Place of life and relaxation, the living room is the room where the whole family meets to chat or watch TV late in the day. Thus, it must be comfortable, friendly and pleasant. Perfectly meeting these requirements, the contemporary style is perfect for decorating the living room.
Accessories and designer furniture, clean lines and light colors contribute to a contemporary living room – © Maisons du Monde
Clean lines, clear shades, design and functional accessories, design and practical furniture, these are the main features of contemporary design. In an interior decorated according to this style, everything revolves around the triangle “space, comfort and performance”. Indeed, beauty and practicality go hand in hand in this decoration spirit. The goal is to feel good at home and find all the features that meet your needs. If there is a room in the house where this style is perfect, it’s the living room!
Contemporary living room: open and warm
No futility, trinkets or bulky furniture, a contemporary living room is open, sleek, spacious and friendly. Thus, the essential is preserved and arranged so that the movements remain fluid during movement in the room. To benefit from this comfort, it is enough to preserve at least 80 cm of space around the armchairs. The corner sofas as well as the meridians are privileged because they can accommodate several people without being bulky. They are also comfortable and suitable for reading, watching TV and napping. Instead of chests that take up too much space, low TV tables with storage shelves are preferred. Between nonessential furniture and space, the latter is to be preferred. The furniture must meet two criteria: comfort and functionality.
The layout of the space is spacious and open: prefer corner sofas – © Maisons du Monde
Clean and warm, open and friendly, minimalist, the contemporary style has everything to seduce. The choice of furniture plays a key role in this style of decoration. It must be in sync with the available space. Furniture that is too large in a small area should be avoided. Modular and multifunctional furniture has all its place to minimize clutter. Thus, a sofa can serve as a library and a storage ottoman.
Opt for minimalist furniture – © Maisons du Monde
Contemporary living room: the light colors
If there is a rule to respect in the realization of a contemporary decoration, it is the use of the clear tints. These make the space brighter and more pleasant to look at. They also make it possible to enlarge the space visually. Thus, the dominant colors are white, blue, gray and beige. However, black also incorporates the must in terms of contemporary decor. It provides a nice contrast with the light colors and allows to structure the space by breaking the coldness established by the white.
The light colors enlarge the space and make it brighter – © Maisons du Monde
To enhance the overall decor, bright colors can be slipped here and there. They can dress vase, a table, a cushion … Red, petrol blue, orange, yellow or anise green, the shimmering hues cheerfully brighten a living room furnished in white, black or gray. However, bright colors must remain in the background. Whenever possible, the walls should be painted white just like the floor and the ceiling. A rug with graphic patterns on the floor is ideal for a more cozy atmosphere. A colorful painting on a wall, a green plant near the windows or a yellow vase on a white table, small touches of color are welcome in a contemporary interior.
Accessories warm up an interior composed of light colors – © Maisons du Monde
Contemporary living room: the brightness
The brightness of the room is very important to establish a serene and friendly atmosphere in the living room. Thanks to large openings such as picture windows, the sun’s rays penetrate easily during the day. Optimized by the light colors used to decorate the room, natural light is sufficient to illuminate the interior.
The sofas are placed so as to face the bay windows to be able to admire the view outside. This opening from the inside to the outside environment is particularly important. It increases the impression of space and makes the impression of confinement disappear in a small room. Ideally, this room should not be closed on itself. Open, it is delimited from the kitchen or a reading corner by an imaginary line or by windows.
During the night, the artificial lighting takes over to provide a pleasant and subdued atmosphere in the contemporary living room. Above the bar for example, two or three steel lamps can serve as lighting. The four corners of the room are lit by design and modular spots.
Place the corner sofa in front of the bay windows to enhance the view and natural lighting – © Lambert
Contemporary living room: materials
Contemporary style is also characterized by the use of materials such as steel and treated concrete. However, natural materials such as wood and leather are not excluded. Stair banisters, bars, lighting fixtures and furniture legs are readily chosen from steel. The sofas can be fabric or leather as desired. The solid wood tables have their place in a contemporary living room as long as the lines remain clean and sober.
The choice of materials, lighting and sober colors must be taken into account to create a contemporary living room – © Jori