Before & After: Contemporary Style Living and Dining Room

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Contemporary style living room

A new apartment can often provide a great blank canvas for creating a stunning contemporary interior. And that’s exactly why a recent client reached out for help. She was after a cohesive contemporary style for her NYC apartment with an open floor plan. And with the help of a skilled designer, she was able to achieve unforgettable results. So whether you’re looking for inspiration or just starting out on your own design journey, keep reading to discover the story behind this contemporary style living and dinging room.

The Challenge: Contemporary Style Living Room

The client certainly needed help with designing an open space living area consisting of a combined living and dining room. The place was filled with temporary furniture that they didn’t want to keep. However, a couple of new items were already ordered and on their way when designers took charge of the project. Their challenges included:

  • Build the furniture arrangement around the new, dark blue custom-built sectional sofa and torchiere lamp
  • Organize a highly functional yet appealing layout
  • Maximize the utility of the space
  • Have a cohesive contemporary style throughout the open floor plan

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Contemporary Decor Living Room Inspiration 

Contemporary style living room inspiration board by Decorila

The client’s ideas and inspiration photos were clearly leaning towards contemporary modern style with refined living room ideas. What they were looking for was fresh, streamlined contemporary living room furniture and attractive decor to replace temporary pieces. At the same time, it should align well with the lamp and sofa they already purchased.

Contemporary Dining Room & Living Room Combo Concept

Contemporary living room furniture layout by Decorilla

Contemporary living room furniture layout by Decorilla


Following their industry leading practices, Decorilla then connected the client with two experienced interior designers. With the design brief in hand, each designer was able to provide an initial concept for the client to choose between. After an initial consultation and reviewing the proposed concepts, the client picked the solution defined by simple elegance, metallic accents, and a dash of glam, composed by Wanda P.

Contemporary style living room moodboard

Contemporary style living room and dining room moodboard by Decorilla designer, Wanda P.


Working from the client’s inspiration images, Wanda noticed the ubiquitous brass accents. Finding the same motive repeated on the new floor lamp and even the new sectional, she decided to move in that direction, giving the contemporary style interior a touch of glam elegance.

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Contemporary Style Living Room and Dining Room Result

Contemporary dining table set by Decorilla

Contemporary dining table set by Decorilla


In the contemporary dining room, the dark charcoal shade of kitchen cabinetry was combined with black accents for more visual depth. It also paired well with the cool metal tones of the fixtures. One of the inspirational images contained a geometrical contemporary dining table, which was also included in the design. To contrast its somewhat heavier visual weight, Wanda combined it with lightly scaled, brass-accent dining chairs, making a stylish contemporary dining table set.

Furthermore, the the kitchen island conveniently defines the areas of kitchen, dining, and living without cutting off the flow between the spaces. It also perfectly complemented the thick marble base and the sleek brass stem of the new floor lamp. With three perforated enamel bowls of light, the lamp was able to provide light to both areas.

Contemporary decor living room render by Decorilla

Contemporary decor living room render by Decorilla


Furthermore, versatile nesting coffee table allowed additional table space as needed, as well as tucking away for easy movement. Topped with shagreen pieces, it further elevated the glam factor of the contemporary style living room. Next to the sofa, a comfortable, spacious upholstered lounge chair provided additional seating along with some visual interest with its brass frame. The addition of an elegant media cabinet flanked by retro shaped bookcases rounded off the story, supplying additional storage as well as hiding unappealing electronic equipment.

Contemporary Style Living Room Before Online Interior Design

Contemporary style living room before

The existing apartment was shown with furniture that wouldn’t remain. So, by the time the clients moved in they were working with a perfectly blank canvas that needed their personal touch. As a result, Wanda turned the empty rooms into a contemporary style living and dining room that became a perfect reflection of the client’s lifestyle.

Contemporary Decor Living Room Online Shopping List

Contemporary dining room and living room furniture

Decorilla shopping list for contemporary dining room and living room furniture


As we mentioned before, Decorilla is not only about delivering a great design. In fact, the design packages include added benefits. Firstly, there is an online shopping list making sourcing and procurement simple and straightforward. But that’s not all – the list includes massive exclusive trade discounts, a detailed how-to guide, on-call help, and a shopping concierge to take over ordering and delivering.

Top Picks for Contemporary Living Room Furniture

Are you looking for a contemporary decor living room? Then, here are our top picks to help with a quick update.

Top Picks for Contemporary Living Room Furniture
  1. Modern Rug
  2. Swivel Dining Chair
  3. Spring in New York Wall Art
  4. Modern Metallic Chandelier 
  5. Sectional Sofa
  6. Shagreen Nesting Coffee Table

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