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Interior Design

Midcentury Modern Decor Ideas

What’s old is new again. Incorporate retro furnishings, nostalgic color schemes and classic silhouettes into your home for divine midcentury modern design.

Wood furnishings feel warm.

Embrace the natural look of wood, especially teak. A neutral backdrop allows a clean-lined coffee table, modular console and Danish modern chairs inspired by Hans Wegner to take center stage in this contemporary living room.

Go for clean-lined design.

Less is more when it comes to midcentury design. A marble top provides a modern twist to this classic Saarinen tulip table. Black Series 7 chairs pop against a clean, monochromatic color scheme.

Blend textures.

Mix and match textures to create a space with visual interest. Here, a shag rug blends seamlessly with a velvet couch, glass surfaces and wicker furnishings. Stick to a subdued color palette to prevent the midcentury modern design from becoming overwhelming.

Do the math.

Geometric shapes take vintage finds into mod territory. Metallic chevrons update this contemporary wooden console for a twist on classic midcentury modern design. Angular artwork mixed with a pop of primary color continues the look.

Add a pop of pattern.

Add interest to a bedroom with a retro color scheme and a blend of pretty patterns. Shades of brown and golden yellow provide an update to the burnt oranges of midcentury design’s past. An oversize floral print on this room’s bedding provides fresh juxtaposition to geometric diamond wallpaper.

 

Embrace retro silhouettes.

Trade mass-produced furnishings for one-of-a-kind pieces with slim silhouettes. Thin furniture legs and couches with clean lines help a small space look light and airy. A midcentury couch and chairs combine with a contemporary coffee table and pendant light for a modern blend of past and present.

Vintage finds feel just right.

Outfit your home office with flea market finds that showcase midcentury modern design: sharp lines, geometric shapes and minimal adornment. A wire chair with hairpin legs adds industrial flair to a desk with a single vivid red drawer. Patterns on the wall and rug add subtle style to the neutral space.

Keep seating sleek.

Molded plastic shell chairs, inspired by the designs of Ray and Charles Eames, look just as stylish in the kitchen as they do in an office, dining room or elsewhere. Metal Eiffel legs on this version accentuate a handcrafted wood island and complement stainless-steel finishes.

Mix midcentury with traditional pieces.

Feeling intimidated by midcentury modern decor? Ease into the trend by blending the minimalist style with more traditional pieces. Here, plush pillows update a tufted midcentury chair and couch. A bright blue vase and unique geometric surface modernize a wooden coffee table.

Make a pendant your focal point.

Look to lighting for a quick and easy way to integrate midcentury modern decor. Funky pendant lights, like this retro wood design, create a fun focal point for an eat-in kitchen. Eames chairs and a shag rug further this dining area’s retro vibe.

Rethink the classics.

Take iconic seating, like this pair of Bertoia diamond chairs, into the modern century with tiny tweaks. Fresh patterned pillows and plush faux-fur throws make a classic set of furniture feel new. A marble coffee-table top paired with wooden legs continues the new-meets-old design scheme.

Embrace the eclectic.

The simple shapes of midcentury modern furniture allow for hip color and pattern elsewhere. Here, wood-grain flooring, chevron wallpaper and a floral headboard bring life to an unflashy writing desk and dresser.

Let accessories shine.

Create a midcentury modern design that doesn’t feel forced by blending the style with vintage decor and classic silhouettes. Here, plenty of plush pillows soften a clean-lined sofa and simple wooden coffee table. Walls and woodwork strategically painted the same neutral color allow midcentury accessories, like an oversize sunburst sculpture, to shine.

Divine dining can be subtle.

Subtlety is essential to midcentury design. Small details, like geometric seat pads, elevate basic dining chairs with understated wishbone backs. An array of vintage artwork adds interest around the Saarinen-inspired tulip table.

Pair primary shades of color.

An unexpected mix of blue and yellow is the perfect complement to an otherwise neutral midcentury modern space. Little touches of luxury, like a modular table lamp and glass coffee table, complement the straight lines of this living room’s wood-paneled walls.

Go for modern minimalism.

Introduce richness into a modern kitchen with midcentury-style wood cabinetry. The natural material warms up minimalist hardware and stainless-steel finishes that fuse seamlessly with Bertoia-style barstools.

Scale for style.

Midcentury modern furnishings are ideal for small spaces due to their pared-down silhouettes. A chair, couch and coffee table—all with thin wood legs—can easily cozy up in a little living room while leaving the area with an airy appearance.

Set the scene with citrus.

Sweet shades of yellow and orange spice up a kitchen banquette outfitted with midcentury seating. Eames-inspired Eiffel armchairs cozy up to a plush storage bench in this sunny high-contrast space. A unique pendant light fixture provides a swipe of icy white to take the edge off the surrounding sizzling colors.

Less is more.

Create a color blast from the past with an orange-and-brown color scheme. This geometric vinyl wallpaper lends groovy pattern to a child’s bedroom. A simple wood-paneled bed with white lacquered drawers balances the bold palette and boasts the “less is more” attitude of classic midcentury modern furniture.

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