Want a contemporary living room and a trendy cocoon atmosphere? If you like welcoming friends into your home, you probably want to make the atmosphere in your living room cozy and warm. Preparing your guests and making them feel comfortable always guarantees a successful and memorable evening.
Contemporary and open living room, design Clark Richardson Architects
Usually, for any room, there are four aspects that predetermine its atmosphere: colors, materials, lighting and decoration. These four elements must be designed with care and as a harmonious whole. If one of these aspects is neglected, it will influence the rest. Contemporary living rooms are generally open, which also means that the living room does not represent an isolated room and the rest (dining room, kitchen or entrance) will be designed at the same time..
Contemporary living room in light colors, Archetype Design Studio
Much has already been said about colors, their meaning and the energy they bring. For a zen and refined atmosphere, we will opt for light shades and white. For a dynamic atmosphere, we will choose red and orange, for example. Dressed all in black, a room will appear elegant, but unwelcoming.
Modern living room in very bright white, Nathalie Milazzo design
If you have chosen a dark colored floor covering, you can “warm it up” by installing a carpet. It is especially the walls that you should not dress in dark shades because your interior will not only seem unwelcoming, but also smaller than it really is. Finally, you can afford to accentuate one of your walls by painting it in brown, charcoal gray, blue or in one of your favorite colors. Before choosing the latter, we advise you to consult our article on what is feng shui and the Zen atmosphere, and what is the energetic meaning of each shade..
Contemporary living room with dreamlike view, Dresner design
Below, we see a living room interior that favors light shades with black and blue accents added. It looks bright and elegant at the same time.
Small modern living room in a bedroom at the Ritz Carlton, source Ruby Media Group
The rug not only warms the room, but it visually separates the living room from the rest of the interior. Our advice is to opt for a rug made of natural material – cotton, wool or whatever. This also applies to the choice of upholstery and furniture, contemporary Scandinavian-inspired interiors always favor natural materials such as wood and stone, for example. Indeed, everything that comes from nature is always to be preferred instead of what is the result of a chemical transformation. Finally, it is true that industrial design has rethought the aesthetic role of plastic, especially by designer Karim Rashid, but this material remains little popular in Zen-inspired interiors. Natural has been in fashion for over a decade.
Open and contemporary interior with beautiful view, Addison Bruley design
Living room in light colors, original wall accent and black elements, source Bam Design Lab
The fireplace has become synonymous with conviviality and warmth, literally and metaphorically. Having a fireplace requires a certain investment, but with a little creativity, it is quite possible to find do-it-yourself fireplace solutions at an affordable price..
Living room furnished with authentic furniture and fireplace, Hillary Thomas design
Having a large apartment or house is a real treat. If you are lucky, try to keep its look open and bright by choosing light shades, blues, greens and installing large windows to allow natural light to enter freely..
Open and bright living room in light shades, Dkor Interiors design
The interior of the living room in the image below is all white and clean. For some, it may seem too sterile and in need of heat. To make it more cocoon, we will add a groundsheet, in color or with an interesting pattern.
All white, all refined, all harmonious, source Ewm Realty International
Lighting plays a vital role in the ambiance of any space. It has the ability to accentuate and even visually alter colors. If this aspect of your interior is neglected and you have too bright or bluish lighting, it is sure that your living room interior will not look very welcoming. This is the case of the interior open on the image below which the bluish lighting makes very elegant and stylish, with a futuristic touch, but little cocoon.
Open interior with bluish lighting that looks very stylish and a bit chilly
Living in a small space can be quite enjoyable if it has been designed in a functional way and if the right color palette is chosen. This small studio, designed by Bam Design Studio, is open and favors brown and beige tones. Small, cocoon and elegant, it would have been even better if it had had a sail or a sliding and blackout panel to separate the bedroom from the living room when receiving guests.
Small cocoon apartment in gray and with brown and beige decor, Bam Design Studio
Small cocoon studio in warm and neutral tones, Bam Design Studio
Dark and elegant interior with simple furnishings and granite floors
Large open interior with interesting wall decoration, Jordan Iverson design
Small cocoon lounge with beige carpet, Kelly Schandel design
Open living room with magnificent view, designed by Michael Saunders Company
Modern interior with interesting wall decoration, Mirador Group design
Beautiful living room interior in white and light colors, Nathalie Milazzo design
This open industrial-inspired interior, designed by designer Nathalie Milazzo, mixes waxed concrete with wood and metal. The green touch, the carpet and the accents in yellow warm it up and make it more welcoming.
Idea of living room open to kitchen, design Nathalie Milazzo
White corner sofa for the modern living room, design Profusion Agence
Living room idea with wooden floors and fireplace, source Pulp Design Studios
How white, how bright! This living room interior, designed by designer Sarah Barnard, is very cocoon and modern: white is dominant and the rustic wooden table adds rusticity to the atmosphere. The small orchid decorating the table brings a very feminine side to the atmosphere.
Living room in white with sea view, design Sarah Barnard
2017 is the year of blue and all those shades! This living room interior, designed by Caitlin McCarthy Design studio, is a wonderful blend of gray, blue and black accents. The wooden parquet and the large green potted plant are a must to bring a natural touch to this room which is part of an urban dwelling..
Modern living room in gray, blue and wood with plant decoration, source Caitlin McCarthy Designs
If you like to entertain a lot of friends in your home, consider providing enough comfortable seating: sofa, armchair, ottomans, stools. This large living room designed by Brooke Wagner, in the image below, will appear overloaded with furniture, if the two stools weren’t transparent. What a good idea !
Living room that can accommodate several guests, design Brooke Wagner
These two elegant armchairs in leather and gold legs are far removed from the glass coffee table placed in the middle of the living room. Allison Lind has found the best solution that will make it easy for guests seated on these two armchairs to put down their glasses: the installation of a very small coffee table between the two armchairs which is also in the same style. !
Very elegant looking living room with very designer furniture designed by Allison Lind
The false ceiling, chandelier and marble coffee table make this living room interior look very luxurious. There is still a very warm atmosphere thanks to the wooden parquet, the groundsheet and its brightness.
Photo modern living room all white, all modern, design Chango and Co
The industrial interior style is one of the most beloved of recent times. Nevertheless, he, too, is largely influenced by Scandinavian design, and more and more furniture and decorative elements of the latter can be found in industrial-inspired interiors. This is the case for this interior designed by the Decor Aid company, which favors metal and steel, but also light wood and, of course, plant decoration..
Bright and open industrial-inspired interior, Decor Aid design
Being able to enjoy the beautiful view of the sea while staying warm in front of your indoor fireplace, comfortably seated on your soft sofa, it’s a dream …
Living room with comfortable sofa and indoor fireplace with sea view, source Aria Design
When it comes to decorating your living room, it all depends on your preferences, means and personal tastes. An interior rich in accents and colors or a clean and zen living room, the choice is yours !
Small open apartment in white with accents in blue and yellow, source Bam Design Lab
Cushions, blankets, floor mats and wall accents remain the best decoration for any interior, clean or colorful. These elements are always practical, easy to maintain and to change at any time if you need to refresh your living room decor.
Industrial-influenced style living room with wood and metal coffee table, Shelley Gorman design
Here is a living room interior in an urban apartment where the sofa has been installed in such a way that you can enjoy the view and at the same time feel cocooned. It is the decoration, simple and not at all bulky, which makes the ambience cocoon: the round floor mat in royal blue matched with blue cushions and abstract pattern.
Living room in light colors accented with blue carpet and cushions, design Abbe Fenimore
Living room in open and bright interior decorated with ethnic style floor mat
If you live in a large space, with two or more floors, the floor mat is a must have for your living room. A soft carpet is even better !
Very modern interior decorated with soft white carpet, design Steve Domoney Architecture
Finally, we must not forget the importance of plant decoration. Any room, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and even bathroom, deserves a beautiful green decoration in the form of a potted plant or a bouquet of flowers. There are plenty of houseplants out there that are easy to find in specialty stores and easy to maintain, perfect for novice urban gardeners. Read our article to learn more about houseplant species and their care.
All-white interior with Japanese-inspired floral decoration, source Strang Architecture
Living room in a house in the woods, source Studio MM Architect PLLC
Orchids are beautiful, delicate and charming plants that can also be grown inside your apartment. The most common species of orchid is the white orchid, also known by its Latin name Phalaenopsis. You will be amazed how undemanding and easily adaptable these plants are. Having a beautiful orchid in your living room will be greatly appreciated by your guests. Before purchasing one, make sure that the temperature and light in your living room meet these requirements. Usually it flowers and lives best in a bright place where it is between 20 and 30 degrees..
Elegant and luxurious living room with breathtaking exterior view, source Wetag Consulting
Placing a bouquet of flowers on your living room table or elsewhere to decorate your living room, when entertaining guests, usually seems like a good idea that is easy to achieve. Unfortunately, this decoration is ephemeral and not very ecological.
Interior in white with royal blue sofa, source Caitlin McCarthy Designs
Living room with upholstered sofa and accent wall in a similar color, Shelley Gorman design
Living room with floor and sofa in gray, source Kapito Muller Interiors
Cocoon living room interior rich in contrasts, source Prairie
Living room with fireplace, blue sofa and green decor, source Blackband Design
Large living room rich in contrasts that can accommodate several guests, design Justin Dipiero
Large blue corner sofa in a trendy interior, Caitlin McCarthy Design