The lounge or living room is the heart of many homes, where you, friends and family will congregate of an evening or weekend. But, too often, it becomes a space of frumpy, worn sofas and old tables – all comfort and no chic.
However, push too far for a clean, contemporary look and you can end up with a cold, sterile lounge. Great for objets, but nowhere you actually want to unwind.
The trick behind the best modern lounge is balance, marrying comfort with the right palette and selected statement pieces. If you want to liven up your living room, follow these simple modern lounge ideas then shop the collection below.
Pick a Focus
Start with your statement piece and work outwards. A table works well as it’s both a highly useful object and there’s a rich range of styles and textures to choose from.
For a cool, spare modern look, white gloss coffee tables are the way to go. Typically made of wood or MDF covered with a glossy white veneer, these tables frequently come with smooth flowing lines or interesting design elements. The shiny white allows larger objects to feel less obtrusive, perfect for smaller spaces, but also means that contrasting vases or candles really stand out.
To stay bang on trend, look into marble side tables. Fusing the classic swirl of fine marble with modern shapes and legs creates a perfect anchor piece that will stand the test of time.
Soften with Colour
To keep the room from looking too stark, choose a sofa that can soften the room with a playful colour or introduce some longer lines.
Lively oranges and yellows lighten up a room for more energy – ideal for a day or sun room – while teal and turquoise create a more tranquil space for when you just want to unwind.
Our selection of good value sofas includes a wide range of colours and shapes that would suit a modern lounge. Look out for sweeping lines that flow through the arms and back as well as more defined pieces that find the space to play between rigid frames and softer cushion or upholstery details.
In a larger or open plan room, you can even place the sofa away from the walls to create a divider to help zone out the space.
Spread the Light
A modern living room should be light and airy. Designer mirrors can help bounce natural light around and improve the sense of space as well as providing secondary focus points. If your room is small, choose a larger mirror but position it away from a direct sight line – the aim is to reflect the opposite spaces to create the illusion of more room, not to look at yourself (though there’s no harm in that if you want to!).
For after hours, finish off the space with a modern ceiling light. There’s a tremendous range to choose from, from ornamental bulbs to ornate metal work. As you choose, consider the height of the ceiling and where the light will hang. In general, for a lower room, choose something that clings to the ceiling, but you can achieve some dramatic effects with a lower hanging light over where people don’t walk, such as over the table or behind the sofa if you place the sofa in the middle of the room.
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