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Mid-Century Modern Furniture & Decor Ideas

If you dream of low-slung sofas, tapered furniture legs, daring geometrics, and sultry tweed and velvet, you're dreaming of Mid-Century Modern style. Stay tuned to learn everything about this blast from the past and how to put it to work in your here and now.

Mid-Century Modern Design 101

The world was racing to explore space, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry rocked the radio, while Marilyn Monroe and James Dean graced the silver screen. Slim legs and crushed velvet gave design a new allure that rivaled the stars of the time. The 1950's and 60's brought mid-century modern into full swing. The war was over and design was more avant-garde than ever before. Designers and architects such as Arne Jacobsen, husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames, and Verner Panton set the stage with essential period pieces.

The Egg Chair, the Eames Lounge Chair, and the Panton Chair changed what it meant to have comfortable furniture with aesthetic perfection. Ergonomic furniture and simple decor live within a Mid-Century Modern home. Not only were design elements beautiful and well-structured, but they also created a livable feel in any space.

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Color Palette

To start your Mid-Century Modern redesign, imagine a sterile modern style and slowly add in pieces that are adorned in shades of pumpkin orange, avocado green, and mustard yellow. Pick smoky greys for walls to showcase pops of Mad Men-inspired shades, be brave in choosing more intense accent hues. On the other hand, if you leave your walls lighter, you give yourself the freedom to be daring with your Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories.

Mid-Century Modern Living Room Ideas

Mid-Century Modern Living Room Ideas
Mid-Century Modern Engage Sofa International Caravan Lugano One-drawer Solid Acacia Hardwood Mid-century Style Coffee Table
Retro Eames Style Molded Plastic White Armchair Set of 2, Ava Down and Feather Filled 20-inch Throw Pillow, Hans Andersen Home Geir Wall Clock
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Use throw pillows to add patterns and solid blocks of color to create interest in an otherwise neutral design.