Mid-Century Modern Paint Colors

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The mid-century modern decor look is having a moment right now. From hairpin-legged tables to retro-inspired light fixtures, there are many ways to bring the look into your own home. But while that beautiful leather Eames chair looks stunning in your living room, to truly embrace the style you need to think about the space as a whole, and that includes your paint colors.

Below you'll find some of the most popular shades of the mid-century modern era, from funky yellows to mellow greens and more vibrant hues, that still look fresh for today's rooms.

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    Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005

    Sherwin-Williams Pure White swatch

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    If bold hues aren't your thing, that's okay. A simple, classic white like Sherwin-Williams' Pure White is a great backdrop for your updated mid-century modern look. It's clean and crisp, a true neutral white, and it will pair beautifully with those mustard yellow throw pillows or that bold antiqued rug.

    If you want to focus your color in your furniture and accessories, a crisp white paint is a great choice for your walls.

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    Magnolia Home Eden

    Magnolia Home Eden swatch

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    Earthy greens were big in the '50 and '60s and we think Magnolia Home's Eden is a great way to recreate the look for modern times. This cool, pale ivy green is beautiful for bedrooms or living spaces and pairs well with bolder colors as well.

  • 03 of 09

    The Spruce Best Home Seasonal Taupe SPR-23

    Spruce Paint color swatch in modern taupe

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    The Spruce Best Home's Seasonal Taupe is a down-to-earth shade that is soothing and calming in living rooms and dens. It's a medium gray with strong brown undertones that feels both earthy and welcoming. We can just imagine this color in a den with a stunning Eames chair and a rolling bar cart off to the side.

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    Behr Yellow Gold 360D-6

    Behr Yellow Gold swatch

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    The mid-century modern look is all about experimenting and not shying away from bolder choices. Yellow hues of many shades were big in the '50s and Behr's Yellow Gold is a perfect warm gold paint color. This yellow shade pairs with other warm tones like tan and burnt orange and is bright and cheery enough for a kitchen or an entryway.

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    The Spruce Best Home Antique Teal SPR-11

    Spruce Paint swatch color in Antique Teal

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    Teal is another one of those playful, approachable hues that was big in the mid-20th century. We love The Spruce Best Home's Antique Teal because it's bold and perky enough to add a bit of personality and levity to your home, but it's not too saturated that it will overwhelm your space.

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    Sherwin-Williams Relentless Olive SW 6425

    Sherwin-Williams Relentless Olive swatch

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    Sherwin-Williams' Relentless Olive is another earthy hue that looks wonderful as an accent wall or splashed across an entire office space This neutral green is a little more pigmented than the Magnolia shade above and is a great choice if you're looking for a color that will act as a focal point in your room. This shade plays well with other muted mid-century colors like mustard yellow and burnt orange.

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    Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob SW 6866

    Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob swatch

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    A mid-century modern palette is a great excuse to experiment with a bold red shade like Sherwin-Williams' Heartthrob. Red is not for the faint of heart, but a bold fire engine red like this one is sure to make a splash in your home. Try it on kitchen cabinets or in a powder room.

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    Farrow & Ball Nancy's Blushes No.278

    Farrow & Ball's Nancy's Blushes swatch

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    A soft pink like Farrow & Ball's Nancy's Blushes is the perfect shade to add a little bit of color to a space, while still maintaining a neutral feel. When paired with a crisp white paint color, this pink acts even bolder and looks brighter. Not only does it work well in bedrooms and bathrooms, but with the right decor it can be a great choice for your living space as well.

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    Sherwin-Williams Carnival SW 6892

    Sherwin-Williams Carnival swatch

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    You can't think mid-century modern without thinking of a bold harvest-inspired hue like Sherwin-Williams' Carnival. This vibrant orange is not for the shy decorator but makes a great accent wall behind a wood bed or in a foyer for a bright pop of color every time you come home.