The goal of a contemporary living room is to explore trends while staying true to your unique style. You want your main living space to be a reflection of who you are, but it’s also a great way to showcase your knowledge of design. From wall art to color palettes, there are tons of easy ways to instantly elevate your living room without breaking the bank. Explore top décor ideas from expert interior designers, and revamp your living room this year. Discover top 2022 trends, and curate your living space before summer! As the weather warms up, hosting season is just around the corner. Throw stylish soirees in your contemporary living room, and feel proud of your home when you show it off to friends and family.

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Defining Contemporary: Decorating Ideas

Edgy Contemporary Living Room Décor

Minimalist/Modern Contemporary Living Rooms

Trendy Color Schemes for Contemporary Living Rooms

Top Contemporary Living Room Wall Décor

Contemporary Decorating Ideas for Your Entire Home

Defining Contemporary: Decorating Ideas

Contemporary can mean whatever you want it to mean, as long as you dare to take chances and choose your décor thoughtfully. Get rid of anything that doesn’t represent you and your artistic vision, and prioritize quality over quantity. Dare to add eye-catching décor peppered throughout your space. Your living room should create a sense of community, so don’t shy away from color and creativity. Maintain sophistication by being selective with your bold pops of décor. Less is more when it comes to clutter, but not style! Go with pieces that excite you and act as striking conversation pieces.

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Show off your hobbies and passions in your living room. Whether you love to travel or you’re a major sports fanatic, add pieces of décor that represent your interests. Avoid cliches and opt for something more personal like a keepsake or knick-knack from a precious memory. Hang a piece of wall art with a quote from your favorite film or TV show. This is a great way to bond with guests over common interests, and it’s a piece that will make you smile every time you look at it! Curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman, our Warner Brother’s collection is full of cinematic style.

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Edgy Contemporary Living Room Décor

One of the top trends for 2022 is adding grungy décor to edge up your space. 2021 was all about bright, playful spaces, and 2022 is moving in a slightly darker direction. While designers were afraid to add edgy décor during such a trying time, homeowners are much more willing to lean into the darkness and balance the bright with something more daring. Explore monochromatic interiors, and don’t hesitate to mix warm and cool colors for the perfect balance of both. For an edgy touch that won’t go out of style, go with a Banksy-inspired piece of wall art. The famous street artist’s political work will turn your home into a bold, modern space. Your living room deserves a boost of discussion-prompting décor.

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Minimalist/Modern Contemporary Living Rooms

If your goal is to curate a modern space but you don’t know where to start, you can’t go wrong with minimalism. Not only is this style super safe for beginning designers, but you’ll instantly feel refreshed and at peace in your space. The vibe of your living room is essential for setting the mood for group gatherings. Make your guests feel instantly at ease with a chic, contemporary space. Only display pieces that are functional and fit with your aesthetic. Focus on modern, sleek textiles like velvet, satin, and suede. Wooden details will always look organic and classy. Finish the look with a simple brushstroke or single line artwork hung in the center of your space. Remember, simplicity is key for this classic technique.

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Trendy Color Schemes for Contemporary Living Rooms

An easy way to elevate your living space is to focus on top trending colors. Adding a popular shade to your living space is a super simple way to make your room look instantly more stylish. For a foolproof flash of color, go with Pantone’s iconic color of the year. “Very Peri” is a bright periwinkle shade that looks almost surrealistic. If you want to create a dreamy space without sacrificing sophistication or style, Very Peri is right up your alley. Add this color by choosing periwinkle fabric through pillows, seat covers, or throws. Hang a piece of wall art with periwinkle as the main statement shade. Finish your space with organic greenery to contrast the otherworldly shade and bring your space back down to earth for a wholly contemporary feel.

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Top Contemporary Living Room Wall Décor

Speaking of wall décor, wall art and canvas prints are an excellent way to switch up the look of your living room. Artwork is low-cost and low-commitment, which means there’s almost no risk in hanging a piece of trendy wall art! For homeowners (or renters!) who don’t want to commit to a total renovation, wall art is the perfect alternative. Explore prints inspired by iconic artists for a foolproof addition to your modern space. Our Warhol-style collection will add a pop of pop art that with undoubtedly wow your guests. Hang a piece of Warhol artwork in the center of your space, and pull from the colors in the print to decorate the rest of your living room.

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Contemporary Decorating Ideas for Your Entire Home

While your living room is arguably the most important room in your home, you should carry your contemporary style throughout your entire interior. We have tons of modern design guides on our décor inspiration blog. Define your perfect style and start curating the home of your dreams.

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