01.What is Midcentury Modern Style?
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. This wonderful room is from Neat Organization & Design.
02.The 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.
03.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.
04.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.
05.Bold Accent Wall
Want to give a simple midcentury modern bedroom a powerful shot of style? Then take a page from Haus Interior’s playbook, 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.
06.Try a chaise lounge in your bedroom
A trendy chaise lounge in cowhide adds big impact in this midcentury modern bedroom from Jenny Wolf Interiors.
07.Midcentury Modern Bedroom Done Right
Here’s a nearly perfect example of midcentury modern design from designer Chris Nguyen. The color scheme, the furniture, and the artwork are all hallmarks of this popular decorating theme. Perfect.
08.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.
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.
10.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.
11.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.
12.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.
13.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.
14.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.
15.White Midcentury Modern Bedroom
Simple, neutral color is a common palette in midcentury design. This lovely and serene bedroom, photographed by Matthew Niemann, shows off a tranquil color scheme of white and natural wood.