Photo By: Niki Schafer Interior Design; Photo by Clare West Photography
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Photo By: Caitlin McCarthy Design
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Photo By: Design by Jen Talbot Design; Photo by Dustin Halleck
Photo By: Leslie Arnold Architecture; Scott Hargis
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Photo By: Design by Kress Jack, Kress Jack at Home; Photo by Catherine Nguyen Photography
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Photo By: Design by Tasha Schultz, Tchotchkes Design Studio; Photo by Thea Volk
Tylor Devereaux's Mid-Century Living Room Design
Warm exposed brick and ductwork and original wood ceilings are softened by a soothing green color palette in this loft space. Orange accents add just enough vibrancy. Design by HGTV Star contestant Tylor Devereaux
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.
“Falling in love with a vintage piece of furniture and basing the room around it is a great way to decorate,” says Niki Schafer, who designed this colorful, midcentury-inspired living room. “I always encourage clients to design with colors, patterns and textures they truly love not just what’s the latest fashion. Vintage midcentury modern pieces can be pricey but that will be reflected in their quality. Look for treasures at garage sales and flea markets, and consider reupholstering pieces with new fabrics to give your furniture a new lease on life without ruining its heritage or style.”
A two-sided fireplace is the divider between this open concept apartment's formal living room and a family room. Across the back walls, huge windows show off the sweeping city views and let in lots of natural light.
A wash of blue—in varying shades—and simple, elegant midcentury furniture makes this living room so welcoming and stylish. Along the back wall, an open shelving unit in white provides lots of storage while keeping the mood airy and light.
Midcentury Modern Family Room With Painted Brick Wall
The exposed brick wall and fireplace were painted white to create a fresh backdrop for this midcentury modern family room. Colorful accessories decorate the mantel and wall, adding personality and pizzazz.
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.
Living Room With Striped Rug and Colorful Throw Pillows
Keep in mind that your furnishings should be in proportion not only to the actual size of the space but also to the perceived size — which can be affected by such elements as paint color or extensive areas of glass. In this project, the latter came into play. “The floor-to-ceiling windows make this small space feel larger, and to keep that open feeling the furniture needed to be scaled appropriately,” says architect Leslie Arnold. “Choosing furniture that was open at the bottom — i.e. pieces that do not go all the way to the floor — ’enlarges’ the room by allowing the entire floor to be visually unbroken. The simple, solid colored upholstered furniture allows the brightly colored rug and wall art to be the main focus of the room.”
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.
When designer Kress Jack had a month to furnish a three-bedroom home, he turned to a wide range of sources to find pieces that were available right away. “Luckily the clients wanted to incorporate as many vintage pieces as possible to give the home character and uniqueness. You can find great vintage pieces, including great bargains, if you aren’t afraid to run around a bit. For this home, we bought pieces from local flea markets, vintage stores, and estate sales. For inexpensive Mid Century reproductions I like HD Buttercup and West Elm. I also like to repurpose pieces when I can and give them a new life—like the coffee table, a midcentury piece that we turned into a terrarium by adding sand and air plants, and a Plexiglas top to contain the mess.”
Living Room With Midcentury Modern and Southwestern Elements
This open living room features a blend of Southwestern and midcentury modern elements and includes a metal-and-glass coffee table and matching console table, wood-and-leather armchairs, a wagon wheel chandelier, a faux animal skin rug, and a wide neutral sofa with Southwestern pillows.
“I find the majority of my vintage pieces at thrift stores,” says designer Tasha Schultz, who created this inviting midcentury-influenced living room. “I always have a running list of things I am on the hunt for and dimensions (if need be). Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find something at your first stop, vintage hunting requires patience and perseverance!”