Do you find yourself drawn to contemporary living room décor but concerned about how to warm it up for real life? You’re not alone. The lines and design of contemporary style are fluid over time (today’s contemporary will not be the contemporary design of 2025), but currently they involve a bit of minimalist modernism, which has the potential for aesthetic sterility. Here are some options to consider for easily warming up your contemporary living room so that you have the best of both worlds – a great, clean-lined design with plenty of welcome and staying power. Deep Wall Color, because contemporary living room furniture is often clean-lined and hard-angled, the aesthetic can appear more rigid and cold than is probably intended. Soften the feel of the entire living room by laying a foundation of muted, deep, and/or warm coloring on the walls. Contrast Piping. There is something inherently softening and friendly about two-tone furniture, and contrast piping on contemporary living room furniture is as welcoming as it is classy. Particularly when the colors themselves are neutral and soothing, such as are on this eggshell-and-steel-blue sofa. Animal Reference. From faux taxidermy to wall art, statues to rugs, animal prints, patterns, and references adeptly combine the contemporary zest for chic wildlife with the animals’ intrinsic natural-ness. Even in a space where high gloss, reflective surfaces, and glamour are the thing, reference to animals brings the entire space down to an absorbable and truly inviting level. As shiny metallic, abstract, or modern as your living room’s light fixture might be, the inclusion of light bulbs with warm lumens will create an immediate softening of the space. This is a particularly effective balance to strike in the contemporary living room, as lighting extends throughout the entire room, not just affecting one visual experience. Layers of Layers. Whether your first love is layering prints in front of the mirror on the mantel, or mixing eight throw pillows on the sofa, or stacking area rugs, layering is an excellent design choice for softening a space. Edges and lines don’t disappear (which is important in contemporary design), but they do blur a bit when layered. These nesting-type oval coffee tables have an excellent layering appeal and add depth (which usually = warmth) to this neutral monochromatic living room arrangement. Tropical Foliage. While the days of matching printed upholstery to curtains (and even wallpaper and flooring) are history for many, remnants of those delightful prints still remain to create a sense of comfort in the contemporary living room. Tropical foliage and other related prints are always welcome in a modern living room. A throw pillow with frond print, for example, provides a sophisticated dose.Natural Wood. The grain and multi-colored characteristics of raw, exposed, and natural wood is a beautiful addition to the contemporary living room space. Not only does the neutral color of wood bring in warmth, but the inherent variation in the wood grain and shape itself brings in organic and nature-loving elements to the contemporary décor.Textured Textiles. Natural fabrics and wovens tend to have an innately inviting texture to them. Think of tweed, wool, and linen, for examples. Their appearance mimics the subtle unevenness that’s exhibited in nature itself, in tree bark, rock faces, and the cloudy sky itself. While the silhouette of a piece can be decidedly modern or contemporary, the upholstery can soften it right up. Green plant life, in small and large doses alike, offer an inherent freshness and softness to the contemporary living room, regardless of many other factors. Place a larger potted plant in the corner of the living room, or a smaller potted green on the coffee table or bookshelf. Plaid Touches. Let’s be real for a minute: few items of décor are as cozying as plaid. Plaid upholstery, walls, throw pillows, rugs, etc. On whatever and wherever plaid finds itself, the immediate surroundings feel friendlier, more familiar, and inviting. Plaid works in the contemporary space, though, because of its solid classic grid pattern, so the two pieces make an excellent pairing. You can have furniture with great lines that is still comfortable, as is evident by this plush contemporary sectional, which is key to a warm, inviting living room. Few people want to linger in a space where the furniture is stuffy or uncomfortable, but the opposite is true in a contemporary living room with beautiful seating that you can sink into and stay awhile.
Define and Highlight Your Style with Living Room Accents, as one of the most trafficked spaces in a home, the living room is primed to showcase your style preferences. The large pieces in your living room definitely play a role in the tone and appeal of the space, but it’s the living room accents that play a critical role in defining and highlighting your style. Choose wisely, and your guests and other house members will love to spend time in the living room environment you’ve created. This article presents some great ideas for living room accents that aim to inspire and delight. While animal head mounts have certainly become more popular and more common recently, there are still ways to use this idea in your living room décor in original ways. Different colors, sheens, and/or other coatings on an animal wall mount than what are generally expected give it just the right amount of personality and individuality. A sophisticated twist that showcases great style (and a sense of humor). Contemporary Area Rug. Living room rugs can be interesting beasts, really. If your décor is spare, you might want to bring in some visual interest with a heavily patterned rug. If your room already has multiple things going on, a sparser rug might be in order. Play off the lines and proportions of your living room to select a great rug… and make sure it’s big enough for your space. Modern, Industrial Wall Art. Artwork is an integral part of successful living room accents. Of course, wall art can and does take a variety of forms. Consider a simple industrial piece out of thick gauged wire to suggest movement and great taste as one of many modern living room ideas. (This piece has great DIY potential as well!). Organic Elements Blended. Handwoven upholstery on a single side chair or set makes for a fantastically unique living room accent piece. Really raise the organic, world market vibe by pairing it with other earthy elements, such as a fur throw pillow, ceramic bowl, and plenty of wooden elements. One of the most beautiful aspects of the use of natural materials in design is their uniqueness, and a stone- or rough-cut wooden sofa side table provides just that. Wrought iron legs on this natural side table make it a perfect living room accent piece for any number of styles. Unexpected Gilding. Antlers are nothing new in the world of décor, particularly in rustic settings or those seeking an element of unpretentious natural appeal. But the charm in this coffee table arrangement comes in the unexpected gilding of one of the antlers. It’s subtle, whimsical, and completely charming. Glass-Topped Coffee Table. finch table camp chairs and glass top coffee table, When an interesting coffee table’s base can serve as a foundation for an artistic vignette, a glass table top is a great choice. This also works well in small living rooms (glass = visually lightweight) or above area rugs that might be on the “busier” side, aesthetically. Bold Color, bold Statue. Living room accents are so fun to play around with, largely because the living room tends to be the home’s main gathering, mingling space (perhaps tied in hang-out popularity with the kitchen). A life-sized statue of a beloved or interesting animal, for example, becomes the backbone of the space’s personality. Who wouldn’t want to sit comfortably in chartreuse-and-chrome club chairs and observe the great outdoors with such a statue? (Or should we say, “Whoo”?) Things-Are-Not-As-They-Seem Lamp. Its shape is largely traditional, but the surprise two-dimensional aspect of this rustic, reclaimed-wood lamp is anything but. This simple unexpected detail catapults this piece into contemporary design, but with a definite cottage-appeal twist. A loose and wrinkled lampshade also provides casual charm. Pull-Up-A-Chair Pillow Stack. Seating options make a living room what it is just as much as anything else, and for the comfortably welcome home, a stack of lusciously worn leather poufs is just the thing. Piled up in a corner, this adjustable seating option certainly serves as a deconstructable living room accent piece. Symmetrical pops of color. In a neutral living room space, there tends to be a certain sense of order and predictability. Adding in a bit of color is often helpful for infusing the space with energy and fun, but if the color accents fall too far outside the realm of structured order, it can seem disharmonious. Hence, the practice of incorporating pops of color in somewhat predictable, pleasing ways – symmetrical red throw pillows, for example. Universal Sunburst Mirror. Sunburst mirrors have made acomeback in the past decade or so. While they might seem like a piece that could be overdone, it’s quite amazing how individual yet universal the sunburst mirror design is. I believe a person would be hard-pressed to find a living room in which some kind of sunburst mirror wouldn’t “work.” Unique seating options from rattan and leather. Have you ever remembered someone’s house based on one piece alone? That can absolutely be the case if you incorporate a standout living room accent by way of unique seating. This leather-upholstered wicker number (is it a rocker, even?!) is easygoing and chic; a perfect combination of beachy-suave. Be sure any seating in the living room has great lighting options to encourage visitors to sit and stay awhile. Versatile Coffee Table. Versatile coffee table design Perhaps one of the biggest stars on a furniture piece’s resume comes from its ability to multitask. A versatile coffee table is definitely a heavy-hitter when done correctly. If it has style AND separates, seats, and/or stores stuff, give your living room’s coffee table a thumbs-up next time you’re in the room. Who knows? The table is talented enough that it just might high-five you back. Easygoing Upholstery. For the homeowner who likes to not take him/herself too seriously (and who wants visitors to feel the same sense of ease and acceptance), non-traditionally upholstered pieces in the living room work wonders. We love the colorful accents in this inviting space – golden yellow, comforting cottage green, and plenty of white and wood elements. Leggy Lighting. Many of us look for opportunities to break up the large chunks of mass that tend to accumulate in the living room, such as the sofa, club chairs, even fireplace and armoires. One way to do this is through living room accents such as lighting. Choose a streamlined floor lamp with an oversized shade for a balanced aesthetic statement. Furniture with a Built-In Appeal. Most of us love built-ins, but sometimes it’s hard to think of anything but bookshelves when it comes to a built-in look. However, a chunky attached “side table” with an accompanying brass lamp are living room accents that give this loveseat an unabashed custom aesthetic. Beautiful! Double-Pillow Chair Back. The no-nonsense colors of this unexpected chair are part of its perfect charm. Emphasizing pillows or other soft textiles in your living room accents is a lovely way to bring comfort into the space, both visually and tactilely. Classic Lighting. Among our favorite living room accents is lighting that reeks of sophistication, shine, and simplicity. This balance isn’t an easy one to strike, but a basic pharmacy floor lamp in brass is hard to mess up in living rooms of almost any size and style. Oversized Wall Mural/Accent. Get a massive bang for your decorative buck by adding in an oversized piece on a living room wall. This becomes an automatic focal point and, despite its massive size, actually simplifies the decorating requirements of your space. The light-on-dark motif is particularly striking.
This living room was done in Scandinavian style and several pastel touches. Scandinavian style is very popular for décor today but sometimes it looks a bit cold and uncomfortable. This living room is none of that kind, it looks cool, warm and even a bit cheerful. Let’s have a closer look at it to catch some details and get inspired. The living room is spacious and includes not only a living space but also a dining one and a playroom for the kids. Scandinavian style supposes lots of light and light shades, so the walls were painted white, and the original oak floor was restored. It was sanded, painted and refinished, so the wood grain was still visible. The original large window was also restored to flood the room with light. The fireplace divided the space into two parts: a living room and a dining room. Such a bright and light-filled room often looks a bit cold, so the designers opted for pastel furniture and décor. The furniture is modern, simple, partly from IKEA, which is a symbol of timeless Nordic décor. Pastel pillows, banners, chairs, wall and fireplace décor spruced up a cold space and turned it into an inviting one. There’s a teepee in the corner, which is a favorite space for the kids to play, and a cool glass cabinet filled with colorful toys. The dining zone features a large shelving unit and a dining table with chairs.
Control your catchall living room closet and get organizing tips that fit your daily needs. Depending on the age of your house and the style of its layout, you may or may not have a closet within the living room. If you do find yourself with a closet here, count your lucky stars. More storage space — especially the kind behind closed doors — is always a plus. A closet in one of the less-trafficked rooms, such as a living room, can solve problems you did not know you had. One approach is to dedicate the space to the things that fall outside the daily workings of a home. Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets says this can be the perfect landing spot for the items that rotate through our homes while we are busy welcoming and celebrating others. She recommends that clients treat this space as an entertaining storage hub of sorts. "We recommend hanging linens, which can keep them wrinkle-free and ready at a moment‘s notice," she says, "and this is a perfect space for them." It is also a good spot for large trays and oddly shaped serving items. Because this closet won‘t be used on a daily basis, it can be a safe home for the odds and ends — some fragile, some just bulky — that rotate through our lives, like vases, candlesticks, board games and such. Scott also notes that her own family room closet includes a gift-wrapping station complete with a tall desk and baskets and drawers for ribbon and wrap, where she can prepare a gift at a moment‘s notice. Decorator Rebecca Hawkins says that the more creatively you think about outfitting the space, the better it can work for you. "If your closet has plenty of room, you could put a pretty chest of drawers in there so you had have drawers for all the little things," she says. "But I have seen people hide media equipment in spots like this. Anything needed for televisions, computers or music — even Wi-Fi equipment." And that brings us to another approach to decking out the living room closet. Because it does not get rummaged around in as often as others, this can be a good spot for hiding some of your home‘s necessities that you don‘t want to spotlight. Think Wi-Fi network adapters, maybe even home security systems or fireproof boxes — anything that must be in an easily accessible and central location but also out of the way. Think about how you can best use this closet space for the practical necessities that keep your home in good working order or the things that make entertaining a little bit more effortless. Regardless of which approach you take, you will be glad to have the peace of mind knowing that things are safe and sound — and behind the door that keeps it all neatly out of view.
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