Midcentury 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 midcentury modern during the 1950s and 1960s. Contemporary refers to the popular decorating styles at any given time. As midcentury modern is currently very contemporary, the words have become synonymous.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Add a Midcentury Modern Nightstand
As this lovely bedroom from Lauren Nelson Design shows, all it takes is one great piece of midcentury 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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Midcentury Modern Dresser
This great looking dresser is classic midcentury 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 midcentury 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 midcentury modern bedroom from Jenny Wolf Interiors.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Midcentury Modern Bedroom Done Right
Here's a nearly perfect example of midcentury 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 Midcentury Modern Bedroom
This bedroom from AB Design Studio displays the use of natural materials so common in the midcentury 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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One of the most iconic pieces of midcentury modern design is the Eames chair. This bedroom from Hart Studio demonstrates exactly why this comfortable chair is such a classic.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Platform Beds in the Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Platform beds became very popular during the midcentury years. This model home bedroom from Allen Construction shows off classic midcentury style.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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Retro Style Meets Midcentury Modern
Retro circles and geometrics, along with touches of global style, add a splash of retro flair to an otherwise midcentury modern bedroom. This bedroom is from Ryan Rhodes Designs.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Accent Wall in a Midcentury Modern Bedroom
This stylish midcentury 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 midcentury modern style.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Blue as an Accent Color in a Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Blue might not be the most common accent color in midcentury 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 Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Simple, neutral color is a common palette in midcentury 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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Midcentury Modern Style
This sophisticated bedroom, photographed by Sharyn Cairns, shows off several midcentury 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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Macrame in the Midcentury Modern Bedroom
The 70s mixed in lots of funky styles to the classic midcentury modern look. Here, macrame plant hangers from Isabelle Palmer of The Balcony Gardener show off retro good looks.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Wood in the Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Midcentury 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 midcentury design.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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Houseplants in a Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Houseplants add lots of life to a midcentury 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 midcentury 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 midcentury modern bedroom from Weiss Architecture? The classic midcentury armchair is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy your favorite book.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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Glamorous Midcentury Modern Style
Midcentury 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.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Colorful, Fun Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Who says midcentury 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 Midcentury Modern Bedroom
While most often, wood is left natural in midcentury 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 Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Typically, the midcentury 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 midcentury bedroom.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Colorful Touches in a Midcentury Modern Bedroom
A bright and abstract area rug, sunburst light fixture, and intriguing gallery wall add lots of color and interest to this small midcentury modern bedroom. Notice the bedside lamps, which are the same shape but contrasting colors.
Can you mix midcentury modern with other styles?
Mixing two decorating styles together works well and adds a personal touch and taste to your home.
What are the colors used in midcentury modern?
Neutral and earth tones, such as beige, tan, and grey, are paired with brighter, bolder colors, including orange, brown, olive, mustard yellow, red, and teal, in midcentury modern decorating.
What type of wood is commonly used in midcentury modern?
Midcentury modern furniture pieces are typically made out of teak, rosewood, and oak.