I prefer a more eclectic look. I've seen many beautiful styles incorporating the modern look with interesting antiques, Victorian elements, rustic Parisian, country chic,etc.etc. beautiful rugs, etc.
I agree with this. There is something undeniably cold about the modern, undeniable lame about the contemporary, and undeniably gawdy about the modern, contemporary, and lounge looks you posted. Of the three, I probably dislike the modern look most.
If it were me I'd probably piece together some furniture that I personally liked, with a partial mind to matching styles/colors/etc. I think what's important is to have things surrounding you that you actually resonate with: not just hollow images you want to achieve.