Mid-century modern refers to the decorating style that rose to popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. It's characterized by lots of natural wood, simple lines, a mostly muted palette, and a sense of form-meets-function.
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Difference Between Modern and Contemporary
Although the words "contemporary" and "modern" are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Modern refers to a specific decorating style that first arose in the 1920s and became extremely popular as it modified into mid-century modern during the 1950s and 1960s. Contemporary refers to the popular decorating styles at any given time. As mid-century modern is currently very contemporary, the words have become synonymous.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Add a Mid-Century Modern Nightstand
As this lovely bedroom from Lauren Nelson Design shows, all it takes is one great piece of mid-century modern furniture to give your bedroom a shot of style. Nightstands are especially easy to find, and many are quite inexpensive.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Dresser
This great looking dresser is classic mid-century modern style: clean lines, raised legs, straight edges, and natural wood. The squat golden yellow lamp on top is the crowning touch. This bedroom is from Kelly Deck Design.Continue to 4 of 24 below.
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Bold Accent Wall
Do you want to give a simple mid-century modern bedroom a powerful shot of style? Then take a page from the playbook of Haus Interior, and create a boldly patterned accent wall. The jagged design used here is rather reminiscent of the flame stitch pattern so popular in the 70s.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Try a Chaise Lounge in Your Bedroom
A trendy chaise lounge in cowhide adds a big impact in this mid-century modern bedroom from Jenny Wolf Interiors.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Done Right
Here's a nearly perfect example of mid-century modern design from designer Chris Nguyen. The color scheme, furniture, and artwork are all hallmarks of this popular decorating theme. It's simply perfect.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Natural Materials in the Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
This bedroom from AB Design Studio displays the use of natural materials so common in the mid-century modern style. Wood-paneled walls and stone add a touch of rustic—and yet still polished—texture to the space.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Platform Beds in the Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Platform beds became very popular during the mid-century years. This model home bedroom from Allen Construction shows off classic mid-century style.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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Retro Style Meets Mid-Century Modern
Retro circles and geometrics, along with touches of global style, add a splash of retro flair to an otherwise mid-century modern bedroom. This bedroom is from Ryan Rhodes Designs.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Accent Wall in a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
This stylish mid-century modern bedroom shows off a wonderfully retro chartreuse accent wall. The rug and abstract artwork tie into the wall color and add balance to the space.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Hairpin Legs on Furniture
Hairpin legs on furniture, as shown on the bed in this room photographed by Virtual Studio Innovations, are a hallmark of the mid-century modern style.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Blue as an Accent Color in a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Blue might not be the most common accent color in mid-century modern design, but look how beautifully it's used in this bedroom from Jamie House Design. The grayish blue accent wall, wonderful small chair, and colorful throw pillows really add pizzazz to this otherwise rather simple space.Continue to 14 of 24 below.
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White Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Simple, neutral color is a common palette in mid-century design. This lovely and serene bedroom, taken by Matthew Niemann Photography, shows off a tranquil color scheme of white and natural wood.Continue to 15 of 24 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Style
This sophisticated bedroom, photographed by Sharyn Cairns, shows off several mid-century modern decorating staples: the wood paneling on the walls, the pendant light, and the classic molded plastic chair.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Wood in the Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Mid-century modern design is typified by the use of natural wood, particularly light or mid-tone woods. This bedroom, found on Brit+Co, is a fine example of mid-century design.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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Houseplants in a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Houseplants add lots of life to a mid-century modern space. This lovely room, from blog Bigger Than the Three Of Us, not only has several plants, including the notoriously hard-to-kill snake plant, it also shows off the light wood, raised legs, simple lines, and clean aesthetic so common in mid-century modern.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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Built-In Bookcases in the Bedroom
What avid reader wouldn't love an entire wall of built-in bookcases, as in this gorgeous mid-century modern bedroom from Weiss Architecture? The classic mid-century armchair is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy your favorite book.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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Glamorous Mid-Century Modern Style
Mid-century modern style can go rather glamorous, as demonstrated so beautifully in this primary bedroom from interior designer Lori Dennis. The bold abstract paintings, luxurious fur throw, mustard armchair, and spare but elegant furniture adds up to a sophisticated and rather glamorous bedroom.
About This Term: Primary Bedroom
Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
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Colorful, Fun Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Who says mid-century modern can't have a sense of fun? With the addition of several 70s retro pieces, such as the pop art Beatles images and the acrylic hanging chair, this bedroom shows off the personality and whimsy of its owner. The room is decorated by Jamie Bush + Co.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Feminine Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
While most often, wood is left natural in mid-century modern decor, this lovely bedroom shows off a softer, more feminine side with creamy white furniture. The charcoal gray walls are a rather contemporary touch, adding sophistication that keeps the bedroom from too much sweetness. It's lovely.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Bright Accents in the Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
Typically, the mid-century modern palette is mostly neutral. It's quite common, however, to add a few shots of bright color to liven up the space. Here, an orange-red throw blanket adds a touch of heat to a classically mid-century bedroom.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Colorful Touches in a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
A bright and abstract area rug, sunburst light fixture, and intriguing gallery wall add lots of color and interest to this small mid-century modern bedroom. Notice the bedside lamps, which are the same shape but contrasting colors.