Ribbed Black Leather Chair and Matching Ottoman in Midcentury Modern Living Room With Sharp White Hearth
A ribbed leather chair and matching ottoman adds a thick textural element complimenting the striped textural pattern of the area rug. Three dimensional triangle floor cushions bring an unexpected shape to the traditional rectangular angles of the room.
If you want to create an authentic midcentury look—and don’t have the budget for an “instant” collection—get used to going slow. Designer Chris Nguyen shares his own approach: “Persistence and patience were the keys to finding great vintage pieces for the pictured apartment. The best collections are built over time with careful selection from sources such as local and online dealers and even places like eBay and Etsy. Don’t be afraid of pieces that need a little work either, sometimes a little elbow grease or knowing a good furniture restorer will help you get that dream piece sooner and for less money than you think.”
“I love mixing authentic midcentury pieces with reproductions to make a space feel fresh and not too much like a time capsule,” says designer Aletha VanderMaas. “The bold, blue sectional sofa and matching ottoman complement the orange brick wall, which is an original feature in this midcentury modern home. The vintage end tables that flank the sofa give the room a retro vibe—and were both Craigslist finds for less than $50 each. The assortment of graphic pillows makes the space feel more modern and not stuck in the 1960s. And the reproduction Sputnik light fixture is from Practical Props in Los Angeles, and is certainly the focal piece of the entire living room.”
Bright, Midcentury Modern Living Room With White Brick Chimney, Sleek Furniture and Blue Accent Area Rug
The open floor plan creates a spacious and airy feel throughout this home. A blue area rug brings a pop of color positioned by a sleek sofa and a pair of leather bucket chairs. A brick chimney and faux fur footstools bring beautiful texture to the design. Intriguing midcentury modern chandeliers hang through the room filling the high ceiling space.
To give her clients Chicago loft a midcentury modern update with a “touch of farmhouse chic,” designer Jennifer Talbot turned to a range of sources, combining new pieces from Blue Dot, One Kings Lane, Jayson Home & Garden, and Crate & Barrel with flea market and antique pieces the couple had collected over the years. “The key to creating a natural visual balance is a blend of new pieces and things that have been thoughtfully collected. If you vary where you shop for the new pieces the end result will feel personal,” she says.
These young homeowners love to travel, so designers used the couple's travel as the inspiration for the colors and details of their home. The bold golds and reds used to accent the otherwise neutral color palette nod to an Indian or a Moroccan style, while the details, such as the piece of coral and the amethyst geode photographed here bring the couple's love for global galavanting to focus in the design of their home.
Midcentury Modern Living Room with Lots of Texture
The combination of texture and pattern in this space creates a unique Midcentury Modern vibe. From the velour sofa, dressed down with a black and white Aztec throw and a gray and white abstract patterned pillow, to the gray ombré table lamp to the visible grain in the wood end table, this living space has no shortage of texture and personality.
So your everyday style is distinctly modern, but you love lots of holiday decorations. What to do? Keep these design tips in mind to create a holiday look that's simple and clean, yet warm and inviting.