6 Inspiring Modern Living Room Designs

11/12/15 in Interiors

When you think of modern design, sleek lines and a white palette often spring to mind. However, from bright pops of colour to retro furniture, you can give your living room a contemporary makeover, without going for the typical minimalist look.

Here are six of our favourite designs.

1.     Pops of Pastels

Modern Living Room Design - Pops of Pastels

Design by Horton & Co. Design

Looking for a way to add some colour to your living room, without going overboard? This design cleverly mixes soft greys and creams with pastel colours, abstract art and a stylish Eames lounge chair, to create an airy space with a contemporary edge. To get the look, view our replica of this classic Eames design.

2. Monochrome Palette 

 Modern Living Room Design-Monochrome Palette

Design by Hither & Thither

This design pairs a monochrome colour scheme with angular furnishings and copper lights, resulting in a space with an unmistakably retro vibe. Homeowners are often scared of the colour black – but this room is a great example of how effective the shade can be, if used sparingly.


3.     Rich Shades and Luxury Textures

 Modern Living Room Design - Rich Shades and Luxury Textures

Design by Turner Pocock Interior Design

If you want to add a touch of opulence to your living room, velvet should be your go-to fabric. With a stylish couch, rich feature colours, striking lamps and layered artworks, this eclectic design is anything but minimalist – and creates a cosy space with real impact. 

4.     Retro Style 

Modern Living Room Design - Retro Style

Design by A Cup of Jo. Photo Credit Alpha Smoot

We love designs that have stood the test of time – so we couldn’t resist another retro living room. With an Eames-style desk chair, angular coffee table and unusually shaped lounge chairs, this space has a laidback 60s vibe. The large amount of wood also adds a touch of Scandinavian style.


5.     Shocking Pink

Modern Living Room Design - Shocking Pink

Design by Gabriel Holland Interior Design

Although not for the fainthearted, this design is a great way to make an impact. The shocking pink chairs and cupboard make a strong statement, without taking it too far. The elegant arched floor lamp also adds drama to the space – you can get the look with our Arco Floor Lamp.

6.     Modern and Airy

Modern Living Room Design - Modern and Airy

Design by AS You See It

If you’re looking for a modern, airy design, without completely white-washing the space, shades of blue are a good choice. This design also utilises a range of textures, preventing the living room from feeling bland or ‘cold’, whilst the retro furnishings add the finishing touch.


So, if you want to give your living room a modern makeover, you don’t have to stick to a white colour palette. From pops of shocking pink to retro furniture and luxurious fabrics, high-profile designers aren’t sticking to the standard ‘contemporary’ formula.

Browse our range of contemporary replica furniture and make your living room stand out from the crowd.



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