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97 Contemporary Living Room Ideas (Photos)

A glamorous living room features a cove ceiling with recessed lighting, dark brown leather furniture, a wooden wall where a flat panel display is mounted and wooden stairs leading to the kitchen.
Designed by Metropole Architects

A glamorous living room features a cove ceiling with recessed lighting, dark brown leather furniture, a wooden wall where a flat panel display is mounted, and wooden stairs leading to the kitchen.

If you like contemporary (current) living room designs and want some inspiration, check out these hand-selected 97 contemporary living room ideas.

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A unique living room with cathedral ceiling, black L-shaped sofa with a pop of yellow complementing the plant that sits on a wooden coffee table, a glass side table and a pair of black rattan lounge chairs with cushions over a brown rug. Glazed walls naturally light the house while a huge lovely portrait adds personality to the room.
Design by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

A unique living room with a cathedral ceiling, black L-shaped sofa with a pop of yellow complementing the plant that sits on a wooden coffee table, a glass side table, and a pair of black rattan lounge chairs with cushions over a brown rug. Glazed walls naturally light the house while a huge lovely portrait adds personality to the room.

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An eclectic living room with tons of varied seating options, an L-shaped white sofa, black arc floor lamp, black wall with gallery frames and glass walls allowing a breathtaking sight to the beach. It is covered by a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams. 
Design by SAOTA

An eclectic living room with tons of varied seating options, an L-shaped white sofa, black arc floor lamp, black wall with gallery frames, and glass walls allowing a breathtaking sight to the beach. It is covered by a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams.

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Stone brick walls with full height glass panels surround this elegant living room with a curved beige sofa, brown armchairs and wooden round tables over a circular brown rug.
By Angelica Henry Design

Stone brick walls with full height glass panels surround this elegant living room with a curved beige sofa, brown armchairs and wooden round tables over a circular brown rug.

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Curved sofa resting on an elegant marble top curved counter and facing a glamorous glossy marble wall with fireplace over concrete flooring.
By Angelica Henry Design

Curved sofa resting on an elegant marble top curved counter and facing a glamorous glossy marble wall with fireplace over concrete flooring.

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An airy, open living room featuring a gray curved sectional sofa with nature printed throw pillows, a pair of wooden cushioned chairs and round tables over a zebra rug. Long floating shelves mounted on a blue vibrant wall and perpendicular to the white smooth wall with wooden shelves.
Designed by Metropole Architects

An airy, open living room featuring a gray curved sectional sofa with nature printed throw pillows, a pair of wooden cushioned chairs and round tables over a zebra rug. Long floating shelves mounted on a blue vibrant wall and perpendicular to the white smooth wall with wooden shelves.

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Designed by: Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects

This Contemporary-style living room has a high wooden cathedral ceiling with exposed wooden beams and wide glass windows that bring in natural lighting to the light gray flooring blending with the light gray U-shaped sectional sofa that dominated the living room.

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This is a charming and bright Contemporary-style living room brightened by the large glass wall that showcases the green landscape outside. This brings a dash of color to the gray sofa, area rug and flooring that are paired with a wooden ceiling, wooden wall behind the TV and the rustic wooden coffee table.
Designed by: ARRCC

This is a charming and bright Contemporary-style living room brightened by the large glass wall that showcases the green landscape outside. This brings a dash of color to the gray sofa, area rug, and flooring that are paired with a wooden ceiling, the wooden wall behind the TV, and the rustic wooden coffee table.

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It’s very on trend for contemporary designs to be monochrome. But this living room proves that adding a pop of color through a statement piece like this maroon sofa can make all the difference.

Designed by Audax

It’s very on-trend for contemporary designs to be monochrome. But this living room proves that adding a pop of color through a statement piece like this maroon sofa can make all the difference.

This living room brings together the Holy Grail of combinations, which is combining natural light and soft whites for a very contemporary look. The dark wooden accents also add some old world charm.

Source: Redfin

This living room brings together the Holy Grail of combinations, which is combining natural light and soft whites for a very contemporary look. The dark wooden accents also add some old-world charm.

Lighting is a key part of contemporary design and this living room mixes natural light with soft, warm artificial lighting for an overall exceptionally cozy effect.
Designed by: LLI Design

Lighting is a key part of contemporary design and this living room mixes natural light with soft, warm artificial lighting for an overall exceptionally cozy effect.

A huge round chandelier on a wooden ceiling hung over a gray L-shaped sofa wrapped around a large wooden center table. A large canvas painting added a pop of color.
Designed by: Sanders Architecture

A huge round chandelier on a wooden ceiling hung over a gray L-shaped sofa wrapped around a large wooden center table. A large canvas painting added a pop of color.

Another view of the living room shows how the opposite wall utilizes a funky, geometric pattern to add some life to a simpler design.
Designed by: Sanders Architecture

Another view of the living room shows how the opposite wall utilizes a funky, geometric pattern to add some life to a simpler design.

A wider angle of the room above shows how this design also adds some symmetry to décor for a put together look.
Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design

A wider angle of the room above shows how this design also adds some symmetry to décor for a put-together look.

Lounge-like living room with brown sectional sofa, fireplace, recessed lighting and black grand piano.

This cozy, warmly lit living room has beautiful light and reflective mirrors and tabletops to add even more glow to the surroundings. It makes for an intensely inviting aesthetic.

White and black are staples of contemporary and modern interior design. This living room uses fun geometric patterns for accessories such as rugs and tables to add a more modern touch.

This living room doesn’t strictly follow the brief for contemporary design because of its textured, bronzy color palette. But the room still comes off as contemporary because of the uncluttered approach to décor and excellently placed lighting.

Another angle of the room above shows how well the striped rug matches the décor!

Spacious formal living room with white walls and ceiling.

This room uses neutral tones for furnishing and adds some flair with cute accessories. This way, you’ll always have a gorgeous base to work with and can keep changing around looks with different colored pillows/accessories.

Contemporary living room with gray fireplace and white sofas.

A minimalistic living room is popular in contemporary design. This living room keeps it simple and clean with a quick pop of color through bright orange décor pieces.

Stylish formal living room in mega mansion with two facing sofas adjacent to massive foyer.
Zillow

This living room fuses gothic elements of dark grays and blood reds with contemporary minimalism for a darker, moodier aesthetic.

Another look of the living space surrounded by white walls and ceiling. Fireplace is perfectly placed near the sofa set.
Trulia

A large ceiling, big windows, and a soft neutral color scheme make this living room design perfect for any space you want to open up more.

The living space boasts a contemporary style living room set and a nice fireplace. Rug on top of the hardwood flooring looks good as well.
Trulia

A large ceiling, big windows, and a soft neutral color scheme make this living room design perfect for any space you want to open up more.

Don’t be afraid to use more wood in your design. The trick is to balance heavy woodwork with simpler furnishing so that the design doesn’t seem too overpowering.

A large ceiling, big windows, and a soft neutral color scheme make this living room design perfect for any space you want to open up more.

Don’t be afraid to use more wood in your design. The trick is to balance heavy woodwork with simpler furnishing so that the design doesn’t seem too overpowering.

Don’t be afraid to use more wood in your design. The trick is to balance heavy woodwork with simpler furnishing so that the design doesn’t seem too overpowering.

This room uses neutral tones for furnishing and adds some flair with cute accessories. This way, you’ll always have a gorgeous base to work with and can keep changing around looks with different colored pillows/accessories.

This living room has classic design elements like a brick fireplace with some modern elements like bare windows, contemporary art, and chandeliers for a fusion that works!

This living room gives a very inviting and warm vibe thanks to careful artificial lighting that makes the neutral color palette look even cozier.
Metropole Architects

This living room gives a very inviting and warm vibe thanks to careful artificial lighting that makes the neutral color palette look even cozier.

Choosing the right accent color for your design can make or break how a room looks. This living room utilizes black against the creamy furnishings for a contemporary touch to an otherwise traditionally furnished room.
Source: architecturaldesigns.com

Choosing the right accent color for your design can make or break how a room looks. This living room utilizes black against the creamy furnishings for a contemporary touch to an otherwise traditionally furnished room.

Incorporating an element of symmetry into how you place your furniture and décor can make your living room look more polished, like we see here.
Source: Trulia

Incorporating an element of symmetry into how you place your furniture and décor can make your living room look more polished like we see here.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Though more crowded than the living room above, this one also uses symmetry when placing the objects such as the mirrors, as a means to keep things cohesive.

Like something out of the Hobbit, this living room with a curved entranceway keeps the tone earthy with dark mahogany, mossy green and plenty of plants. But there’s still a contemporary neatness to the design.

Like something out of The Hobbit, this living room with a curved entranceway keeps the tone earthy with dark mahogany, mossy green, and plenty of plants. But there’s still a contemporary neatness to the design.

This living room is a great example of how you shouldn’t be afraid to mix cool and warm toned elements. When done right, the result can be very pleasing to the eyes!

This living room is a great example of how you shouldn’t be afraid to mix cool and warm-toned elements. When done right, the result can be very pleasing to the eyes!

A combination of simplicity and statement pieces makes this living room a perfect contemporary example. It’s clean while not being boring.

A combination of simplicity and statement pieces makes this living room a perfect contemporary example. It’s clean while not being boring.

When you want to use a number of elements in a room without overcrowding it, try and add some symmetry to how you’re using them to keep things coordinated

When you want to use a number of elements in a room without overcrowding it, try and add some symmetry to how you’re using them to keep things coordinated

This living room is as contemporary as it gets, but what really cements the design is a gorgeous, sleek fireplace. Elements like that can really add a modern touch!

This living room is as contemporary as it gets, but what really cements the design is a gorgeous, sleek fireplace. Elements like that can really add a modern touch!

Tall ceilings are practically an important décor all by themselves! We love the way natural light flows in this room and the simple furnishings makes the space look clean and cool.

Tall ceilings are practically an important décor all by themselves! We love the way natural light flows in this room and the simple furnishings make the space look clean and cool.

This living room proves that you can have a consistent color theme and not need any accented pieces while keeping the room beautiful and interesting.

This living room proves that you can have a consistent color theme and not need any accented pieces while keeping the room beautiful and interesting.

Blue is always such a great color to add to any space. It goes well with the cool and warm toned themes alike and adds a soft beauty to the surroundings.

Blue is always such a great color to add to any space. It goes well with the cool and warm-toned themes alike and adds a soft beauty to the surroundings.

Once again, a sleek fireplace acts like its own piece of art. But what’s interesting here are these blank paintings above the fireplace. They seem simple but they add a lot of chic to your design.

Once again, a sleek fireplace acts like its own piece of art. But what’s interesting here are these blank paintings above the fireplace. They seem simple but they add a lot of chic to your design.

This design, though contemporary, looks like a cozy cottage because of the color palette. The warm beige, light gray and soft creams are major elements in this room. A little bit of warm, cool, and neutral when done right looks heavenly!

This design, though contemporary, looks like a cozy cottage because of the color palette. The warm beige, light gray, and soft creams are major elements in this room. A little bit of warm, cool, and neutral when done right looks heavenly!

It’s interesting to note how the design for this room pulls off plain walls and brick walls in three different shades of white, cream, and gray, while still looking elegant. It’s all about coordination folks!

It’s interesting to note how the design for this room pulls off plain walls and brick walls in three different shades of white, cream, and gray, while still looking elegant. It’s all about coordination folks!

This room must have plenty of natural light in the mornings thanks to the massive windows, but the artificial lighting is perfectly complements the mocha browns of the interior.

This room must have plenty of natural light in the mornings’ thanks to the massive windows, but the artificial lighting perfectly complements the mocha browns of the interior.

This living room would have ended up looking pretty bland had it not been for the beautiful patterns of the chairs, cushions, and carpet.

This living room would have ended up looking pretty bland had it not been for the beautiful patterns of the chairs, cushions, and carpet.

A spacious contemporary living room boasting a modish gray sofa set with a large flat-screen TV on the wall, set in front. The room also offers a large area rug covering the flooring.
See more of this home. Designed by Chango & Co

A spacious contemporary living room boasting a modish gray sofa set with a large flat-screen TV on the wall, set in front. The room also offers a large area rug covering the flooring.

This contemporary living room has light wooden tones on the floor and wall accents complemented by the modern lighting and the green cushions of the built-in sofa.
See more of this home. Designed by: Atelier Alter Architects

This contemporary living room has light wooden tones on the floor and wall accents complemented by the modern lighting and the green cushions of the built-in sofa.

This is a contemporary-style living room that has a metal slide that connects it to the second-floor landing. This also has a large two-way cushioned sofa in the middle of the hardwood flooring.
See more of this home. Designed by: Ki Design

This is a contemporary-style living room that has a metal slide that connects it to the second-floor landing. This also has a large two-way cushioned sofa in the middle of the hardwood flooring.

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