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6 stylish modern living room ideas

WordsMegan Lambert


Don’t be fooled by the name, the modern decor trend refers to an interior design style dating from the 19th century to the mid-20th century. Though there are similarities, there are key differences between modern and contemporary decor in both period and materials. Modern decor flourished in tandem with the industrial movement and the result was a design style that favoured a streamlined approach to decor, with a preference for new, industrial materials like concrete, glass, and steel. 

Influenced by the German Bauhaus school of design, modern decor prioritises function over form, always. So, if you want to take a more streamlined, fuss-free approach to your life, why not take a look at these 6 stylish modern living room ideas.  

Modern living room idea: predominantly neutral colour palette

It will surely come as no surprise that a modern living room calls for a clean and simple colour palette and our timeless neutrals colour palette with Kelly Hoppen is just what the doctor ordered. Grown-up, grounding, and very soothing, these clean whites and deep greys will stand the test of time. If you want to you can inject a bit of colour sparingly, through your furnishings or artwork, but remember to avoid patterns and go for blocks of colour.

Shop our neutral paint collection by Kelly Hoppen or check out our living room paint colours.

Modern living room idea: well-defined, clean lines

A modern living room is all about streamlined living and creating that sense of simplicity and flow, therefore open plan living is a popular floorplan. Whether you have an open plan home or not you can still achieve the look through clever decor choices. For example, if you’ve got large sliding doors, leave them bare and avoid blocking them with furniture. You could also opt for furniture with simple lines, like an infinity sofa or long, low coffee table.

Clean lines and symmetry via unsplash
Clean lines and symmetry via unsplash

Modern living room idea: minimal clutter

Clutter is the nemesis of any modern living room, so keep it to a minimum with clever storage options. Tidy away your mess with streamlined built-in storage. This is no more apparent than in the modern trend for ‘shy tech’. And remember, keep cushions and throws to a minimum.