The living room is the most difficult room in the house to decorate, because most families...well..live in it! It has to be all things to all people. In the contemporary style, this effect is easy to achieve.
If you're like most people, you and your family spend most of your time at home in the living room. That's where you have the couch and chairs, the television and entertainment center, the bookcases and the ornaments. It's the living room, therefore, that can be the most difficult room to decorate.
The essential item to remember when doing any kind of decorating is to have each room as livable as possible. If you have a lot of young children you won't want a lot of breakable bric-a-brac in your living room. No matter how many times you impress upon them not to touch, there's always a chance that they will touch, and break, your breakables. That's one reason why the contemporary style of home decorating advocates having only a very few accessories placed around the room.
Another reason for having only a few accessories - from flower vases to statuettes to decorative cups or plates - is simply that the contemporary design style advocates minimalism. An absence of clutter. Not only does this make it easier to keep the room clean - no need to dust all your dust-collecting knick knacks - but it also makes the room look neater.