In the 1950s and '60s, when America started daydreaming about a Jetsons-like future filled with modern decor and even more modern conveniences, midcentury design took off like wildfire. And for over 70 years the (now) retro, yet classic, style has remained an interior design favorite. Although some homeowners choose to honor the aesthetic by decking out their digs in sleek light fixtures, curvaceous furniture, and space-inspired decor, you can choose a more modern approach, only adding a few accents here and there, while still incorporating your unique personality.
Here are 16 picture-perfect spaces that prove there's no such thing as one right way to create a stunning midcentury living room design.
1. Add natural texture.
Back in the day, midcentury design was all about teak and balsa wood. Today, this partnering still looks visually striking as witnessed in this living room designed by Art Home Garden. It's midcentury in spirit with an overarching floor lamp and Noguchi coffee table, paired with a hint of boho-chic charm.
2. Glam things up.
3. Hang graphic artwork.
4. Consider a subtle color palette.
5. Allow white to act as a neutral backdrop.
6. Spotlight a retro light fixture.
7. Embrace eclectic decor.
Bring in a few midcentury pieces, like a set of vintage chairs or Jonathan Adler ceramics, and mix them with a few items that are personal to you, such as meaningful artwork or houseplants in handcrafted pots. This midcentury living room designed by Emily Henderson went the eclectic route, and it simply sings.
8. Create a midcentury reading nook.
9. Throw in a few coastal vibes.
10. Combine with boho charm.
11. Commit to authenticity.
So, you know that thing we said earlier about bringing in hints of midcentury here and there? Well if you're more of an all-or-nothing person, take a page out of Lindsey Herron and Yoni Goldberg's midcentury Airbnb, and just go for it. Their living room is the epitome of cool and looks as if we've stepped into a time machine.