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Create a Modern Living Room: Your Step-by-Step Guide


A photo of a modern living room in Jakarta

Sorry for the floral couches and ornamental tablecloths. Your time has come to an end. It’s time to embrace the modern living room! Imagine a space covered in natural light, filled with clean lines and functional furniture. Many people think modern interior design is just about aesthetics but there is so much more to it than that. 


A modern living room can be timeless and best of all, it doesn’t even have to break the bank. In this article, we’ll show you how to modernize your haven and yes, you can even keep that favorite armchair of yours too. So get ready to transform your living room into something sleek and stylish - all without the stress.


Step 1: Planning your modern living room

We know you’re excited to dive right into the shopping part. But wait. The planning is just as important. Before heading to the store, take a moment to plan your modern living room.


For example:


  • Set a budget: The budget is like the foundation of your house. Without it, the house won’t stand strong. Hence, it’s important to set a realistic budget and prioritize key areas. For example, a statement sofa might be essential for you but don’t forget to include lighting elements and other decorations in your budget.

  • Spatial planning: Whether you live in a cozy space or a sprawling mansion, spatial planning is essential for any room. Strategic decluttering or clever furniture arrangement can maximize your space and improve the room’s flow.

  • Existing furniture: Just because you are updating your interior design, that doesn’t mean everything old has to go. A fresh coat of paint or a new fabric can go a long way. Transform your favorite pieces so they can blend into a living room refresh. 

Step 2: Creating the Modern Look


A modern interior hotel lobby using a Japandi theme


Now that we got the planning taken care of, it’s time to implement those ideas. To create the modern look, there are four main areas you need to focus on:


  • Color scheme: Modern color palettes are all about balance. Go for neutrals like white, gray, and beige for your clean foundation. Then throw in pops of color on throw pillows or artwork to showcase your personality.

  • Furniture: Modern living room furniture is characterized by a sleek design with clean links. A low-profile coffee table with metal a class stop or a statement accent chair for some visual flair are all great additions.

  • Lighting: Lighting is the star of the show that makes your room shine - pun intended. For a modern look, layer ambient lighting with strategically placed lamps, and of course, don’t forget the power of natural light. Maximize natural light with mirrors or sculptural pendant lamps to elevate a space.

  • Accessories: Last but not least, don’t forget some accessories! Modern living rooms typically feature geometric throw rugs, abstract art, and minimalist sculptures. This will help add the finishing touches to your living room makeover.



Modern Interior Design: Pro Tips for a Clean and Polished Look. 


A photo of plants in a modern living room

As expert interior designers, here is some advice on how to elevate your modern living room from stylish to clean and polished. The first step is to declutter! Cleanliness is the foundation of a modern aesthetic. When there is less clutter in the way, it allows the clean lines to shine. 


Another pro tip is greenery. That’s right, don’t forget about our lovely plant friends. Not only do plants add a splash of color to your room but they can help provide fresh, healthy air to any environment. 


Now, it’s time for the secret weapon of modern interior design: storage. Hidden storage to be precise. Think about ottomans with built-in compartments or sleek shelving with closed cabinets. If you want to take it to the next level, a cleverly disguised wall unit will be a conversation starter while simultaneously keeping the clutter away. Modern living is all about creating a clean and airy feel. These tips will help you do just that!


Modern living room design: conclusion


Congratulations! You’ve now mastered the secrets to designing a modern living room. From learning how to craft a budget-friendly plan to selecting the perfect statement piece, this guide has shown you the light on how to transform your space. However, this is just one step on a long road. 


There is a much deeper world to explore in the realm of modern design. It can be overwhelming at times but Azula Designs is here to help.


Our team of expert interior designers offers consultation, 3D design, furniture, and decoration sourcing and so much more. We are here to help you actualize your dream space and we’re waiting for your call! Click the button below to reach out now.




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