Creating the perfect contemporary living room is all about balancing style and interesting architectural features without sacrificing a comfortable atmosphere.

All too often the cosiest room in the house can be left bare if not carefully considered.  

These modern homes are great inspiration for amazing contemporary interior design for your own project.

1. Add a Modern Splash of Colour

contemporary chapel conversion interior

This contemporary chapel conversion is not shy to incorporate a bright painted wall to lift the white walls to create a warm and inviting interior. The industrial-inspired look is completed by exposed steel beams and a plywood balustrade leading to a mezzanine designed by the homeowner.

2. Vary Ceiling Heights

modern wood clad interior in scotland

In this stunning self build, the sloping ceiling draws the eye to views of the dramatic landscape, while the interior is clad in OSB – oriented strand board – (with Aquafire FRC finish to Class 1) for a raw contemporary finish.

3. DIY Polished Concrete Flooring

concrete contemporary floor with pink cupboards

The homeowners of this modern home created their own polished concrete floor. The cracks and imperfections as a result of doing it by hand were incorporated into the contemporary design as gold resin filled the gaps for a unique finish. Vibrant pink kitchen units and lighting create a bold contemporary colour scheme.

4. Include Stylish and Practical Shelving

modern shelving in contemporary accessible home

Recessed shelving is built into the walls as an unobtrusive storage solution for books and other family items in this modern accessible bungalow. Timber beams are incorporated to zone the open plan space without isolating the area.

5. Create Picture Frame Interior Windows

picture frame windows in renovated victorian terrace

They key to modernising this Victorian terrace house was to punch through walls, creating ‘picture frame’ windows throughout the ground floor. The end result is a fresh, social living room that is complemented by the neutral, matt palette of materials.

6. Include Flexible Spaces for Modern Family Living

contemporary living space with stove

Rather than including a traditional doorway, this self build’s snug flows through from kitchen and hallway with large pocket doors that can be closed off when needed.

7. Create Unique Interior Cladding

interior wood cladding in modern home

The cedar cladding in this converted chapel creates an understated and warm focal point for the open plan living area. This cost-effective feature is a stunning contemporary contrast to the traditional form of the building.

8. Zone Spaces in Open Plan Living

broken plan living room in modern home with exposed brick

This living room in an American-style remodel feels modern yet warm due to the exposed brickwork wall that partially separates the kitchen from the dining space. Zoning an open plan area in this way is a great way to make the space feel social without being too cavernous.

9. Bathe in Natural Light

grey modern living room in london self build

Modern trends towards dark and bold colour palettes can be balanced by including large amounts of glazing to maximise natural light. In this London self build, the grey interior of the living room is flooded with light from the parallel bi folding doors.

10. Design Contemporary Double-height Glazing

double height glazing in contemporary home

A fully glazed, double-height living room – made possible by the steel frame construction – takes maximum advantage of the spectacular location of this waterside home.

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