15 Different Modern Living Rooms To Inspire You
Whether you like minimalist-modern or modern-elegant styles, get inspired by these modern living spaces from our Real Homes
We sometimes tend to think of "modern" as linear, simple, all-white, and rigid. Modern interiors can be all that, but there is a whole range of different iterations of this popular style. Here are a few living spaces that you can save to your next Pinterest board:
1. Japanese capsule hotel-style
Designed by Pai Edles and Misty Floro of Morfosis, this minimalist but slightly quirky condo unit is reminiscent of those ubiquitous space-age capsule hotels in Japan, which alludes slightly to the condo's small area. "We were inspired by capsule hotels, and it's medicine-related as well," says Pai, pointing out the shapes of the accessories and wall features
2. Linear and minimalist
This loft-type condo unit is stark in a minimalist way, but cozy, because of the soft gray shades and tactile fabrics. We especially love the grid-like floor-to-ceiling shelves, which become the focal point in the unit.
3. Converted warehouse
This warehouse-turned-into-a-family-home has rustic, weathered finishes and an all-white palette. The living room uses the most basic of furniture pieces: a massive sectional sofa from Habitat and a center table from Triboa Bay Living.
4. Central stairs
A floating stairwell cuts through the middle of the main living areas of this Alabang home designed by architect Michael Cu Fua. The stairs becomes a design element and focal point of the space.
5. Double-volume space
The double-volume ceiling by the entrance opens up the ground floor and allows natural light to wash the adjacent living area.
6. Concrete Zen
The 0932 Design Team kept to a "simple luxury" theme, using only the bare minimum of furniture and accessories, to direct attention to the bay windows framing Hong Kong's bay.
In this Singapore home designed by Distinct Identity, dramatic black metal finishes, natural wood, and subdued furniture colors make for a relaxed but modern interior. You can get a similar sofa at Commune, Shangri-la Plaza.
8. Minimalist industrial
In the ground floor living spaces of this house by ARQON, the graphic lines of the floor-to-ceiling windows and staircase act as a counterpoint to the simplicity of the living area across from it.
9. Mid-century touches
Low-slung furniture pieces with a mid-century modern feel work well with the detailed wooden accent wall and lighting fixtures by Triboa Bay Living in this enormous home designed by Minimalist Manila.
10. Bold designer accents
In this 1980s townhouse that was renovated by architect Ed Calma, the second-floor lounge gets a hit of bright color by way of lipstick-red Barcelona chairs.
11. Open plan
An accent wall, which serves as an entertainment wall, defines the living area from the rest of the open-plan space by KNQ Associates.
12. Wooden details
Ming Architects had to work on a narrow footprint with this home, but they maximized the space by keeping the interior spaces open and flowing. The Burmese teak wood ceiling and flooring add warmth to the minimalist modern rooms.
13. Earthy neutrals
Architect Alistair Sadie used a soothing neutral color palette of mocha, beige, and cream in his living room. "I also added wood features and greens as part of the interiors."
Architect Angelo Siochi added a subtle but modern Pinoy touch to this mostly-American-inspired house by using Kenneth Cobonpue's Chiquita stools as accent pieces in the living room.
15. Sophisticated pastels
Leave it to interior designer Eric Paras to put an elegant, nostalgic twist to contemporary-modern interiors. The velvety textures of the soft gray and blush upholstery paired with the subtly mottled patterns of the marble table and area rug all come together to create a rich and visually satisfying tableau.
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