Despite the fact that the classics always remain relevant, many now prefer to decorate living rooms in a modern style. This design combines practicality, stylish minimalism and very interesting decorative solutions. In addition, modern style is a fairly broad concept, it allows many of the most unexpected options, so everyone can choose an interior project to their liking.
You can even think over the decor of the living room yourself. The main thing is to take into account all the nuances in advance and choose harmonious combinations.
Features of the
While modern design can be called more versatile and free than classic or country style, there are a number of rules to follow to create a harmonious and comfortable living space. If you want to develop a living room design project yourself, consider the following features of the modern style:
Modern design tends to be as open as possible. It is good if you have a very spacious living room that can be visually divided - select a work area, a children's corner or a place for sports and creativity. It all depends on your hobbies and preferences. Also an actual option is a living room combined with a kitchen
Laconicism and minimalism should also be attributed to the features of the modern style in the design of the hall. If you want to decorate your living room in a similar style, you will have to refrain from the abundance of bright accessories, decorated furniture and wallpaper with ornaments. Modern style is characterized by large shapes, and unnecessary decorations combined with modern elements can look old-fashioned
Despite the minimalism of this design, it cannot be said that modern interiors are boring. On the contrary, they can look very interesting if you focus on abstract forms. Furniture and accessories can be unusual in shape and texture, but, at the same time, not overloaded with details. In such a design, asymmetry and unexpected solutions are appreciated
Another way to make modern design as original and interesting as possible is to choose complex colors. If you limit yourself to black, white and red in the interior, it is unlikely that the atmosphere will turn out to be refined and cozy. Give preference to compound shades: olive, ivory, chocolate, gray-blue, raspberry or terracotta
The unusual division of space is another feature of the modern style. This can be done using the color scheme of the finish or using different lighting. At the same time, it is worth physically delimiting the space only if you have a very spacious living room, and the zones are functionally different. A similar distinction is typical for the kitchen-living room. In other cases, it is better to avoid arches, columns and partitions
As in any design, the semantic center of the room is important in a modern interior. Nevertheless, there can be several such centers in a spacious hall. To designate them, you can use such novelties as electric fireplaces or fountains, as well as highlight the semantic center in a more traditional way - place a TV, a corner with photographs and albums, a dining table or a panoramic window there
Colors and decor
It is the color scheme that will determine how cozy your room will turn out to be. Bright colors are not used very often in modern decor, it is better to replace them with dark or pastel colors. At the same time, rich saturated colors can appear as small accents. To create a harmonious environment in your living room, take the advice of designers and consider the following actual color combinations:
Living room in beige and cream colors - this is one of the most successful color solutions for the hall. Warm colors create a unique coziness in the room, help to relax and emphasize the warm atmosphere of the home. At the same time, light colors make the room visually more spacious and reflect light better. If you have small windows, it is definitely worth considering a warm color scheme for the interior
Yellow-brown tones suitable for owners of large and bright rooms. You can combine these two colors together or divide the living room into two zones using two colors. If you choose bright yellow, it costs minimal to use. To make large forms in yellow look beautiful and sophisticated, you should opt for mustard and pale pastel colors
Living room in black - this is a very interesting and modern solution that will not leave indifferent fans of experiments. At the same time, in order for the dark colors to look harmonious, the room should be quite spacious, and good lighting will also be important. However, pure black should be used minimally, with very dark shades of blue, khaki, plum and burgundy being preferred. Also, in combination with a similar palette, a warm gray and metallic color will look great
Many people choose living rooms in green colors. Depending on your preference, you can make it cold or warm. Peach and lemon shades are perfect under the cold tones of green, with them your interior will become fresh and interesting. If you choose warm tones of green, beige and terracotta can be a harmonious combination. However, if you want to give the room a distinctive and interesting look, you can try light shades of turquoise
Living room in bright red colors it is not recommended to issue, however, it is quite possible to replace red with dark shades of burgundy or fuchsia. Muted dark tones are suitable even for the base of the interior and for wall decoration. They are best combined with cold gray, ivory and muted blue
For all the laconicism of the modern style in the interior, you cannot do without accessories and decor. At the same time, it is important that small details are not too catchy, but set off the interior as a whole.
When choosing a decor, try to take into account the following nuances:
An unusual painting can decorate the interior of any living room.… In a modern style, abstract paintings with massive monochromatic spots are often chosen, but there may be other options. For example, watercolor landscapes or black and white graphics will also look great in such interiors
A high-tech clock will be perfectly combined with the living room. These can be floor or wall models. Plastic and metal options with geometric shapes, glass transparent watches or watches made of natural stone will look very interesting
Carpets are often used for living room decor.… In a modern interior, it is better to refuse from Persian carpets with oriental ornaments and replace them with monochromatic models. Long-pile carpets that mimic animal skins will also look great, but these options will require extra care from you. If you are looking for the most practical solution, you can lay on the floor the currently fashionable mat - a lint-free carpet made on the basis of weaving from natural fibers
Stylish modern vases are also great accessories. Depending on the requirements of your interior, they can be bright or transparent. In a spacious living room, you can place massive floor vases, and in a medium-sized room, you should limit yourself to miniature products
Simple but stylish curtains with tulle will look good in a modern living room. Blinds can look too boring, and traditional floral curtains are often very old-fashioned for a modern room. It is better to choose plain curtains, models with small geometric patterns or wide striped options
The design of the living room can be extremely varied - modern methods of finishing the floor, ceiling and walls allow you to put into practice the most daring ideas. At the same time, the project of finishing the room must be approached in a comprehensive manner. Whether you are planning a major overhaul in your old living room or decorating a hall in a new home, you need to choose the flooring, ceiling and wall finishes so that they fit together.
First of all, it is worth starting from the desired wall design, since it is he who catches the eye as soon as you enter the room, but choosing the right ceiling and floor is also very important.
The flooring of the hall in a modern style can be extremely diverse - everything will depend on your design project. Sometimes the coverage in the entire apartment is made the same, and sometimes a special option is selected for the living room. Consider these trendy flooring ideas:
Laminate Is one of the most popular modern flooring methods. It combines practicality, attractive appearance and relatively low price. In addition, in stores now you can find laminate with a wide variety of designs, such as imitation wood in natural shades, multi-colored boards and even interesting options with decorative prints
Linoleum can also be used for the living room, however, it is inferior to laminate in its aesthetic qualities. In addition, it is less durable and may tear in areas under furniture or at door joints. The main advantage of linoleum is its low price
Parquet - This is an expensive natural wood coating. This coating is considered to be quite warm, and it also has a stunning appearance. You can choose wood of different colors and lay it out with patterns or divide the space with the help of colors. However, it should be borne in mind that parquet flooring requires special maintenance
To avoid scratching, furniture must not be moved over it and high humidity in the room should also be avoided.
Tile Is an interesting floor covering for all types of interiors. With its help, you can lay out unusual ornaments, create a monochromatic glossy or matte finish. Moreover, for the living room, such material may be too cold. The floor is covered with tiles in cases where they plan to build heating into it
Carpet Is another solution for a modern living room. It will always be pleasant to walk on such a floor barefoot, and it will also help create coziness and a special atmosphere in the room. However, this coating is not suitable for every interior. In addition, lint-free flooring will require special care and you will need to wet clean more often, especially if there are animals in the house
Usually, the ceiling finish is not very diverse. Nevertheless, in a modern interior, unusual creative ideas can be realized, with which the living room will become even more comfortable. Consider the following possible solutions:
The easiest option is to finish the ceiling with whitewash… It is suitable for connoisseurs of traditional options. The sleek white ceiling will go well with any modern interior design. In addition, such a simple finish is quite possible to do on your own. It should be borne in mind that this option will look good only if you have a high-quality rough finish
Ceiling painting - this is an infrequent phenomenon, however, if you value experiments, the interior of the living room can well be supplemented with such a zest. So that the ceiling does not seem overloaded, and it is comfortable to be in the room, try to choose a pastel color scheme for the ceiling. Blue, light gray, peach or beige shades will do
If you want to hide the imperfections of the rough finish, you can lay out the ceiling with plastic plates… They are square or elongated, solid white or with a simple light pattern. This option will make the ceiling visually smoother and give it an interesting texture. In addition, this coating is not expensive, and you can decorate the ceiling with plastic plates yourself
Suspended ceiling allows you to make lines perfectly straight, it is convenient to place lighting fixtures around the entire perimeter of the apartment, as well as to give the room's design a more complete look. Nevertheless, such an option will cost more, and a suspended ceiling is not recommended if you have initially low ceilings in your apartment
Wall decor can be very diverse. However, designers do not recommend combining more than three colors or using bright ornamental prints for modern types of interiors. Consider the most relevant finishes and interesting wall decor in the living room:
Wallpaper are still one of the most popular wall decoration methods in residential premises. For a living room in a modern style, you can choose various options. You can opt for wallpaper with abstract prints, striped or plain colors. If you value environmental friendliness of materials, you should choose paper wallpaper, but vinyl models will give your walls an additional interesting texture
Now many people choose for their interior textile wallpaper Is a beautiful covering made on the basis of natural fibers of fabric - silk, linen, velvet or bamboo. These wallpapers can be used for all types of interiors due to the variety of prints and colors. They will create an unusual texture on the walls and help to enhance the atmosphere of comfort in the room. Among the disadvantages of such wallpapers are relatively high prices and the need for careful care
Wallpaper - they are also an interesting option for the interior of the living room. Usually landscapes or panoramas of beautiful cities are chosen as images. In a modern room, such options can look very relevant. They will allow you to be transported to any beautiful place from your own living room
For this reason, most often, photo wallpaper is used only in spacious rooms, because for them you need to select a whole wall, without obscuring it with furniture and other interior items.
Simple wall painting Is another topical solution for a modern living room. Smooth, monochromatic walls blend in perfectly with a minimalist design and highlight other interior details. In a small living room, it is recommended to use one or two colors; in a spacious room, a combination of three different colors for different walls is possible. Among the current shades, you can choose purple, beige, blue, peach, emerald or light gray
Coloring with texture achieved thanks to special paint application techniques. If smoothly painted walls require a perfect rough finish, textured painting will help smooth out minor irregularities. When applying paint, you can create the effect of spraying, dripping paint or strokes in different directions
Tiles you can lay out all the walls in the living room or just individual fragments. Usually tiles that imitate stone or brickwork are chosen. In a modern interior, such solutions can look very unusual. You can choose these tiles in red, brown or whitish colors. The decor that imitates masonry can be combined with ordinary painted walls and metal interior items
Sometimes walls in a modern interior are decorated with columns. Most often, these are not columns in the classical style with all kinds of decorations, but simpler rectangular options. They can be painted to match the color of the walls or differ in color. A column embedded in a wall can be a purely decorative part of an interior, but it is sometimes used for practical purposes, such as placing photographs, clothes hooks or small shelves
Wall molding - this is another interesting decorative element that came from the classic style, but has become relevant for modern fashionable design. The molding is an embossed plastic overlay on the wall. Most often, horizontal lines and frames are made, but you can find moldings with a more bizarre shape. Plain painted walls are usually decorated with moldings
Lighting is a very important part of a living room design project, but it is often overlooked. Meanwhile, too bright or too dim lighting will annoy you, and you will not feel the comfort of the room to the fullest. In addition, it is thanks to the right lighting that the semantic centers of the room can be distinguished, the successful color solutions can be emphasized, the flaws in the decoration can be hidden and the space visually expanded.
You need to approach lighting responsibly. In a small living room or studio apartment, a single light source may be sufficient, however, for larger rooms of several tens of square meters, both the main and additional lighting sources should be selected. Consider the best options for living rooms of various sizes:
For a small living room with an area of 8-12 sq. m don't choose too many light sources. Usually one chandelier is installed, located in the middle of the room, it should be bright enough and have more than three high power lamps. Nevertheless, try to choose closed shades directed in different directions - this way the light will be soft and diffused. If you still want to add another light source, consider using a floor lamp or table lamp
For living rooms from 14 sq. m you can choose two full-fledged light sources, thereby dividing the space into zones. Sometimes two symmetrical chandeliers are made on the sides. If you have a light-colored window, you can consider a central chandelier that is paired with a few perimeter lamps along the farthest walls from the window. These lighting options can be very interesting, but the exact choice should depend on the layout of your room
In a spacious living room up to 35 sq. m multiple light sources will be needed. Even if you have large panoramic windows, one chandelier is not enough to give full light to a large hall. Lighting is often made with single lamps around the perimeter, they can be located on the walls and on the ceiling. Single lamps can also be distributed over the entire ceiling area, creating uniform comfortable lighting
Moreover, if you want to divide the room into zones, it is better to use two or three separate chandeliers, which differ in the types of lighting.
We select furniture
Furniture in a modern living room should be practical, functional and beautiful. Sometimes it is worth choosing one material and color for all the furniture in the room, and sometimes you can experiment and try to combine unexpected colors and textures. In a small living room, it is better to limit yourself to one thing, and in a spacious room you can give free rein to imagination.
The hall in a modern style is characterized by pieces of furniture made of wood, chipboard, plastic, artificial stone, metal and glass.
When choosing furniture, you need to consider a number of nuances so that the arrangement of interior items is convenient, and their design emphasizes the concept of decorating the entire room:
If you have a small living room, you should predominantly choose cabinets without handles and with a minimum number of open shelves, so as not to further crush the space. It is also good to choose glossy and light facades, because they will reflect light and visually enlarge the room
Even if you have a spacious living room, don't overdo it with the small details. Modern style tends to be minimal, so stand-out cabinet handles, carved patterns or painting on furniture will not look organic. At the same time, an interesting design can be created with the help of laconic non-standard forms
If you have a bright living room, furniture in it should be neither pale nor overly defiant. Find a color that is similar in tone to the wall finish, but with a different shade
The arrangement of furniture should be approached thoughtfully. It is necessary to highlight the semantic center of the room and emphasize it with the help of other interior items
It is worth choosing a suitable coffee table for upholstered furniture. It should not be too massive so that the sofa and armchairs are clearly visible behind it. Moreover, if you have a large sofa, a very small table will not work either, otherwise it will be completely invisible against the background of upholstered furniture
A TV, a music system and other equipment can be successfully integrated into the furniture so that the equipment does not stand out too much and does not violate the design concept
Despite the fact that the design of each living room is individual, there is a set of versatile pieces of furniture that is important to have in almost any room. Before going to the store, pay attention to the following products:
Sofa Is a traditional important part of the living room. A one-room apartment must have a wide and comfortable sofa that can be expanded. If you have a separate bedroom, the model can be almost any, as long as it fits well with the decor of the apartment. Do not rush to buy a leather sofa, because it is not very comfortable to sit on it, the leather sticks to the body, slips, cools and heats up quickly, despite its presentable appearance. For home comfort, it is better to choose a sofa made of textiles
Armchairs can also be located in a room if it is large enough. Owners of large families and those who like to invite guests to the house will need them. You can put the chairs next to the sofa or form a separate area with their help
Coffee table - one more necessary thing. There are several of them in large halls. You can place laptops and tablets, books, decorative vases with flowers, board games or handicraft accessories on such structures, depending on your interests. Tables are very different - wooden, stone, metal coated or stained glass
Usually in living rooms they also place cabinet or multiple cabinets with open and closed shelves… In such a cabinet you can store books, photo albums, household items. Also, open shelves can be decorated with accessories - clocks, figurines, vases or small sculptures
You can place baskets and storage boxes in the closet, which will make organizing the space even more convenient.
For a spacious living room with several zones, it is better to choose several different small wardrobes, and for a small room, it is better to choose one massive wardrobe.
Beautiful examples in the interior
The design options for a living room in a modern style will depend on your needs and interests, the number of family members, the footage and the layout of the room itself. To furnish a modern hall harmoniously, you first need to think about the practical needs, and only then look for fashionable ways to bring the idea to life. Consider real-life examples of different interiors.
In a very small living room, preference should be given to light colors of decoration and furniture: beige, milky, light green, blue, pink or gray. It is better not to use white in wall decoration or use it minimally, because sometimes a room with it can resemble a hotel room and look uncomfortable. Stylish accessories can be bright and dark, but you don't need to overdo them.
In general, it is better to choose glossy monolithic surfaces so that they reflect light better. For example, an interior with lilac painted walls, plastic beige furniture with built-in appliances, a dark gray sofa, bright vases, a floor lamp and framed photographs can look great.
In a medium sized living room or in a spacious living room, you can afford more small details. If you do not plan to divide the living room into zones, all furniture and furnishings should be approximately the same in style and color. It is not necessary to arrange furniture randomly, it is better to place all pieces of furniture around a semantic center, which can serve as a table, TV or an artificial fireplace.
For example, consider a dark burgundy and purple living room with dark wood furnishings, beige soft furnishings, metal accessories, and multiple lights.
If you want to divide the living room into zones, within the framework of a modern style it is better to do this without physical partitions - you can achieve separation using the difference in lighting, finishing colors and furniture materials. Zones can be highlighted in different ways. Now it is fashionable to combine a living room with a kitchen, with a children's room or with a hallway, and in one-room apartments it is combined with a bedroom.
In addition, you can select a place for work in the spacious living room or simply divide it in such a way that each family member has his own space for relaxation. Examples with a colored floor can be interesting, with the help of which zones are distinguished, with the color and texture of the walls. Sometimes they use a technique with different power and color of lighting - in the recreation area the light can be dim, but in the kitchen and in the work area it is worth leaving it bright.
For tips on designing a modern living room, see the following video.