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5 living room design ideas to create a contemporary space

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One of the biggest bugbears that people have when decorating their homes is the style, furniture and colours to use. I’ve known people to spend weeks making their minds up on what they want, and in some extreme cases people even have full-on meltdowns because of their indecisiveness.

Most people opt for different styling in each room rather than taking on a uniform approach. After all, a person’s home should be unique to their styles and tastes. One part of the home that many people have trouble styling is the living room.

Do you need to give your living room a makeover? Are you having trouble choosing the right look for it? With this handy guide we will hope to give you the inspiration you need to come up with the perfect contemporary living room.

Check out these five hot ideas.

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Small living room? No problem

With such a large variety of living room sizes in people’s homes, these days, there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to interior design and decoration.

I’ve lived in all sorts of places over the years. Some of my former homes had palatial living room spaces, whereas others were about as big as medium-sized garden shed.

If you live in a home with a small living room, you need not despair at that fact because there is plenty you can do to give it a modern living room makeover.

By following these top tips, you can ensure that your dream living room can still be turned into reality:

Less is more – no-one could call a place home if it didn’t contain lots of “stuff” within its walls. The trick to maximising the space of a small living room is to keep as few items in view as possible. That means getting rid of unwanted furniture or other items, or utilising space-saving storage that can help you to hide things like paperwork, toys, gadgets and so forth.

Paint it white – I know that white isn’t exactly an exciting colour, but if you have a small living room, it can make it look significantly larger than it is. The key to living room design is perception, and if you paint your small living room walls with a dark colour, it can make it look smaller than it is.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment

Contemporary living room makeovers don’t have to be serious or boring. You should be making the experience a fun one. Interior design trends come about not because people are following a specific, existing trend, but because they aren’t afraid of change and want to try something new.

Your styling is only limited by your creativity, imagination, and, obviously, your bank balance.

For instance, I have seen living rooms decorated in a pseudo Art Deco-contemporary style; this is where the owners have used tasteful elements from both design styles that complement each other.

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Consider going with a theme

Whilst many people opt for a mishmash of different styles that complement each other, having a theme-based contemporary living room is still just as popular as it was 40 years ago.

A recent example: my neighbours were in the process of redecorating their living room after they had new electrical wiring installed, and the walls and ceiling plastered.

Since the couple that lives in the house come from a maritime background (they were both in the navy), they wanted to stylist their living room to reflect that fact.

I was impressed with the maritime theme they chose for their contemporary living room design, as it used a beautiful mixture of whites and blues, and the overall design was kept as simple and airy as possible.

They are somewhat eccentric, and I was rather concerned that they were contemplating having a shark fitted through their roof after their living room design, but thankfully they were only joking about doing that.

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Bold is beautiful

If you benefit from having an extremely large living room space, why don’t you let your creativity free and your imagination run wild by creating a bold colour scheme in your living room?

I know that some colour schemes can obviously be too extreme (pink living room, anyone?) but used with a little restraint, bold colours can brighten up a large room and make it a proud feature of any home.

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Let there be light

Some folks love being shrouded in secrecy, but if you’ve got a nice place somewhere with an awesome sea view, for example, why not take advantage of that fact by letting in as much natural light into your living room as possible?

In the above setting, you could install panoramic glazing to “open” up your living room to the gorgeous view that you are lucky enough to see on a daily basis, but have some elegant blinds or curtains installed for the times when you want to have some privacy.

Bonus tip: use technology to help you design your living room

One of the great things about the digital age that we live in, is that we can utilise technology for a number of different purposes.

You are obviously using a piece of technology to view this blog post, and with the same device, you can also design your new living room without having to buy any furniture, paint or other decorations beforehand.

If you are the proud owner of an Apple iPad, there is a veritable plethora of “apps” that you can use to style your living room from the comfort of your tablet.

Those apps offer 2D and 3D renders of your living room, and you can use built-in furniture styles or upload images of ones you are interested in using.

Some people might even hire an interior designer to come up with an attractive contemporary living room design, and those designers will often create digital mock-ups for their clients to view.

And if you stumble across something you like on a particular website, you can use the excellent Pinterest website to keep a digital portfolio of images grouped by style or design so that you can refer to them later. It certainly beats keeping a big paper-based portfolio of magazine cuttings!

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About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 8, 2014 | Living Room | View comments

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