Mid-century decor & style: Getting the look
One fitting definition of cool is sleek mid-century furniture. It's sophisticated, simple, and makes a bold statement. We've taken the retro look of mid-century cool and revamped it for the 21st century. With bright colors, wooden accents, and stand-out wall art, this look can transform any room of your house.
Living room furniture
The main thing that stands out in your living room is a couch, so you'll want a color and style that can work with everything. A sectional is a great option if you enjoy entertaining guests. Choose your fabric and a style with a wooden frame and legs for a mid-century feel. If you don't want to make the leap and get a yellow, red, or orange couch, stick with neutral upholstery and choose a bright pillow or throw instead.
A coffee table is the perfect way to pull a room together. A mid-century modern coffee table looks great when it's wooden with hairpin legs and open shelves for storage. Mid-century style is all about mixing materials, too, so consider a coffee table with a while laminate top and wood pedestal base. Keep the look simple with a small vase or bowl to compliment the room.
A sofa table in contrasting colors, like espresso with white drawers, is a statement piece that every retro room can benefit from. If you can't fit one behind your couch, try putting it up against a wall or in the foyer of your house. Choose a rectangular table with skinny legs for a look that won't go out of style.
A mid-century accent chair doesn't just look cool. It provides the perfect space to enjoy a drink and read a book. If you're going with a neutral couch, consider a fun color for your retro accent chair. A light blue or cream-colored chair will go well in just about any room. If you have the space, an end table with hairpin legs next to your accent chair provides the perfect place to set a newspaper or magazine down. You can also choose a chunkier wood option with tapered feet to fit in with this decorating scheme.
One of the best parts of a mid-century room is the amount of storage its furniture provides. A sideboard is a cool piece that has drawers and cabinets where you can hide books, toys, and TV remotes. A stylish sideboard with hairpin legs also works well in a dining room as a buffet table. You can place wine and martini glasses in one drawer and tablecloths in another. If you place a sideboard in your living room, consider a retro canvas framed print on the wall above the furniture. It acts as a focal point in your room.
Mid-century modern also means sophisticated storage baskets made of copper, metal, or wire. Look for storage baskets with geometric patterns you can place on top of your coffee table or sideboard. If you have wooden floating shelves, a storage basket makes a great accent piece on your wall.
Kitchen & patio
Another place where you can really embrace the mid-century retro vibe? In your kitchen — and on your patio. To get the look, go for a metal and glass bar cart stocked with acrylic juice glasses. Choose glassware that pops with colorful geometric prints. Pick up some folded chaise lounges for guests to relax in and enjoy while you hang out on the patio.
Another easy way to embrace the mid-century feel in your kitchen is with glassware. A set of plastic tumblers in bright colors like pink, blue, and orange contains great everyday glasses. A rocks glass with a bamboo leaf pattern is perfect for juice in the morning and a mixed drink at night.
Pictures, mirrors, & lighting
The finishing touch to any mid-century room comes down to the details. The mirrors, pictures, and lighting are where you can really add your own personal touch. For example, a six-bulb mini chandelier takes a classic light fixture and makes it modern. Hang it in your living room, bedroom, or even above a kitchen island. A table floor lamp with a wooden base and a simple white shade can go in any corner. And for the bedroom, consider a hanging light fixture, like a bubble lamp mounted as a sconce, above the nightstand instead of the typical table lamp.
Mirrors are a classic decorating staple that can make your room look bigger than it is. A copper mirror in a hexagon design is one example of an ideal accent for a foyer or empty wall. If you're feeling bold, a round mirror with sunbeams all around doubles as a retro piece of artwork. Speaking of artwork, if you aren't sure what feels right for your room, check out our collection of canvas prints to get started. A close view of a face or geometric design is simple yet effective when you're putting the finishing touches on your mid-century room.