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Mid-Century without Kitsch

April 13, 2016

Mid-century furniture is a staple in most stylish homes. Simple mid-century pieces can work with nearly any decor style, the key is choosing the right pieces and knowing which to avoid. Unless you’re into time capsule living (no shade), I recommend avoiding “atomic” pieces. To achieve a more elegant and elevated look, choose materials like real wood, leather and velvet over plastics and vinyl. Remember that the tapered leg is a mid century gift that should be used in moderation. I’ve put together an eclectic and a minimal look to show how mid-century pieces lend themselves to each modern style.


[sconce / bolster pillow / kuba cloth pillows / framed print / sofa / rug / chair / credenza / coffee table]

This mid-century modern look leans eclectic with the traditional rug, rich emerald velvet sofa, rattan coffee table base and hammered details on the credenza. The mud cloth pillows add a graphic element and tie in the black and white accents. All these things are dying to be paired with tons and tons of plants. I’d kill them all. I’m sorry, plants.


[floor lamp / framed print / mobile / credenza / sofa / rug / coffee table / chair]

So clean, so modern, so light and fresh — it speaks to my soul. This look is anchored by a teak framed sofa and a gorgeous credenza on a metal base. Clean, structured lines are easy to find in mid-century pieces and pair so well with modern objects. I’ve got heart eyes all over for that blush geometric rug and leather sling chair.

This post was inspired by a prompt from Chairish to participate in their Mid-Century Modern Mood Board Challenge.

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