What Is Mid-Century Modern Style?
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. This wonderful room is from the Neat Method.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Macrame in the Mid-Century Modern Bedroom
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.
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.
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.
Glamorous Mid-Century Modern Style
Mid-century modern style can go rather glamorous, as demonstrated so beautifully in this master 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.