Part of contemporary design's beauty is that it literally means "of the moment," so it's fluid and constantly changing. However, this also makes the look a little tricky to nail down. To help make your life a bit easier, we've compiled an epic assortment of 11 Instagram-worthy contemporary living room ideas that are sure to knock your socks off. So sit back and start scrolling.
1. Embrace color.
2. Or, opt for neutrals.
3. Incorporate art.
There's nothing sadder than a bare wall behind a sofa. But that's an easy fix thanks to this creative contemporary living room idea, designed by Avenue Lifestyle. The gallery wall serves as a focal point, plus it also pulls out the warm hues of the pillows, creating a curated aesthetic that's thoughtful but not fussy.
4. Tell a story.
5. Focus on finishes.
6. Get global.
The design studio Nune beautifully captured one of our favorite contemporary living room ideas in this Brooklyn residence. A mix of fabrics, motifs, and tchotchkes create a worldly vibe, while artisan-made throw pillows and furniture add a lux touch.
7. Consider built-ins.
The built-in millwork is definitely the star of the show in this Austin, Texas living room designed by Aamodt/Plumb. Filled with tomes and personal items, its warm wood finish anchors the space without sacrificing the airy, loft-like quality that makes this space so special.
8. Let nature shine.
Contemporary design meets organic elements, like the palm tree casually sitting in the corner of this striking living room designed by White Arrow. And can we talk about the natural light pouring in through the beautiful set of arched windows?
9. Inject vintage flair.
We love the way the team over at General Assembly paired vintage furniture and lighting with more contemporary pieces in this Brooklyn penthouse. Original art ups the cool factor, while rich colors and finishes warm things up.