Photo By: Design by Jen Talbot Design; Photo by Dustin Halleck
Photo By: Leslie Arnold Architecture; Scott Hargis
Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling
Photo By: Roehner + Ryan
Photo By: Design by Jill Greaves Design Inc.; Photo by Gillian Jackson
Photo By: Chipper Hatter
Photo By: Design by Tasha Schultz, Tchotchkes Design Studio; Photo by Thea Volk
Photo By: Design by Michelle Lord Interiors; Photo by Peter McMenamin
Photo By: Wake and Loom
Photo By: Musso Design Group
Photo By: Wiebenson & Dorman Architects PC
Photo By: Red Egg Design Group
Photo By: Matt Wier
Photo By: Jessica Makes Studio
Photo By: Blanche Garcia
Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling
White Mid-Century Modern Kitchen with Double-Stacked Upper Cabinets
The kitchen, newly relocated to the front portion of the house, features quartz countertops in light gray, a concrete sink, double-stacked upper cabinets, marble hex tile and brushed stainless appliances.
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.”
Take a look at midcentury designs and you’ll notice a number of characteristics that are easy to adapt to any space—without investing in a single vintage piece. In this bedroom, for example, designer Jill Greaves created a midcentury look by using a mix or warm wood tones, pops of primary color, and graphic design patterns.
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.
“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!”
The graphic patterns and bold colors characteristic of midcentury style can overwhelm a small space. But with a little creativity you can get the same effect, as designer Michelle Lord did in this bathroom update. Adding a lattice panel between the vanity and toilet/bath area not only created a sense of privacy but also incorporated pattern and texture, without straying from the all-white and wood palette.
What makes this living room so appealing is its masterful layering of textures: a plush shag rug, wood paneled walls, a crocheted throw, and faux fur pillows. The books and bright green houseplants add lively pops of color.
Retro White Living Room With Bold Geometric Patterns
The white walls of this midcentury modern living room are livened with patterns and color in the furniture and decor. A striped rug complements the coloring of the patterned armchairs. Chevron and solid throw pillows and a set of sleek drawers add bursts of yellow color to the room.
This adorable midcentury modern bathroom is filled with fun vintage accents and pops of color. An antique telephone ties in neatly with the black and white dressing table. And just try not to smile at the mint green bathtub and sink.
Inside, tall ceilings, white walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows create an airy and open living room. A grey sectional invites visitors to stretch out, while a bright yellow area rug and teal chairs set a playful tone that carries through the rest of the home.
This sleek kitchen originally had a low ceiling, but the designers were able to raise it in the center which helped visually open up the room. The light fixtures are petite enough not to obstruct the sight lines.
Deep Orange Accent Wall in Bright Midcentury Modern Kitchen With Woodgrain Cabinetry
Horizontal woodgrain cabinets compliment the long, horizontal backsplash tile in this midcentury modern kitchen. A vertical woodgrain finish over the refrigerator and on the blood orange accent wall creates a cool, perpendicular look accenting the sharp, clean lines of the design. Large amounts of white keep the room feeling spacious and open.