An important decorating area that you must work on when decorating your room are your walls. You can make even the plainest walls look nice by incorporating great wall art and decorative accessories. Try adding simple plain artwork tribal masks or abstract art to your living room walls to highlight the modern feel of your contemporary theme.
This is not to say that all items need to be made in the same period have the same texture or be of the same color but instead that you should stick with a few themes and make sure that one or two are reflected in each and every piece of furniture that you have in your living room.
Lighting is vital in any room and the living room is no exception. To match your contemporary design style you need to look at light fixtures in terms of both style and type. The majority of living rooms can work with a table lamp combined with recessed lighting. When you will be incorporating a contemporary style take a look at a chrome ceiling fixture with recessed lighting but steer clear of anything which is scrolly or fancy.