Mid-Century Living Room

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Over the past few months I have developed a great love for all things mid-century. I love the retro, yet sleek furnishings so much that I’m now hunting around for vintage pieces for my own home. Though I will only be purchasing specific pieces, there’s just something to be said about an all-mid-century space. Let’s drool over some living rooms!

 

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From the herringbone floors to the mixing of leather, wood, and mixed metals, this living room is quintessentially mid-century. Looking closely, you can see that this home was clearly built much earlier than the mid-century period, but mixing these two eras together just seems to work effortlessly. The moldings on the bright, white walls and ceiling add a special touch to this space and compliments the sleek lines of the bookcase and sofa. This home serves as an example that just because your home contains specific design elements does not mean that you must furnish it to match that style.

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I love this piece so much. Buffets such as this can be used in a multitude of different ways; from a TV entertainment center, to a dresser, to a great storage center! This accessories surrounding this buffet are beautiful and almost give new life to a very traditional, mid-century modern staple. It’s not typical to see foliage, pressed flowers, and amber bottles paired with mid-century furniture, but I find the idea truly refreshing. Again, this is a great example of mixing styles. Simply because you love mid-century furniture, does not mean that everything in your house has to be only mid-century– how unrealistic. Add a splash of your personal style and things that are meaningful to you!

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Here’s a fun approach to a mid-century modern living room! Mid-century does not have to equal neutrals. Notice how this area follows the 60-30-10 design rule: 60% muted teal, 30% wood tones, and 10% pops of yellow. With this formula and those classic lines, this was bound to be a winner. I specifically included this picture though, to prove that if you are someone who loves color (yup, me, too!), you can still partake in this style.

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This is probably the most trendy way of designing a mid-century space– I could see this being an add for Urban Outfitters! Notice that all of the furniture pieces are definitely mid-century in style, but the key to making this style on trend is adding in different textures and greenery. A modern, caramel-colored pouf serves as additional seating and as an easy way to add curved lines to this space. Wicker and woven textures are utilized multiple times in this room, from the planters to the magazine holder– this texture instantly makes a space seem less cold. And when in doubt, add plants! This foliage adds life to the space, as well as movement.

So there you go: a small taste of how you can use mid-century furnishings to design your living room. You can make the whole space only mid-century or try your hand at mixing and matching pieces with what you currently have. Add splashes of color or keep it neutral– this style is timeless.

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