Contemporary accessories that can be used to create a modern living room design include lighting, pillows, rugs and artwork; modern design is associated with simplicity in form and function, notes The House Designer. Accessories that feature pops of color, interesting textures and bold functioning elements add to a room's style without cluttering. The basic key to create a modern, contemporary space with accessories include using colors, textures, wood and metal accents and lighting.
Modern and contemporary spaces are open and neutral, and feature accent colors. Accessories with a metal finish, like stainless steel lamps or dimensional metal artwork, reinforce a clean, modern feel. Pillows, area rugs, upholstery and wallpaper can add textural interest without breaking the sleek, modern design.
Modern wood elements often are very light or very dark and can be used sparingly in a modern living room. Simple and unique floor lamps, track lighting or pendants offer a contemporary light source to the room, according to The House Designers.