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20 Modern Living Room Design Ideas

Consider this collection of chic spaces your inspiration board for modern living room ideas that will stand the test of time.

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Photo: Ryan Garvin. From: Erica Bryen Design.

Panel an Accent Wall

Use a traditional treatment to bring texture to an accent wall by paneling before you paint. Just as patterned pillows on the chairs and sofa here add interest to their solid white fabric, that subtle grid adds dimension to the teal behind the television.

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Photo: Riegler Photography. From: Cheryl Kees Clendenon.

Light It Up

Selecting contemporary lighting can, quite literally, change the look of your space. Not only do modern light fixtures bring interest to your space they can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, too.

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Photo: Christopher Stark. From: Gioi Tran.

Re-Cover a Back Cushion or Two

This power move both creates a design moment — we can’t get enough of how the bright cerise in this patterned fabric energizes the sofa’s lavender velvet — and costs a fraction of what you would pay to reupholster an entire piece.

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Photo: Stacy Zaring Goldberg. From: Zoe Feldman Design.

Divide Spaces With a Backless Daybed

This sleek piece is a suitable perch for sitters in the living room and its low profile doesn’t interrupt sight lines.

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