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50 Modern Living Room Ideas for 2018

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018

How often do you look at your living room decor and wish you would have gone in a different direction? With so many unique design styles it’s difficult to resist a complete overhaul. Not to mention, most modern living rooms serve more than one purpose. This makes it perfect to mix and match design styles for a contemporary feel.

From the natural sunlight found in coastal decor to the statement rugs and bold colors found in bohemian styles, there is something for everyone. With 50 different living room ideas you will be inspired to make subtle upgrades to your own space or explore vibrant modern living room decor ideas that will enchant guests. You can simplify your search by using our filters that sort based on your living room size and furniture or decor ideas.

Once you’ve found the perfect modern living room design, discover various home decor accents like pillows, blankets and wall art to complete your look.

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Add shades of blue to your decor to give your living room a fresh and clean look.

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An exposed brick wall is the cornerstone behind every industrial living room design.

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Love rich patterns, but don't want to go overboard? Opt for a statement rug with bold colors.

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If space is an issue, find an airy bookshelf that functions as both a decorative and organizational piece.

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All decor does not have to match. Add personality to your living room with contrasting colors and patterns.

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Looking for an easy DIY project? Create a wall collage that showcases artwork you love.

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Create a relaxing and positive atmosphere by incorporating natural sunlight into your living room color scheme.

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Make your guests comfortable by using antique pieces to create a rustic and homey feel.

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Use pieces you already own to transform your living room and add a personalized touch.

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Let the past meet the present by curating pieces that are sure to spark conversation.

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Use mirrors to balance a fixed color scheme while adding a polished look to any modern living room.

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Instead of adding too much art, stick with one large piece that becomes the main focal point.

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Add an eclectic mix of pillows to draw attention to a couch that is naturally simple in design.

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Experiment with color by adding bright flowers that complement the original color scheme.

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Keep small spaces clutter-free with a minimalist's approach to decor and neutral foundation colors.

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If you have space to fill, find a sectional sofa that also serves as a nice decorative element.

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Refined lines, natural silhouettes and geometric shapes are key in achieving a modern style living room.

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Sometimes less is more. A stylish area rug is one way to add a contemporary touch.

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Don't have enough space to decorate the walls? Incorporate a patterned rug with a bold design.

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Bring nautical decor into your home with artwork that is reminiscent of life at sea.

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Find inspiration from nature and build from there. A couple of plants should do the trick.

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Built-in book shelves create a clean look that allows you to add more pieces while saving space.

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A little glam can be accomplished with a well-decorated coffee table that showcases beautiful flowers.

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You can never have enough pillows, and they're an effortless way to transform an entire look.

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You don't always need a couch. Opt for non-traditional pieces that create a retro vibe.

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Use offbeat styles of lamps to add the same level of sophistication found in this living room.

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Encourage a social atmosphere by having furniture face each other instead of the TV.

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Going for effortless style? Consider these plush mid-century modern living room chairs.

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Make your living room a DIY project by experimenting with different wood pieces to add to your decor.

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Tree stump coffee tables are a welcome alternative to the traditional rectangle design.

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Bring a level of zen to your design by invoking nature with a couple of green plants.

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Wall collages do not have to be complicated. Simple artwork will create a relaxing atmosphere.

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Keep things less formal and fun with a bean bag chair that has a creative design.

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Pair dark brown with light, contrasting colors for a warm and sophisticated feel.

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Keep your color scheme consistent and subtle like this yellow, white, and grey living room.

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Two showstopping pieces is all it takes to keep your coffee table decor elegant and chic.

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Create a comfortable and homey feel by placing pillows throughout your living room. The couch is not the only place they can be used.

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Go for a minimalist modern and glamorous chic look by only including the necessities and adding a pop of color.

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Build off of natural sunlight with beige and white foundation colors to create a relaxing atmosphere you won’t want to leave.

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Everyone loves an inspiring message. Incorporate this into your decor with rustic wall art or canvas signs.

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Distressed wood is not out of style. Save your antiques and pair them with upholstered furniture for cabin-inspired decor.

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If you can't choose one decor style, mix it up! Distressed wood pieces and throw blankets create an eclectic look.

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Refresh your modern living room decor with vibrant accent pieces that bring the space to life.

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Dive into the nautical theme while incorporating subtle elements that do not make your decor over the top.

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There's no better way to add some glam to your decor than by finding a one-of a-kind chaise lounge.

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There's no rule that says you have to stick to one pattern. Mix it up by combining chevron, floral and stripes.

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Use decorative accents like pillows and wall art to go from Plain Jane to an artsy and creative lair.

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Don't be afraid to blend bold patterns and vibrant colors. The key is to stick to the same color tones and intensities.

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Pink, brown and gold are the perfect complementary colors for a modern and chic living room.

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Complete a rustic look with wooden elements like woven baskets, a wood-based lamp or wall art.

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Go for modern decor pieces like this bar cart and end table to complete a glamorous chic look.

Photo Credit: Zeke Ruelas


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