- 40 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Living Room Ideas – Mid-Century Modern Design
- 10 Mid-Century Modern Living Room Tips That Will Change Your Life
- 1. Start with a strong color palette
- 2. Choose good quality furniture
- 3. Use a classic mid-century chandelier
- 4. Texture is everything
- 5. Be size smart
- 6. Get your nature on
- 7. Add a glam element
- 8. Set up a reading nook
- 9. Accessorize!
- 10. Have fun decorating!
- 20 Best Instagram Living Rooms We Love
- Back to the 70s
- Dark Scandinavian Chic
- Classic Meets Modern
- Open and Airy Hampton Space
- Fresh & Cozy
- Home Library
- Statement Living Room Wall
- Masculine Chic
- Modern French
- Modern Glam
- Living Room with A View
- Urban Jungle
- Art Deco
40 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Living Room Ideas – Mid-Century Modern Design
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The mid-century modern style of interior design was popularized during the 1940s, and has yet to leave the mainstream gaze—for good reason. Defined by clean lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation, and high functionality, the style has an undeniably timeless appeal.
Icons Florence Knoll and Arne Jacobson—both of whom were prominent designers during the mid-century modern period—remain a strong part of the design conversation to this day, and their work still serves as inspiration for some of the world’s top creatives.
While some homeowners will commit to a fully mid-century modern home, anyone can easily infuse this look into their living rooms with a few simple tweaks.
Below, see 40 mid-century modern living rooms that will take you back in time (and you won't want to come back).
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In this Philip Johnson-designed “Wiley House” in New Canaan, Connecticut, a striking sculpture creates an organic focal point in the home's double-height glass pavilion-style living room.
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Inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth house, design firm Drake/Anderson fashioned this upstate NY home with mid-century modern furnishings that play into the home's contemporary architecture.
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The living room in jazz pianist Dave Brubeck's Connecticut home features natural stone for the interior stairs, with original mid-century modern light fixtures and furnishings, all of which boast an organic curvature.
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Consummate dealer and collector Benoist Drut of Maison Gerard weaves in mid-century modern style in the living room of his upstate New York retreat, with a cherry red shelving unit by Guy Roisse, a cocktail table by Karl Springer, and a 1940s American daybed.
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Updated 1920s Penthouse
Interior designer Alisa Bloom brings mid-century modern touches to this 17th-floor apartment living room, including 1970s chairs from Revival, and a vintage cocktail table from Martin La Brocante.
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This mid-century modern home, which was carefully restored by Roger Ferris + Partners, features a striking geometric fireplace, providing a place to cozy up by without sacrificing style.
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West Village Elegance
In the living room of this Nicole Fuller-designed pied-à-terre, the prewar architecture was given a contemporary twist with mid-century modern furnishings and decor—in a calming palette of blues and purples—bringing a sense of serenity to the space.
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Elevated Bachelor Pad
When interior designer Emilie Munroe was tapped to transform a modern bachelor pad, she furnished the living room in mid-century modern pieces, including two COUP swivel club chairs, which, according to Munroe, have strong wood bases, but also the softness of deep tufting in the upholstery.
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When Jennifer Jones was commissioned to redesign a 1950s San Francisco home in a way that “evoked Mad Men,” she chose low profile pieces and played with geometry, as is apparent in the cozy family room.
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The lounge area of Le Méridien Chicago—Oakbrook Center, is a lesson in the timelessness of mid-century modern, with its graphic art and iconic furniture pieces.
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A Lacquered Look
In Andy Cohen's West Village duplex, a Frank Lloyd Wright-esq custom staircase leads to a verdant seating area; the doors are painted in a custom green lacquer and the French club chairs are from Blackman Cruz.
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Laid Back Brooklyn Townhouse
In the living room of designer Kate Reynolds' Windsor Terrace townhouse, a Timothy Oulton chaise, Danish cocktail table, and wooden media console infuse the airy space with nods to traditional mid-century modern style.
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1950s East Bay Loft
In a mid-century modern California home, designer Jennifer Jones applied a contemporary twist on the iconic style, with crisp white walls, floating shelves, and signature rounded furniture.
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In a Hudson Yards model apartment designed by Neiman Marcus' Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Ken Downing, an abundance of color, texture, and pattern were grounded in a contemporary take on the mid-century modern aesthetic.
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In a colorful London pied-à-terre, designer Irakli Zaria keeps the cloudy skies outdoors by infusing the home with bold pops of color, favoring shades of blue and gilded finishings. The seating area features three 1960s armchairs, rounded mid-century coffee tables, and custom Galerie Glustin screens.
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The living room of this Alex Papachristidis-designed Manhattan apartment is swathed in bright whites, with indulgent blue art and sculptural mid-century modern furniture. A pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a Manuel Canovas fabric, the custom sofas are covered in Holland & Sherry fabrics, and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from Mantiques Modern.
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1970's Monaco Living Room
In a Monte Carlo apartment decorated by Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, the living room balances sophistication and restraint with mid-century velvet chairs, pale blue walls, and brass-and-alabaster pendants.
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Black And White Living Room
In a home belonging to designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white living room showcases 1950s armchairs by Joseph-André Motte, upholstered in a Holland & Sherry fabric. The 1960s cocktail table is by Tommi Parzinger.
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Whimsical Living Room
The living room of fashion designer Erin Beatty and filmmaker Lex Sidon’s West Village duplex, which was designed by Lara Apponyi and Michael Woodcock of Work + Sea, features a leather sofa by Michael Felix, a love seat by Pinch, and Marcel Breuer chairs from Knoll; the marble cocktail table is a custom design, the stool by Reinaldo Sanguino is from the Future Perfect, the floor lamp is by Noir, the rug is by Aelfie, and the paintings are by Jimmy Lee Sudduth, left, and Willie Jinks.
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A Contemporary California Ranch
In a cabin on Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres' Santa Monica Mountain ranch, the living room features a 1960 Illum Wikkelso sofa and a 1965 Ib Kofod-Larsen armchair; the 18th-century postal desk is Swedish and the floor lamp is by Alison Berger.
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Contemporary Farm Restoration
An artist enlisted the help of a London architecture firm to help transform a dilapidated farm building. In the newly restored living area, you will find Gia Ponti chairs with a view of the River Stour.
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West Village Living Room
Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth's apartment in Manhattan has a living room with a 1940s club chair by Jean-Michel Frank and a 1970s Maison Jansen circular banquette upholstered in shearling and leather by Edelman. The artwork is by Julian Opie.
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Linen Sofas and Leather Lounge Chairs
In the living room of a house in Sag Harbor, New York, which was decorated by architect David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor, the custom sofa is covered in a Nobilis linen, the lounge chairs are by BassamFellows, and the cocktail table is by Soraya Ltd. The ceiling’s wood-veneer wall covering is by Maya Romano, the lamp is by Isamu Noguchi, and the abaca rug is from Mark Nelson Designs.
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Mid-Century With A Parisian Twist
In the living room of fashion designer Andrew Gn's Paris apartment, 1950s wing chairs by Melchiorre Bega, upholstered in a Lelievre fabric, face armchairs by Emiel Veranneman and a cocktail table by Fredrik Schriever-Abeln, both from the 1960s. The custom-made floor lamps are by Didier Bazille, a painting by Philippe Garouste de Clauzade hangs above an Art Nouveau wood mantelpiece, the stools are late-19th-century and the kilim is Turkish.
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Shades Of Blue
In this master suite, the sofa is upholstered in an Osborne & Little fabric, the 1950s armchairs are by Gianfranco Frattini, the resin-top cocktail table is by Jean Brand, and the 1960s daybed is by Geneviève Martineau-Dausset. The photographs are by Rineke Dijkstra, the painting is by Friedrich Kunath, and the carpet is by Beauvais.
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This living room holds mid-century Brazilian rosewood chairs, stools purchased at auction, armchairs found on eBay, and a sofa by Classic Sofa upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric. The side tables are from Prime Gallery in Palm Springs, California, paintings by José Parlà flank a South African wall hanging made from cowrie-shell-embellished aprons, and the rug is Moroccan.
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Modern Tree House
A family room's sofa and ottoman are by Ligne Roset, the Saarinen side table is by Knoll, and the chairs are by Hans Wegner. The Arco lamp is by Flos, the pillows and rug are custom designs, and the tapestry was created from a traditional Bhutanese man's robe.
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A Mid-Century Renovation
In the living room of Evan and Ku-Ling Yurman's TriBeCa apartment, which was renovated by Richard Moschella and Steven Roberts of Moschella + Roberts, the mid-century furnishings include a pair of Nanna Ditzel chairs, a Hans Wegner armchair, and a cocktail table by Hendrik van Keppel and Taylor Green, purchased at auction.
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Monochromatic With A Pop Of Color
The living room of television producer Ellen Rakieten's Los Angeles apartment was designed by Anne Coyle. A Louis XV-style desk by Baker is paired with a side chair by Jonathan Adler.
10 Mid-Century Modern Living Room Tips That Will Change Your Life
Fall has settled in and there is a home to decorate and get ready for the months to come. The living room is one of the rooms we spend the most of our time in, so it only makes sense that it should be the first room to be redecorated. We have put together some guidelines on how you can create the mid-century modern living room of your dreams…
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1. Start with a strong color palette
Nothing says mid-century home decor a strong color palette. Colors such as tangerine, avocado, and other dark pastels create a statement look and can easily be paired with neutral colors such as white or gray.
2. Choose good quality furniture
The mid-century modern style is usually associated with Palm Springs. And you will not find a Palm Springs home with bad furniture, that is a given. If you want your living room to look a mid-century modern paradise, you have to make sure your furniture will stand the test of time.
3. Use a classic mid-century chandelier
Lighting is also a big issue on what concerns a great mid-century living room decor. You can go with a mid-century chandelier over your lounge area and it will stand out and make for a stunning statement piece.
4. Texture is everything
Texture truly is key. One of the most common textures you can find in mid-century living rooms is probably velvet. Not only does it convey a feeling of richness, but it is also a comfortable fabric that makes any sofa look perfect for a movie night!
5. Be size smart
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Forget oversized furniture that just clutters up the room. Go for smaller options that will make your living room feel wider and more inviting. Neutral colors also give the impression of more space, so make sure to also take that into account.
6. Get your nature on
A good mid-century modern living room is always in touch with the outdoors. We have talked about this on our Fall decor post last week, and you should definitely embrace Fall and bring a little bit of it indoors.
7. Add a glam element
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If there’s a special someone you’re trying to impress, get your glam on and choose a few more luxurious items for your living room. a high-quality mid-century lighting design, or a marble side table
8. Set up a reading nook
Photo © Elle Decor
And because your home should be prepared to embrace the rainy Sunday reading sessions that are to come, you should set up a nice space for your reading time. Get a place with a lot of daylight, that has the perfect sofa or mid-century armchair for you to enjoy the best book.
Accessories can make it or break it. They are what make your living room feel your living room. You can go with vintage pieces, or go on a shopping spree and choose the accessories that will best mirror who you are as a person.
10. Have fun decorating!
At the end of the day, whether you’re professionally decorating someone else’s living room or your own, the end result will always reflect how much fun you had doing it. And interior design should be just that. It should be fun and challenging!
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20 Best Instagram Living Rooms We Love
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and realized it’s already 4:30 in the morning, and you have saved so much living room design tips and inspiration in your collection? ‘Cause SAME.
Time doesn’t exist when you’re flooded with gorgeous Instagram living rooms, that you just want to get your bed and redesign your home.
It’s true, Instagram is a great tool to look for inspiration about architecture, interior styles, and home decor.
Guess what? We have found 20 noteworthy Instagram living rooms posted by our favorite interior design accounts, and we’re going to share it with you today. Ready to stay up until 5 in the morning? Yes? Let’s get started!
Back to the 70s
First up is this cozy yet stylish 70s living room by vintage collector Kelly LaBoda Elliott.
The fab-u-lous combination of earthy color palette and natural materials is giving us a cozy and clean living room where you can hang out with your family and friends. The greenery and sunflowers on the table add a fresh look to the space.
Plus, she added a bar in her living area, which is a great idea to entertain guests. No wonder she made it first on our Instagram living rooms list.
If you have a gypsy soul whose mantra is the more pattern and color, the better, then you’ll fall in love with Andi Teggart’s boho living room featured on Omysa’s Instagram page. We just can’t get enough of the bold colors, chic patterns, and lush Instagram-worthy plants in her living area.
Dark Scandinavian Chic
We have mentioned that dark Scandi interior will be an interior design trend this 2020, and Interior Blogger Judith‘s Instagram post proved that with her dark but chic and cozy Scandi living room.
The area appears simple yet clean and fresh because of her gorgeous indoor plants. A touch of warmth comes from the wooden coffee table that can also be used as a bench, wooden ladder for coats, and planter.
If you’re planning to redesign your living space, this should be on your Instagram living rooms inspo list!
Classic Meets Modern
This all-white sophisticated classic modern living room by Vanessa Rome Interiors is making us #InstaJealous. The bright open interior and wood coffee table bring a modern touch to the space. Plus, can we talk about how gorgeous and dreamy that sofa is? It’s the focal point of this Instagrammable living room.
Open and Airy Hampton Space
The Hamptons Holiday House Instagram living room post makes us want to pack our bags and go on a vacation at this relaxing Hampton styled living area. The furniture is neutral and natural, which makes it a perfect combination for this open and airy living room.
Fresh & Cozy
We’re in love with this fresh and cozy living space by Fleurrell featured on Omysa’s Instagram page. An abundance of throw pillows and a perfect combination of patterns, colors, and textures increases the cozy vibes.
Of course, this heavenly earthy space must be added to our Instagram living rooms list. It’s furnished with natural materials wood, wicker, rattan, bamboo, terracotta, and LOTS of indoor plants. Indeed, a wonderful happy place of Sara Toufali.
A bold and eclectic living room interior by interior blogger Mindy is a perfect example of how you fuse a lot of color into a space, and it still looks great. Plus, we’re loving all the animal decors in her living room.
Barker and Stonehouse posted a picture of this stunning geometrical styled living room. We love the geometric patterns and shapes used to decorate the space. Plus, the living room also features one of the interior trends this year, velvet sofa.
Every bookworm’s dream! My Domaine posted this post and no doubt it should be on our Instagram living rooms list.
Statement Living Room Wall
A sophisticated Mid-century living room interior with a gorgeous gallery wall of Maggie Miller Interiors featured on Omysa’s Instagram page. A combination of soothing gray walls and natural materials makes this room feels comforting, clean, and natural.
A personal interior style favorite of mine is masculine chic, and I think this post is one of my favorite Instagram living rooms posted by Taft Alexander. Dark furniture and walls and vintage masculine chic decors that screams Clark Gable. Although this living space is small, it doesn’t feel cramped because of the oversized mirror and white ceiling.
Another interior style trend this 2020 is the maximalist decor. Wendy Morrison Design posted this jungle-themed living room with lots of patterns, prints, and gold. One of the keys to using this interior style is to make sure there’s a flow in the decors so that the space still looks nice and polished.
Who says you can’t bring Paris into your home? This effortless chic modern french living room is every Parisian girl’s dream. It oozes luxury, especially the design of the molding that lines the topmost portion of the space is simply stunning.
Soft colors, bright and airy space modern glam living room by Juliet Interiors makes it on our Instagram living rooms list. The whole living space exudes glamour. The gorgeous chandelier makes a statement in this living room.
We love this light-filled interior by Emily Henderson. White walls, white furniture, and an abundance of windows, the room feels amazingly light-filled. Added a mix of patterns and textures makes the space even cozier and inviting.
Living Room with A View
This living room by A House By The Trees is undeniably beautiful, but what catches our eye is the stunning view outside. Large windows not only allow natural light in, but they also offer a clear view of the green trees, mountains, and blue sky.
Urban jungle, one of the interior trends that millennials started, and we think it should be part of our Instagram living rooms list.
Adding indoor plants does not only brighten up your living space, but it also offers a lot of health benefits purifying the air you breathe, improving your mood, and it also helps your mental health.
Just don’t forget to give them the right amount of sunlight and water.
Another interior style we’re digging right now is the Grandmillennial, and we want to share it on our Instagram living rooms list. The interior style can be described as “stuffy” or “old-school,” but it’s actually beautiful and chic. It’s an interior look that really evokes ‘home.’
A mixture of two time eras, the 1920s and 1930s, but with a modern twist. Animal prints, geometric patterned rug, textures, striking and bold colors, and large painting makes this space glamorous, elegant, functional, and modern.
There you have it, folks! Our 20 Instagram living rooms we can’t get enough of! Learn more about interior design tips and trends at Omysa’s blog. Happy decorating!