5 Popular Contemporary Living Room Furniture

By Steven Bertoni | December 28, 2021

The floral skirted couch and sponge-painted walls are tell-tale signs that your living room is in dire need of a makeover. You long for something more en vogue, but shopping for furniture feels less than inspiring when you get overwhelmed by just how much is out there. 

A home filled with intentional, beautiful pieces inspires an intentional and beautiful life; at least that’s what the team of designers and architects at Modloft believes. We make luxury accessible to all (especially those with skirted sofas). 

Creating a living room that is contemporary in design can be effortless if you understand basic concepts of style and design. We’ll discover the basics of contemporary furniture design, suggest five pieces of popular contemporary living room furniture, and give you some helpful tips to begin creating a serene and inviting living space. 

What Is Contemporary Style Furniture?

Contemporary style furniture takes its cues from basic contemporary interior design. Contemporary style builds on the popularity of particular styles and finishes of the current time. As such, contemporary style is ever-changing and evolving.

Contemporary style furniture is usually highly functional, easily cared for, and features simplistic beauty. 

When shopping for contemporary style furniture, look for the following hallmarks that are most notable in contemporary pieces.

5 Contemporary Living Room Furniture Pieces

You know what to look for in terms of contemporary style, so now it will be helpful to determine what pieces of furniture you need to build a living room that is functional and creates a feeling of serenity and calm sophistication. 

If your room will feature media of any type, like a television, projection monitor, or the like, you’ll want to use that as the focal point around which you’ll build the remainder of the room. You can also use a fireplace or other dominant built-in as the reference point.

Here are five contemporary living room furniture pieces that can help you create a living room that encourages gathering.

1. The Sofa

The sofa is the first item to place in your room. The sofa is likely the largest and most used piece you’ll place, so it’s important to get it right. 

Look for styles that are elegant, modern, and comfortable. Remember that form follows function. Your sofa should be comfortable, a place that invites you to open a bottle of wine and escape for an evening in plush comfort. 

2. The Coffee Table

The second item to place in your living room should be your coffee table. When designing a room with contemporary pieces, you never have to sacrifice functionality for aesthetics or vice versa. Your coffee table should accommodate your room by offering a space to sit a stack of favorite reading material, your famous charcuterie tray, or your first cup of coffee in the morning. 

3. Entertainment and Media Storage

Even if you are using a projection screen, you’ll likely still want something under the projection area to anchor the room and store other items, gaming systems, and devices, or just add decorative style to the space. 

A media console is a great way to store media items without sacrificing the contemporary feel of your space.

4. The Lounge Chair

Lounge chairs not only add design and style to a space, but they are also functional in that they offer additional seating for guests. 

Contemporary loungers offer angles and edges that can be asymmetrical and eye-catching. Using a lounger is a great way to add artistic design to a room without sacrificing the space needed for seating. 

5. The Side Table

Look to the side table once again for the combination of form and function with elegance and style. The side table offers a place for you to rest your book, or aged whisky, within comfortable reach. 

Helpful Hints

Redesigning and redecorating can be intimidating and overwhelming. Don’t get caught up in the details and allow yourself to be drawn into placing pieces in your space that don’t elicit the feelings you want to create in your room. 

Whether you’ve just moved into a new space or are thinking of redesigning your room, it can be hard to get started and figure out how to navigate creating a space that feels inviting and serene at the same time. Here are some hints to help you get started.

Final Thoughts

Contemporary furniture design is minimalistic, structured, and tailored to meet the needs of a space and add beauty and sophistication. The pieces you select should help your living room feel inviting and unencumbered.



Basics of Decorating in Contemporary Style | The Spruce

10 Living Room Design Tips | Better Homes & Gardens

Characteristics of Contemporary Furniture | Hunker