This elegant, Midcentury Modern dining room flawlessly blends textures, patterns and materials to create a perfect execution of the Midcentury style. The clean lines of the modern table, buffet and chairs are softened by the velour fabric that covers the dining chairs, while the roughness of the wicker rope rug and planter adds texture to the space. These elements combine to give this space an elegant, Midcentury Modern look.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
White Dining Room With Green Curtains and Yellow Chairs
To spice up the decor, HGTV Star contestant Boris Eckey used a faux trellis paint pattern on one wall, hung custom artwork and added a classic extension dining table and unconventional seating, like bright yellow director's chairs. Now this Tuscan-style dining room feels like it's been part of the house forever.
Emerald Green Built In Desk in Contemporary Home Office
The contemporary home office serves as a bright and bold jewel box at the front of the home. A coffered ceiling nods to traditional style, while the oversized geometric light fixture adds a modern touch.
Master Sitting Area Balances Traditional Design With Modern Furnishings
Plush carpet and a sofa covered with faux chinchilla fur add to the 1970s retreat-like feel in the master bedroom at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Designer Will Wick worked to balance the tradition of the home's design with modern pieces to make the space feel especially livable.
Wainscoting and a coffered ceiling bring classic architectural detail to the yellow-green walls of this formal dining room. The traditional oval table is surrounded by comfortable navy chairs, while the space is grounded by a timeless rug.
This green-and-white activity rooms offers a great place to do work, homework and art. White bookshelves offer plenty of storage for books and decor, while an over-stuffed green sofa creates the perfect place to relax.
While wooden and metal chairs are the easiest to clean, they’re not the most comfortable. An excellent alternative to wood and metal is an upholstered Louis XVI chair. Known for its fluted legs, square back and timeless style, this French piece works in modern and traditional settings. Linen and cotton upholstery options are great for spaces with active kids; however, leather and vinyl styles are the most kid-proof and easy to clean.