Use cost-saving standard colors in one area so you can splurge in other areas. The homeowners in this Atlanta neighborhood worked with designer Thea Quillian to plan their kitchen, and originally wanted to install blue upper cabinets. When they found white cabinets from Ikea at a fraction of the cost, they realized they could use the savings to afford more pricey walnut countertops.
A modern, minimalist and midcentury-style kitchen with natural materials. The homeowner loves white and initially wanted an all-white kitchen. But because she feared that it would be hard to maintain with her two kids, she went with natural walnut cabinets instead, along with a few white cabinets and white countertops. “This way she would not have to feel as though her kitchen had to be in perfect condition,” says designer Kristianne Watts.
This classic midcentury modern home is decorated floor to ceiling with handmade objects and artisanal details. From textured art to woven jute rugs, organic elements add depth and character throughout the home.
The vision for the space was to create a dining area for six. To achieve this, designer Perry Walter installed a L-shaped banquette that is perfectly scaled for the Saarinen-inspired table. Midcentury modern armchairs pair with the bench seating to accommodate more guests.
The Midcentury Modern kitchen features linear mosaic tile and a suspended sculptural chandelier. Custom chrome swivel barstools were upholstered in a metallic snakeskin patterned fabric for a fashionable statement at the bar.
Another level of visual interest and contrast is added to this midcentury modern kitchen, courtesy of its light brown flooring. The patterned tiles stand out compellingly against the two-toned gray and white cabinets.
The entry of Chris' condo is a mash-up of classic menswear and midcentury modern styles. A black, silver and gold pinstripe wallpaper from Graham & Brown covers the walls while a brass helix-style chandelier purchased for $200 from a flea market lights the space.
Down the hall, a family room with a coral-colored sofa and Eames chair provides comfortable seating for parents and kids. A large piano sits in the corner for leisurely play, while a large white area rug completes the space.
Give your version of midcentury style a more personal look by letting your home’s geographic location influence the design. For this house in Austin, Texas, for example, designer Christen Ales, chose colors and motifs that nod to the southwestern site—and yet still have a midcentury look. “The décor mixes fun bohemian patterns and textures, like this wallpaper from Cavern Home, with modern and more traditional Mexican style furniture silhouettes for a clean, but eclectic look,” she says.
A rustic stone fireplace can't compete with the retro style in this sitting room. Graphic wallpaper and a starburst clock surround the fireplace, while midcentury modern chairs and a round coffee table form a small fireside seating area.