Funny how as the years pass, older styles become ageless rather than looking dated. If you go with a look that has at least 50 years under its belt — say, midcentury modern — it won’t go stale, says designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of Jackson Design and Remodeling. For the backdrop, it’s smart to create a simple and versatile setting: here, the clean lines of the fireplace and the neutral tones of the flooring allow the period furnishings to make the statement (and allow you to change your mind down the road).
White painted brick and natural light from large windows brings a lightness around the open floor plan of this New York City loft. The hardwood floor finish compliments the natural wood support beams that create a natural room separation. Low furniture accents the height of the ceiling, and the lime green on the midcentury sofa adds a pop of color outside the neutral color scheme.
The living room inside this 1840's row home features large ceilings with wooden beams and hardwood flooring. Midcentury modern furniture and bold artwork were added to create an eclectic, but timeless design.
Midcentury modern furniture pairs with Cape Cod-style architecture to create this stylish yet classic outdoor living space. A bold red-orange lantern adds a vibrant splash of color and personality to the space.
Bright, lively colors establish a fun, creative office space in this impeccably designed home. Midcentury modern furniture pieces bring vintage personality to the space, and deep green carpet adds another vintage-inspired touch.
To give this space an updated look, designers removed the wood paneling surrounding the fireplace and painted everything in all white. Then, they added recessed LED lights, new window treatments and warm, Midcentury Modern furniture to complete the space.
The clean white design of this reading nook creates a calm place to sit and relax. A graphic rug breaks up the stark coloring. A retro-inspired chair with a matching ottoman is decorated with a Fornasetti pillow, and a panel of abstract art adds yellow to the design for a pop of bright color.
To bring warmth to the foyer, designers combined vintage pieces of furniture with modern art. This makes the space welcoming, but also connects the design to that of the living room. Antique horses on either side of the door usher guests into the home.
The warm navy, cream and raspberry colors in this living room work together to create an inviting midcentury modern look. The cream shag rug grounds the space, and windows treatments make the room feel more intimate.
Expansive windows in this space add plenty of warm, natural light, making the space inviting. However, these windows didn't always make the space cozy, so designers added new silk drapes to block morning sun. New wood furniture was added to the space, the clean lines giving this master bedroom a modern feel, which was softened by the addition of new bedding and a Persian rug. The ceiling was painted green to give the space depth, while modern art was added to give personality to this mater bedroom.
Sometimes, the architecture of your home is the best guide for the style of the furnishings you fill it with; other times, its surroundings will direct you. When choosing furniture for this living room, designer Kristen Rivoli took the latter tack. “This space is in a building right next to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York City, so our inspiration was the classic midcentury modern furniture you might find at the museum,” she says. “We found the side table at a vintage furniture store, but the sofa is new—it’s available through KRID but it has the lines of a classic tuxedo-style sofa. The Brittania light fixture is also new but adds to the midcentury style, and the toss pillows are custom-made in a mellow color palette typical of the ‘50s and ‘60s.”