As the centre of the home, it’s important to breathe fresh life into your living room from time-to-time. After all, it’s where you spend a huge portion of your days and evenings as a family, so loving the interior style and furniture will make your gatherings even more pleasant.

For those times you feel like a change, but don’t want an entire overhaul, simply updating a few pieces of furniture could bring your home into 2019, without the time-consuming, stressful process of a total redesign.

To give you a little inspiration, here are some ideas of modern living room furniture to give your home a new, contemporary edge.

Make art a central feature

People may have been decorating their homes with art for centuries, but recently, we’re designing an entire room around a single piece of art, drawing the eye directly to the piece. Greg Natale, a leading Australian interior designer, recommends using art to make a statement. In his Sydney home, he has selected a striking piece of art in bold colours, with a neutral palette around the rest of the room, ensuring the piece takes centre stage.

Choose one large piece of art you love or create an entire gallery wall to showcase multiple frames and pictures, for a unique feature wall that’s easy to swap and switch as you feel like it.

Layer your lighting

It’s no longer enough to have a single light source illuminating your living room, which can come across as harsh and inflexible. Layered lighting affords you with the power to control the mood and setting in your living room, with a range of angles and dimming options.

The three main layers you’ll want to get right are ambient lighting (the main light source), task lighting (such as a desk light that can be adjusted for reading) and accent lighting (purely for presentation, such as to illuminate a piece of art). You can buy and install most lighting types yourself, available from specialist furniture stores.

Make technology beautiful

It’s no doubt that the TV and sound system in your living room is something you and your family couldn’t live without, but is it currently more of an eyesore than a stylish feature? With some simple furniture purchases, you can transform the appliances in your room into a more aesthetically appealing part of the decor.

Modern entertainment units take care of this for you. Available nowadays in sleek designs and contemporary colours, this is your key to organising your electronics and hiding anything you don’t want to see, such as wires and remote controls. Both beautiful and functional, you’d be surprised at the sheer variety of entertainment units available today, to take the modern home to the next level.

Furniture that cares

There has been an increasing interest in understanding the source of items of furniture. According to the interior design manager of Coco Republic, Laura Bebbington, more customers are requesting natural fibres and sustainable materials. She said that in 2019, furniture is becoming more minimal and is focusing on high-quality fabrics that demonstrate the superior craftsmanship.