Mixing up the ceiling levels give this apartment a loft-like, airy feel. Huge windows let in tons of light and a streamlined metal-and-wood staircase with lots of open space doesn't block sightlines across the room.
Here's a trick made popular by New York City designers: if you don't have lots of wall space in your living room
but have a large collection of art, consider hanging pieces directly in front of windows that don't offer great views.
This super chic living room mixes rustic elements (the cow hide rug and brown leather sofa) with urban edge and results in a room that's both cool and comfortable. Instead of closing off the space with a ceiling, occupants can see past the exposed wood beams up into the level above.
Contemporary Living Room With Large Picture Windows
Large floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the city skyline and allow tons of natural light to flood into the room. Situated around a round tripod coffee table, tufted green chairs add a pop of color to this neutral space.
In this urban living room, less is certainly more. A modern sofa is paired with an animal print ottoman and textured rug in the simple seating area. The starburst mirror is the focal point on the poured concrete wall.
Contemporary Urban Living Room With Gray Sectional
The large expanse of wall above the sofa in this contemporary urban living room makes the perfect landing place for a pair of paintings. The color palette in the art is picked up in the room with the addition of purple accent pillows, accessories and a chair.
Night or day, this urban living room always has an incredible view. The white leather furniture mimics the white of the skyscrapers outside the window and makes a nice contrast with the dark wood floors.
Looking for the perfect piece of abstract art to hang above your sofa, but can't find exactly what you want?
Create the art yourself with a bold-colored acrylic paint and a six-foot-by-four-foot canvas.
Gallery walls will always be timeless and classic, but interior designers continue to find new ways to decorate spaces above living room sofas. From flags and rugs to oversized art, many options are low cost and involve very little effort.