned carpet. This is a great option for smaller spaces as it doesn’t shrink the size of the room as crowded patterns on furniture tend to do.

Continuing the trend of using patterns for interiors, this room uses a large patterned carpet. This is a great option for smaller spaces as it doesn’t shrink the size of the room as crowded patterns on furniture tend to do.

Continuing the trend of using patterns for interiors, this room uses a large patterned carpet. This is a great option for smaller spaces as it doesn’t shrink the size of the room as crowded patterns on furniture tend to do.

Continuing the trend of using patterns for interiors, this room uses a large patterned carpet. This is a great option for smaller spaces as it doesn’t shrink the size of the room as crowded patterns on furniture tend to do.

Like something out of the Hobbit, this living room with a curved entranceway keeps the tone earthy with dark mahogany, mossy green and plenty of plants. But there’s still a contemporary neatness to the design.

Like something out of the Hobbit, this living room with a curved entranceway keeps the tone earthy with dark mahogany, mossy green and plenty of plants. But there’s still a contemporary neatness to the design.

Like something out of the Hobbit, this living room with a curved entranceway keeps the tone earthy with dark mahogany, mossy green and plenty of plants. But there’s still a contemporary neatness to the design.

Like something out of the Hobbit, this living room with a curved entranceway keeps the tone earthy with dark mahogany, mossy green and plenty of plants. But there’s still a contemporary neatness to the design.

This living room is a great example of how you shouldn’t be afraid to mix cool and warm toned elements. When done right, the result can be very pleasing to the eyes!

This living room is a great example of how you shouldn’t be afraid to mix cool and warm toned elements. When done right, the result can be very pleasing to the eyes!

We’re loving the turquoise rug and accessories in this living room. It makes everything seem light and breezy. Color is always such an important choice!

We’re loving the turquoise rug and accessories in this living room. It makes everything seem light and breezy. Color is always such an important choice!

A combination of simplicity and statement pieces makes this living room a perfect contemporary example. It’s clean while not being boring.

A combination of simplicity and statement pieces makes this living room a perfect contemporary example. It’s clean while not being boring.

When you want to use a number of elements in a room without overcrowding it, try and add some symmetry to how you’re using them to keep things coordinated

When you want to use a number of elements in a room without overcrowding it, try and add some symmetry to how you’re using them to keep things coordinated

The color palette of this room perfectly complements the contemporary design. The feminine floral pillows add a nice touch, but what we really love is the contrast of the darker rug and fireplace in the otherwise softer colors of the room.

The color palette of this room perfectly complements the contemporary design. The feminine floral pillows add a nice touch, but what we really love is the contrast of the darker rug and fireplace in the otherwise softer colors of the room.

Gorgeous lighting, soft furnishing and wooden accents make for a perfect combination. Remember that!

Gorgeous lighting, soft furnishing and wooden accents make for a perfect combination. Remember that!

This living room is as contemporary as it gets, but what really cements the design is a gorgeous, sleek fireplace. Elements like that can really add a modern touch!

This living room is as contemporary as it gets, but what really cements the design is a gorgeous, sleek fireplace. Elements like that can really add a modern touch!

Tall ceilings are practically an important décor all by themselves! We love the way natural light flows in this room and the simple furnishings makes the space look clean and cool.

Tall ceilings are practically an important décor all by themselves! We love the way natural light flows in this room and the simple furnishings makes the space look clean and cool.

This living room proves that you can have a consistent color theme and not need any accented pieces while keeping the room beautiful and interesting.

This living room proves that you can have a consistent color theme and not need any accented pieces while keeping the room beautiful and interesting.

Blue is always such a great color to add to any space. It goes well with the cool and warm toned themes alike and adds a soft beauty to the surroundings.

Blue is always such a great color to add to any space. It goes well with the cool and warm toned themes alike and adds a soft beauty to the surroundings.

Once again, a sleek fireplace acts like its own piece of art. But what’s interesting here are these blank paintings above the fireplace. They seem simple but they add a lot of chic to your design.

Once again, a sleek fireplace acts like its own piece of art. But what’s interesting here are these blank paintings above the fireplace. They seem simple but they add a lot of chic to your design.

This design, though contemporary, looks like a cozy cottage because of the color palette. The warm beige, light gray and soft creams are major elements in this room. A little bit of warm, cool, and neutral when done right looks heavenly!

This design, though contemporary, looks like a cozy cottage because of the color palette. The warm beige, light gray and soft creams are major elements in this room. A little bit of warm, cool, and neutral when done right looks heavenly!

It’s interesting to note how the design for this room pulls off plain walls and brick walls in three different shades of white, cream, and gray, while still looking elegant. It’s all about coordination folks!

It’s interesting to note how the design for this room pulls off plain walls and brick walls in three different shades of white, cream, and gray, while still looking elegant. It’s all about coordination folks!

This room uses neutral tones for furnishing and adds some flair with cute accessories. This way, you’ll always have a gorgeous base to work with and can keep changing around looks with different colored pillows/accessories.

This room uses neutral tones for furnishing and adds some flair with cute accessories. This way, you’ll always have a gorgeous base to work with and can keep changing around looks with different colored pillows/accessories.

For interiors near beaches or water bodies, keeping a white sandy theme adds to a breezy aesthetic that goes perfectly with the view.

For interiors near beaches or water bodies, keeping a white sandy theme adds to a breezy aesthetic that goes perfectly with the view. Another angle of the room above shows how minimal wooden accents compliment the beach vibe.

Another angle of the room above shows how minimal wooden accents compliment the beach vibe.

This room must have plenty of natural light in the mornings thanks to the massive windows, but the artificial lighting is perfectly complements the mocha browns of the interior.

This room must have plenty of natural light in the mornings thanks to the massive windows, but the artificial lighting is perfectly complements the mocha browns of the interior.

This living room would have ended up looking pretty bland had it not been for the beautiful patterns of the chairs, cushions, and carpet.

This living room would have ended up looking pretty bland had it not been for the beautiful patterns of the chairs, cushions, and carpet.

The coordination of colors in this living room is very beautifully done. The wood compliments the walls has adorned by art, which complements the bricks of the fireplace. This blends seamlessly with the cream and white furnishings. It’s really very well done!

The coordination of colors in this living room is very beautifully done. The wood compliments the walls has adorned by art, which complements the bricks of the fireplace. This blends seamlessly with the cream and white furnishings. It’s really very well done!

A great tip for tall rooms is to use hanging lights to add some balance. The chandelier here also has the distinct advantage of a beautiful, modern design that makes it look all the more trendy.

A great tip for tall rooms is to use hanging lights to add some balance. The chandelier here also has the distinct advantage of a beautiful, modern design that makes it look all the more trendy.

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The contemporary living room is popular, and we’ve got plenty of contemporary living room design ideas to share with you. Contemporary living room designs are easy to implement and easy to make look good in practically any physical space. The main appeal of the contemporary living room is that it’s easy to populate with appliances like TVs without making anything seem out of place.

Newness Is Smoothness

Part of the contemporary living room design aesthetic is smoothness. Large surfaces should be smooth, having minimal variation in texture and only a single color. The great thing about this concept is that you can combine some large smooth surfaces with single colors to make a very colorful living room very easily.

This means that in your choice of coffee table, art, couch, and other furniture, opt for smooth textures with single hues of color. Avoid anything remotely kitschy that contains corduroy or plaid, and tread very carefully with woods and leathers. Woods and leathers can work in a contemporary living room, but it’s all dependent on how the light hits them.

Let Natural Light Be your Guide

Light has a major role to play in any contemporary living room design. In general, the smoothness of contemporary living rooms looks the best when they can receive a ton of natural light from large windows—perhaps as large as a wall.

The flow of natural light into the living room should determine how everything else is set up. You want the light to illuminate the area in front of where you’ll be spending most of your time, on the couch or chairs.

Plan Artificial Light To Be Warm

You’ll need to supplement your natural light with artificial light sources in a contemporary living room. You’re going to have a lot of choices for artificial light, and many of them will be workable. The main concern is that artificial light sources should seem warm. No harsh fluorescent light.

Additionally, artificial light in a contemporary themed living room should probably be colorless aside from its warmth. If you’re looking for a crazy living room where you can install red lighting or change the mood instantly, contemporary living rooms aren’t going to fit the bill—they rely too much on the contrast between the light source and the flat spaces.

If these ideas don’t appeal to you, check out our larger gallery of living room design ideas.

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