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A Pattern Language: Modern Living Room Ideas

Adding bold patterns and bright colors to a modern living room is the easiest way to enliven a space.  Just add a fun rug, throw or a set of pillows. It’s also a low-risk decorating move. Unlike, say, a neon-pink sofa or a dark red wall, it is easy to swap out accessories if and when your taste changes. Pick the right piece, and it will brighten your day and bring you joy when you see it. I always love good patterns, and luckily geometrics are on-trend right now.  There’s always a way to make them work with any interior design or color scheme. Here are a few of our modern living room ideas for the bold and brave. Go ahead, make a statement!

Liuwa Rug By Rosita Missoni, from Missoni Home|YLiving

Liuwa Rug from Missoni Home

The attention-grabbing Liuwa Rug  is quintessential Missoni —it looks like one of their iconic knitwear patterns translated for your floor, with a chic chevron pattern that will infuse your modern living room décor with fresh energy and design-forward Italian style.

Losanges Rug By Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, from Nanimarquina|YLiving

Losanges Rug from Nanimarquina

The unusual, rhomboid-shaped Losanges Rug from Nanimarquina is a masterpiece of technical rug-making skill, and a piece that instantly makes a room. Though it’s available in three colorways, I’m partial to the multicolored version, which incorporates 13 hues in various-sized diamond shapes.

Studio SR124 Rug from Surya|YLiving

Studio SR124 Rug from Surya

The Studio SR124 Rug by Surya is a good option for a masculine space, or anywhere you’re looking for a strong-but-not-overpowering graphic punch. Constructed from 100% New Zealand wool and available in 5 different sizes and shapes, including a square and a circle, the rug’s contrasting beige and chocolate tones have an appealing hand-drawn quality—and the price is right.

Thomas Paul Geometric Blue:Cream Rug from Chandra Rugs|YLiving

Thomas Paul Geometric Blue/Cream Rug from Chandra Rugs

Like the Surya rug, the mod Thomas Paul Geometric Blue/Cream Rug from Chandra Rugs comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you’re sure to find one to fit your space. Spun of durable, hand-tufted New Zealand wool, the blue-and-cream swooping stripes remind me of lounge chairs or plush beach towels and exude a sunny, all-American vibe. It also comes in a pumpkin orange, a steely gray, and a warm yellow.

Large Geometry Pillow By Trine Andersen, from Ferm Living|YLiving

Large Geometry Pillow from Ferm Living

Ferm Living has mastered hip geometric patterns—they’ve splashed their triangles and diamonds on everything from wallpaper to laundry baskets to shower curtains. I love the muted hues and high-contrast patterning on their Large Geometry Pillow, the perfect way to inject a shot of style into your modern living room. Pick one—or line up all four on your sofa for an even bigger statement. 

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