Living & Dining Room

4 Tips to Create a Mid-Century Modern Living Room

The mid-century modern interior decorating style is a much-loved choice for home styling schemes. Mid-century modern living rooms are very trendy and cozy. How to design them? Victoria Atkin from Atkin and Thyme shares her four tips on how to bring this trend to your living room design.


Where There’s Wood, There’s a Cozy Way

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Oscar Contemporary Sideboard – handmade from eco-friendly mango wood with a light antique brass-plated iron frame and matching handles to give a retro feel to the living room or bedroom.


“High-quality wood is the go-to material for mid-century modern style. It helps to ground the scheme in nature and calls back to the teak synonymous with the original era. Use this material for tables, desks, and storage pieces to give a heritage touch. Mix and match different styles of wood when coordinating drawers, side tables, media units, or shelving. This will create a sense of uniqueness and an informal feel.”


Add Metallic Flair to the Lighting and Decor

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Dexter Ceiling Light in burnished copper/black wood top – trendy lighting fixture for kitchens, dining rooms, and open-plan spaces as well as hallways, landings, and living areas.


“When styling your new mid-century look, give it a contemporary hint with metallic. You can do this via lighting, or with vases and ornaments. This aesthetic is all about being cozy and familiar, so try rich tones like copper and brass to add depth.”



Sleek and Chic Furnishings

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Berkeley Marble Console desk is a handy console table that suits most interior spaces. Made from acacia wood, powder-coated black iron legs with brass detail and black marble top.


“Mid-century is defined by its clean, well-designed lines and timeless appeal. Choose furniture pieces that have a sleek presence with smooth lines and pair with abstract accessories or artwork for contrast and interest.”


Introduce Pattern and Comparison to Create a Playful Living Room Design

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Sit back and relax in the ergonomic comfort of the Calvin Armchair in Moroccan Printed Cotton. This mid-century styled chair creates a cozy reading corner in the living room or bedroom. This armchair design is suitable for both classic and contemporary interiors.


“Mid-century modern has a playful side. Use contrasting materials such as wood and marble, and don’t forget to add in pattern and color. Pared-back rooms can be warmed using hallmark designs such as geometrics, and if the classic retro tones of mustard and orange seem too overpowering, take it back to nature with blues and greens.”




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By Danica Maričić

Interior Designer and Integrated Marketing Communications Pro, Loving Writing and Photography, Passionate about Life & Style, “True Blue” Mediterranean Girl, Curious Traveller & Designer