These Chic-to-Death Contemporary Living Room Ideas Will Make Any Space Look Mod

New York City–based interior designer Rian Smith describes style as mixing modern and transitional elements in a warm and fresh way to create a cohesive space. In her experience, it's all about achieving a balance between these two styles—which is easier said than done. If you're looking to add some contemporary flair to your home, start in the —a space that tends to lead the design style of the rest of a . Think "soothing, calm, tranquil, and cool, but not cold," says Smith. Before you begin picking out new furniture and debating paint swatches, take a look at these contemporary living rooms. They're the perfect mix of warm and cool, varying in color palettes, layout, and artistic embellishments.