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Fans of modern design often dream of the style in all areas of their homes. If you love this ever-popular mid-century aesthetic, you might be considering how to bring modern styling into your living room.
What is modern living room design?
Modern design, not to be confused with contemporary design, is a style that originated in the middle of the 19th century. Also called mid-century modern, this German-American design movement spans interiors, products, graphic design, and architecture. It’s recognised for clean lines, open spaces, and prioritising function over form.
What’s the difference between modern and contemporary design? Modern design, as mentioned, is a singular style that originated in the 1950s. On the other hand, contemporary design refers to any new styling and upcoming interior trends, rather than a specific style.
Modern living room design ideas
To create an effortless mid-century modern living room, focus on unfussy furniture, minimalism, and neutral colours.
Modern living room furniture
Mid-century modern furniture is all about simple silhouettes, natural materials, and functionality over form. Function over form doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look exquisite, only that everything in the space should have a use, with nothing added for decoration alone.
It’s also a good idea to avoid too many colours from the same palette, particularly in your wooden furnishings. Suppose you have a wooden floor in your living room. In that case, you might want to avoid choosing the same finish for your furniture. Combine wooden furnishings with metal and glass to achieve a beautiful modern aesthetic.
How to include storage in a modern living room design
The modern aesthetic favours clean lines and minimal fuss, which means including some considerate storage solutions to conceal your bits and pieces. Bespoke built-in storage can cover an entire wall, taking up very little floor space. Choose built-in storage in a neutral or natural wood finish for a seamless home for blankets, games, files, or anything else you’d like to store in your living room.
While keeping things streamline is the goal, bookcases suit the modern style well. If you have enough literature to fill an extended bookcase, consider adding a built-in library to your living room. Bespoke bookshelves can fit into nooks or cover an entire wall, made-to-measure to fit into your living room perfectly.
Choosing colours for a modern living room
Mid-century modern design prefers neutral colours, like white, grey, and beige. You might like to add flashes of colour by including bright artwork, soft furnishings, or bold occasional furniture. But be careful you don’t overdo it; remember, minimalism is essential when creating a modern living room.
Ready to start planning your modern living room? For more inspiration, before you get started, request a free Neville Johnson design brochure and explore some of our previous work. Then, plan your free design visit to talk things over with an expert.
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Cherry Murdoch, London
From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.
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From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Pauline Treston, Northumberland
A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.
Richard Smith, Surrey
From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!
Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe
From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.
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