A Custom Wood Shelving Unit Is Filled With Colorful Accessories
Instead of buying a standard shelving unit, Kyle Larsen DIY know-how to use and create a piece that is unique to them. By creating a staggered, wall-mounted shelf, they gave their apartment a eye-catching display piece where an assortment of colorful accessories can live.
If you love the open flow and exposed structures of loft-style spaces but don’t happen to live in an actual loft, no worries: It’s easy to give any room in any house an industrial edge. In the living room of a midcentury house, for example, designer Michelle Lord left the ceiling beams beams and metal ducting exposed and hung open shelving created from plumbing pipes and reclaimed wood.
A modern bookcase divides the seating area from the bar and storage area in this midcentury modern-inspired living room. Smoked oak floors are striking against the white walls and sheer window panels. A pair of midcentury chaise lounges create a cozy spot for reading and napping.
White walls and natural light give this stunning mid-century modern living room an airy, open look with a great view of the greenery outside. Clean lines in the furnishings reflect the streamlined look of the home's features, including the large tiled fireplace and square windows.
Cozy Modern Living Room Lounge From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, this once dated living room got a chic update with a fresh coat of white paint, neutral wood flooring and a plush, white mid-century sectional sofa. Designer Sarah Richardson chose a modern wood coffee table and large decorative palm leaves to add warmth and interest to this otherwise neutral space.
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.”
A midcentury bookshelf displays a colorful collection of antiques and sculptures in this modern den. A vintage lamp, woven run, and patterned throw pillows mix in bright colors and patterns in an understated way.
Mid-century modern furnishings mix with sleek white walls and slipcovered sofas to bring a relaxed, comfy vibe to this California living room. A wood wall unit adds interest to a long wall while also creating an artful spot for display and storage. A mix of textures gives the space dimension, while boldly colored artwork and accessories draw the eye throughout the space.
Existing Fireplace Gets Low-Cost Update With White Paint, New Mantel
The existing fireplace in this midcentury modern home was given a fresh update by painting the dull brown brick surround a bright, light-reflecting white -- an easy, low-cost update. A wooden mantel was added, making the space look fresh and modern without replacing the entire fireplace.