Living room ideas – modern living room decor is a healthy mix of timeless design and humour

The key to a contemporary living room decor is to choose timeless, high-quality furniture. Surprising details add character and keep the conversation going. Take a look at our six picks for the modern living room and find your favorite!

Hay's Can sofa as a part of the living room decor.
HAY's Can sofa can be easily assembled and disassembled, adding even further to its carefree character. The Tulou coffee table in a delicious mocha shade is also by HAY.

1. HAY: Can sofa

HAY's Can sofa is revolutionarily uncomplicated, making it perfect for all kinds of living room decors. Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the sofa is simultaneously irresistibly elegant and unapologetically relaxed. Even if modern to the last detail, the considered design of the Can sofa will stand the test of time.

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Muuto's Reflect sideboard as a part of the living room decor.
Muuto's Reflect sideboard is also available in a smaller size. Moreover, the collection includes a beautiful drawer.

2. Muuto: Reflect sideboard

Searching for a stylish TV-stand to your living room? Look no further! Muuto's Reflect sideboard is a charming combination of traditional Scandinavian design and alluring details. Created by Søren Rose Studio, Reflect draws inspiration from the pure Nordic light and skillfully lures it to play on its rounded surfaces and asymmetric edges.

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Audo Copenhagen Turning Table, white oak
The elegant Turning Table designed by Theresa Rand is crafted from beautifully pale white oak.

3. Audo Copenhagen: Turning Table 

Audo Copenhagen's (previously Menu) Turning Table is an unparalleled pick for a beautiful living room centerpiece but in the end, it's not its beauty but its functionality that truly takes the cake. The tray-like lid turns swiftly to the side revealing a capacious storage compartment, perfect for hiding all loose items from remote controls to movie-night snacks.

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Artek's A201 pendant as a part of the living room decor.
Artek's A201 pendant emits light through both the upper and lower parts of the shade creating natural, dynamic lighting.

4. Artek: A201 pendant

Paying attention to the lighting of the living room is certainly worthwhile – a cozy atmosphere is created through versatile lighting. Alvar Aalto designed the A201 pendant in 1952 for a small communal library in Säynätsalo, Finland. The undeniable appeal of Aalto's luminaires has stayed unchanged for decades upon decades: it seems to be impossible to get enough of his clean-lined design language and considered details.

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Marimekko Tiiliskivi cushion cover 50 x 50 cm, dark green - beige - lime
Marimekko's Tiiliskivi cushion cover is made from a heavy cotton fabric printed in Helsinki, Finland.

5. Marimekko: Tiiliskivi cushion cover

Marimekko's Tiiliskivi print is an iconic classic designed by Armi Ratia in 1952. The minimalistic design is an easy fit for many different styles and its brisk pattern brings delightful rhythm to the living room decor, both solo and in mixed groups. The fresh combination of juicy orange and turquoise gives the Pieni Tiiliskivi cushion cover a contemporary touch.

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Woud's Arkiv bookend
The appearance of Woud's Arkiv bookend changes depending on the point of view as light and shadows form new patterns on its surface.

6. Woud: Arkiv bookend

Woud's jovial Arkiv bookend creates quite the architectural ensemble together with columnlike books. The sculptural bookend designed by Ella Shegai is simultaneously bare and expressive, making it equally charming as a decorative stand-alone piece in the living room.

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Living room favorites:

Cloud LN3.2 3-seater
Secto Design
Atto 5000 pendant
San Fransisco rug
February table
Framed mirror
Eames RAR rocking chair
OTC Cheetah blanket
Nappula plant pot

More inspiration for living room decor:

Rugs and carpets at Finnish Design Shop >
Armchairs at Finnish Design Shop >

Text: Mira Ahola Images: Manufacturers

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