Modern Living Room Décor Ideas - Modern Sydney Living


Stylish Living Room Decoration Ideas that Offer Endless Inspiration

Modern living rooms have become spaces to show your creativity. The living room can be comfortable as well as stylish. Functionality is also a prerequisite for a modern living room. This is the space where you spend most of your time during the day and when you come back from work. Thus, it makes perfect sense if you want it to be cozy. But, at the same time, it is your choice and appeal that decides if you would rather like it to be formal. Your choices and character should reflect in the decor of your living room. There could be numerous designs and ideas available for you to incorporate into your living room but the most important factor still remains your choice and comfort.

Modern Living Rooms Brimming With Colour

The modern living room speaks of your style and demeanour. If you are fierce and bold then it does not bode well for your living room to be decorated in drab or neutral colours. You could always use a pop of colour to spruce up your space. The colour can be added in the form of throw pillows. Small throw pillows all over the couch and the floor seating can bring out the character of your space. The pop of colour could be added in the form of a statement piece in maybe a fireplace. Bold coloured fireplaces bring about the warmth and joy of living space. Stylish lighting in colourful hues can do wonders for your lighting needs, mood, and even the style of your living room decor. Hot pink, purple, and teal are the colours that are the people's favourites this season. 

For example try a comfy blue soft out.

The Modern and Transitional Living Room

In Sydney, lately people are opting for the modern and transitional style in the living room. Neutral colours rule this style of the living room. These living rooms tend to superimpose the modern take on the traditional approach. Minimalism is stressed upon in this technique. A limited number of accessories are recommended here. Different elements can be made use of to provide texture. One big artwork can be sufficient if used in abandon. So, basically, this style is the cohesive amalgamation of traditional and modern to achieve timeless beauty.

This beautiful cupboard with European doors might be a great accent to add to the old-world charm of modern space.

Modern Living Rooms With Mid-Century Inspired Furniture

Modern living rooms can create a traditional silhouette using dated pieces of furniture such as the one sideboard shared here. Old school solid black frame used in contrast to the glass surface gives a homely vibe. The use of strong colour palettes, an old style of chandeliers, and maybe some potted plants can help you achieve the look.

Modern and Minimalist Living Rooms

The modern and minimalist living rooms use the minimum number of things. Try this sofa in your living room with a few other additions can help keep your living room spacious and airy. If a centre table is not to your liking, a compact coffee table could do the trick. You can play with colours and textures to achieve a minimalist vibe. Just keep in mind to not include any mindless articles in your living room.

A Living Room With Pattern and Texture

The patterns and textures play an important role in the decoration of the living room. One thing that you should be mindful of is the avoidance of the high contrast within your living room design. Subtlety is the key to achieving cohesion. Very loud pieces with little to no cohesion with the rest of the decor must be let go. The under-mentioned gamer chair has white shearling effect fabric in upholstery and a black steel frame for added comfort.

The Modern Care-free Living Room

The use of abstract art or modern looking lounge chairs can do wonders for your living room space. It is important to neutralize the harsh geometric patterns with blunted textures. Maybe the use of some greenery can help neutralize the Luna Taupe coffee table. Colour balancing is also important. If you are using one colourful piece then it is important to accent it down with some other neutral pieces.

Black and White Modern Living Rooms

The next style of living room decoration is that of a black and white modern living room. Here the use of black and white in subtle contrast rather than piercing manner can help get the edgy feel you are looking for. Bold black subdued with the use of white can bring out the black pieces.

The above-mentioned Teak Abstract Black Column Rack can be used in contrast with the white armchair to your reading nook. This gives it the classy air while being practical.

Modern Art Deco Living Room

The geometric shapes and opulent finishes are a staple of this style. Just like this Cylinda Table lamp can add the much-needed oomph to your living room.

The use of heavy furniture pieces that nod to the older years in conjunction with slimmer and functional pieces can up the character of your space. 

Modern and Minimal Living Rooms

Next in line is a style of decorating the living room in a modern and minimal way. It just means the use of compact and few pieces of furniture but at the same time, the style should not compromise with comfort. For example, the Barcelona Marthan Grey Velvet Armchair can be used with compact coffee tables and maybe rugs rather than a full-on sofa. This is a setup that screams comfort with minimalism.

Whichever style of living room decoration you choose, the following pointers are recommended to make them even better-

    • Consider the symmetry-

The symmetry of the living room must be paid attention to. If you have two similar pieces, they must be balanced out with the use of lighting options, accessories and even pairing the seating is a good idea.

    • Seating plan must be connected-

It always pays to make sure that the seating plan is well connected and allows the flow of conversation freely.

    • Balance out the pieces of furniture-

If you have one piece really heavy intricately designed sofa, then you should think about balancing it with much smaller and simpler pieces.

    • Greenery with a thought-

Rather than just adding a few pots of plants to your living room, make sure you use them with proper thought, as to them getting proper sunlight and their placement according to the aesthetics.

    • Unrestricted flow-

There must be an unrestricted flow of traffic. A proper space to move about. If everything is very congested, then it gives a sense of untidiness rather than the comfort that you are looking for. 

    • Rugs and carpets are dividers-
    • a clear sense of space can be created by using the rugs. This also helps in maintaining the traffic movement. Rugs and carpets help in clearly demarcating the space and making full use of it.
    • Center of focus-

Rather than pointing all your furniture towards the TV, which is so passe, create the seating for the conversation. To point in a direction that is to be your focus, use the available fireplace as an attraction. 

    • Proportionate pieces-

Consider the size of individual furniture and proportionate them. It is important to subdue the size, enormity. Very big pieces could be balanced with the smaller ones.

    • Mix & match contrasting shapes- 

Straight and angular pieces should be subdued with neutral shapes such as circular and oval. Only the angular shapes in a living room can make it look very unwelcoming. On the other hand, all the circular shapes could make your living area actually lose an edge ( pun intended).

    • Distribute your light sources- 

Make sure that all your light sources are not concentrated in one corner but the whole room should have adequate lighting with judicious distribution.

  • Make use of available natural light and features-

 Inherent features to the room such as windows must be used judiciously as a light source and also take care that the height of your furniture does not cross the ledge.

Modern Living Room With Rustic Elements

Too much neutral space and ultra-modern furniture can make your living room feel sterile. You can introduce warmth into your large living room with pops of rustic elements. However, rustic doesn’t necessarily mean bulky timber and other dark woods. There are several ways to make your modern living room feel homey and comfortable. 

To start with, replace your minimalist lighting fixtures with industrial lights that lend visual interest to your interiors. Moreover, you cannot forget about upholstery and textures. Style your couch with textured cushions and a plush throw. 

Every living room needs a focal point. Enjoy the best of contemporary minimalism and rustic charm with a floor-length decorative antique mirror. Besides adding visual appeal, mirrors also make a space appear bigger and brighter.

If you are on a tight budget, you can still create an inviting space with inexpensive decor items. Decorate an open shelf with hardbound books, clay pots, family photographs and other knick-knacks.

Nothing screams rustic more than a brick wall. So if your home has an exposed brick wall, leave it bare! Understandably, a brick wall may clash with the rest of your sophisticated furniture. We suggest elevating a brick wall with a coat of neutral paint. This simple trick allows you to incorporate the texture of a brick wall without sacrificing the contemporary look.


Parisian Inspired Modern Living Room

Are you striving for an effortless and classic modern living room? Well, there’s nothing more cool and chic than Parisian style. This style is all about finding the perfect balance between dressed up and laidback. 

The best part about Parisian interiors is that you can easily put together a charming space on a budget. Let’s take a look at some key elements for the ultimate French-inspired interiors. 

Firstly, you need to start with white walls, which will make the room feel airy and spacious. Furthermore, you should stick to a neutral colour palette for the rest of your decor. You can lean into whimsical details with sheer and delicate floor-length curtains.

All-white interiors can come across as boring and one-dimensional. Give your living space some character by contrasting your neutral decor with a dark metallic coffee table and contemporary light fixture. 

If you have hardwood floors, don’t cover them up! Instead, you can update your flooring with a darker stain that would beautifully complement your light-hued walls.

Are you hesitant to get an all-white plush sofa? Understandably, an all-white sofa requires a lot of upkeep. We suggest considering a peach or powder blue sofa for a subtle pop of colour.


Multipurpose Modern Living Room

Limited space doesn’t necessarily mean you need to compromise in terms of aesthetics. You can create a visually stunning living space that’s equally functional and practical. 

When you are designing a multipurpose living room, focus on collecting double-duty furniture. A coffee table with storage space, a console table with generous surface area, ottomans with hidden storage and so on. An extendable table is another excellent addition to your multipurpose living room, especially if you love hosting your friends and family.

Are you planning to use your living room as your home office? We suggest finding an ergonomic yet chic desk and placing it in a corner. When you’re not working, style the desk with fresh flowers and pottery.

When you’re using your living room for working and unwinding, you need adequate lighting for every purpose. That’s why it’s crucial to layer lighting to suitably illuminate your interiors. In addition to ceiling lights, you should place a table or floor lamps to create a welcoming ambience. 

If you are staying in a studio apartment, use a wooden lattice screen or divider to distinguish the living space. It’s a simple solution that can help you create distinct spaces in your apartment.


Modern Living Room Featuring Statement Wallpaper

A modern living room doesn’t always have to feel casual and laid back. Are you envisioning a formal living room with an elevated contemporary style? We’re happy to inform you that it’s possible to curate a formal living room with modern elements that don’t feel dated. 

First of all, try pairing modern furniture with antique pieces. For example, you can put together a beautiful upholstered mid-century sofa with a sleek minimalist coffee table. Or you can get an old-fashioned Chesterfield sofa and place a couple of modern armchairs for additional seating. 

If you are thinking of a formal space, then avoid mounting a television or any other smart device that will take away from the room’s old-school charm. Put up an interesting piece of bold artwork or sculpture, which will also serve as the focal point. Alternatively, you can set up a bookshelf and fill it with your book collection. 

Instead of sticking to monochromatic hues for your walls, why not make a statement with textured wallpaper? These days, you can easily find a variety of wallpaper that is easy to install and also renter-friendly. 

When it comes to window treatments, skip Venetian blinds or wooden shutters. Traditional curtains make an ideal choice for formal sitting rooms. Hang up ceiling-to-floor drapes that will elegantly elongate the room.

Your interiors automatically feel interesting and personal when there’s a story behind various decor elements. It’s a good idea to venture out and source pieces from different places. Scour the internet, look for handcrafted items, visit flea markets and explore thrift stores to find one-of-a-kind items. 

Beachy Boho Modern Living Room

Many people place a few chairs outside and call it a day when it comes to outdoor living space. It’s time to show some love to your outdoor living area. With just a few pieces, you can enjoy your very own backyard oasis. 

For a beachy boho aesthetic, take inspiration from the easy-breezy Californian decor. Start by pairing an outdoor living room sofa with a few contrasting armchairs. You can make your outdoor living space cosy and inviting with a fire pit table. 

Since the colour palette is mostly subdued, you can add some drama with an intricately textured rug. It’s a good idea to play with a medley of other materials and textures. We also encourage you to add bursts of soft blues, warm orange and brown to infuse life into your interiors.

Don’t forget to add a refreshing touch with tall palm plants. If you are looking for some colour, go with Bird of Paradise, which does well in warmer climates. It’s also a good idea to place potted plants in woven baskets to elevate the look.

A water feature is an inexpensive way to take your living space to the next level. The sound of flowing water exudes serenity, which will help you curate a relaxing space.


Modern Living Room With Eclectic Charm

If you’re bored of neutral or monochromatic interiors, you can infuse new life into your interiors without spending a fortune or making any drastic changes. It’s time to introduce eclectic elements to your modern interiors. Use this opportunity to experiment with unique textures, silhouettes, colours, patterns and more. 

In particular, install floating shelves and decorate them with eclectic knick-knacks you have collected over the years. This carefully curated shelf makes a wonderful conversation starter. You can also play with bursts of bold prints but limit them to cushions, coasters and other smaller elements. 

If you are picking uniquely shaped furniture, remember to balance it out with something predictable. This practice will help you incorporate eclectic elements without compromising modern features.


Family-Friendly Modern Living Room

A minimalist palette with plush textiles is a risky choice when you have toddlers and pets running around. The last thing you need is sauce spilled all over your pristine sofa or an ornate lamp knocked over by your furry friends. Fortunately, there are ways you can decorate your living room with worry-free elements that can keep up with your spirited little ones. 

First of all, we urge you to choose a stain-resistant sofa fabric such as leather and microfiber. While you can’t avoid spills, these fabrics will ensure you can easily clean up any stains. Similarly, paint your walls with washable paints. Instead of a compact coffee table, go with a table with a substantial surface area for improved functionality. 

You can soften up the room with round and curved edges, which are also kid friendly. To illuminate the room and add a decorative flair, pick a sturdy metal lamp that’s much more forgiving than ceramic or glass. 

Rugs are one of the easiest elements to style in a high traffic area. You can add a touch of refreshing colour as well as texture with a statement rug. You can easily elevate a neutral space with an antique persian rug, which also makes a great renter-friendly option. Additionally, it’s a good idea to invest in plenty of storage to keep your living area tidy.

In conclusion, it is important to have fun decorating your living room. Take the advice you like and incorporate it, or in the words, do it your way.



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