Get Inspired By These Mid-Century Modern Looks
If you’re a frequent HGTV watcher, Pinterest peruser, or home magazine flipper, you’re aware of the world’s obsession with mid-century modern design. While the phrase “mid-century modern” took off in the ‘80s with the titling of this book, it has received the most attention in the last decade or so, only perpetuated by shows like AMC’s Mad Men.
While there is some debate on the exact date period, mid-century modern describes the design style and furniture concepts between 1933 to 1965, with a particular emphasis on designs found in the ‘50s.
Along with the design world and the mainstream public, we too are drawn to this design trend. Mid-century modern emphasizes raw forms, contemporary patterns, natural materials, and a connectivity between the outdoors and inside the home. It provides a sense of simplicity and organic forms — incorporating materials such as wood, metal, and plastic.
Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite mid-century modern looks to get inspired to bring this look into our own spaces!
We love this dining space that involves lots of natural features, like the wooden table and chairs, and a unique mod light fixture overhead.
Photo courtesy of HGTV
The coffee table and side table in this living space scream mid-century modern. We also love the modern abstract art pieces placed on the ledge behind the couch, and the subtle pops of color throughout the space!
Photo courtesy of West Elm
Adding a singular piece of statement-making furniture is an easy way to make the rest of the room adapt to the mid-century look. We love this storage bench made of natural wood — topped with the perfect accessories!
Photo courtesy of West Elm
We adore this mid-century modern kitchen — from the rich cherry wood paneling, to the aqua blue cabinets, to the stunning light fixtures.
Photos courtesy of Houzz
This is a fresh, inspiring, and oh-so-mid-century-modern work space for the young creative. While there are so many fun details in the space, the wooden desk really pulls it all together.
Photo courtesy of New Darlings
Who says the little ones have to be left out of this amazing design trend? Check out this adorable and tasteful baby nursery — especially that light fixture!
Photos courtesy of Ave Styles + Ten22 Studio
Whites and neutrals work well in a bedroom space, so it’s the perfect room to begin your mid-century modern makeover.
Photo courtesy of Home Polish
We love this unique incorporation of the mid-century modern look in the bathroom, using a dresser, sinks with sharp edges, and geometric mirrors. And don’t forget that incredible pattern on the flooring!
Photo courtesy of Royal Roulette
Here’s a darker and more sultry approach to the mid-century modern workspace that is equally as dreamy!
Photo courtesy of Houzz
House plants, clean lines, unique accessories, bright colors — this is all so Don Draper.
Photo courtesy of My Scandinavian Home
It’s all about finding that perfect wooden dresser or nightstand and accompanying it with the right accessories.
Photo courtesy of The Design Files
We love this chair. End of story!
Photo courtesy of Emily Henderson
The geometric shapes and bright colors in this dining area make this a fun and exciting mid-century modern space. And have we mentioned that dramatic light fixtures enhance the look?
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Cathy Harrington is Lyon Real Estate’s director of marketing, overseeing the content on the Lyon Local blog, website and social media channels.