Mad for Mid-Century Modern: A Room by Room Guide

Today, the world is mad for mid-century modern furniture design. Pieces that were contemporary in the 1950s have made a comeback, and everyone is scrambling to get their hands on their own retro furnishings. Finding original vintage décor for your home can be difficult, as well as costly, and styling a mid mod space can be even more challenging. Whether you’re kooky for Noguchi, loony for Eames, or gaga for Jacobsen, this room-by-room guide will help you create the perfect balance of then and now, without breaking the bank.

Mid Mod Living Room

The mid mod living room is minimalist in design, yet bold in color. One of the main focal points in this space is a tufted back, pumpkin orange sofa made from 100% Italian leather. A sophisticated sapphire blue seat, reminiscent to Saarinen’s popular womb chair, sits across from a TV stand made from hand painted, reclaimed wood. Splayed and tapered legs on all of these furnishings add to the authenticity of the retro design elements. Accessorize the group with a neutral lamp boasting a subtle geometric print, and pull it all together with a colorful accent chair, featuring clean lines and wooden trim.

mid mod living room

  1. Vero Beach Sofa, $899
  2. Silhouette Lamp, $58
  3. Orbit TV Stand, $599
  4. Oxford Accent Chair, $299
  5. Mansfield Accent Chair, $699

LIVING ROOM TOTAL: $2,554

Mid Mod Bedroom

Mix and match graphic prints in this mid-century bedroom. The flat rectangular shapes, splayed legs, upholstered headboard, and vintage nickel pulls make the vibe in this space feel utterly modern. Texture and pattern play off of each other, taking the zigzag fabric of the button tufted armchair, the congruous overlay on the bright tangerine lamp, and the complementary curves and lines grounded on the dolphin gray rug to the perfect level of Mad Men chic.

mid mod bedroom

  1. Sullivan Bedroom 4 Piece Group, $1,246
  2. Infinity Rug, $249
  3. Riley Orange Table Lamp, $69
  4. Sullivan Nightstand (included in bedroom group)
  5. Lauren D Accent Chair, $299

BEDROOM TOTAL: $1,863

Mid Mod Dining Room

Go 1960s Twiggy with this dining room group, highlighting the period’s fondness towards wooden furnishings. Nodding to the iconic design of the Eames chair, the molded plywood, curvy seating and matching table will take you back in time to post-war modernism. The simple, clean lines, and organic character of the dining room sideboard is the perfect place to store dishes and display your vintage knick-knacks. The geometric mirror accessorizes the space tastefully, and the chrome, arc lamp is both artistic and practical. The unique saffron colored, prism patterned rug is unique and speaks to the bright kitchen trend of the era. Consider adding an accent wall in a contrasting hue, or graphic wallpaper for a true Atomic Age dining room.

mid mod dining

  1. Tucuman 5 Piece Dining Group, $499
  2. Valencia Sideboard, $699
  3. Hayden Mirror, $349
  4. Riviera Links Rug, $179
  5. Nickel Arc Floor Lamp, $199

DINING ROOM TOTAL: $1,925

*Prices and products are subject to change. Check your local store for current pricing and availability.

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