Top 5 Design Features of a Mid-Century Modern Interior

With roots that can be traced back to over 80 years ago, the Mid-Century Modern interior style remains in the spotlight, even today. You can find it in the latest issues of your favourite interior design magazines and in the homes of famous celebrities like Leonardio di Caprio and Jenifer Aniston. (We sure wouldn’t mind stealing their style)! But what is it that makes Mid-Century style so popular? And what will it look like in 2021?

Let’s take a look…

Mid-Century Modern: Back to the Roots

The original Mid-Century Modern style was designed to be achievable for every person, with focus on functionality, elegance and simplicity. Furniture designer Hans Wegner (you may recognize him for his famous Elbow and Wishbone chairs), believed that a chair was not merely a piece of furniture, but a work of art designed to support the human form. 

With such prominence placed on both function and style, Hans Wegner’s chairs from the 1940s are still seen in the most enviable homes of today! This theme of functionality continues throughout Mid-Century Modern design, making it undeniably timeless and appealing.


Mid-Century for the 21st Century

Here are some common features of the Mid-Century Modern interior style you can easily master with a 2021 twist…

Dark Timber

When first planning out how to style your Mid-Century space, start with your big furniture items – such as the dining table, sideboard or bed head. 

Furniture pieces made from walnut timber and other types of dark wood can set a strong and timeless foundation for the aesthetic that will last for years to come. The deep, warm brown radiates an earthy, inviting feeling, making it perfect for your home!

7 Pc light rustic ash dinette set with chairs

Pops of Color

Don’t forget to offset the neutral palette and warm brown tones with some fun pops of color! The aim of these color combinations is to create a nice balance between earthy and vibrant.

Orange/ yellow with brown is a classic Mid-Century Modern color palette. You can channel this look through a statement sofa or armchair if you’re brave! Or, for a more subtle approach, accessorize with orange/ yellow wall art and a colorful rug. Sense of warmth= unlocked!

Shades of pink and brown are often used throughout Mid-Century spaces. You can create a calm, light-hearten atmosphere by adding some pink decor — as little or as much as your heart desires!

If you’re going for a look that says ‘elegant’ and ‘sophisticated’, try teal, white and wood. Teal velvet makes for a rich, on-trend statement. Ensure that it’s matched with some gold accents and accessories for an absolutely stunning effect.  

Organic Shapes & Straight Lines

The Mid-Century Modern style reworks traditional furniture by juxtaposing curved, organic-shapes with clean, straight lines.

Grey-Black Ladder with 2 Storage Drawers 69″H

Organic-shaped mirrors are popular additions to Mid-Century Modern interiors, functioning as sculptural art that allows movement to flow through the space.

A Touch of Retro

Mid-Century loves a bit of a throwback, and so do we! Think geometric patterns, splashes of color and vintage pieces. 

Grey 7pc 60″ Dinette Set

Inviting Nature Indoors

Huge glass windows and homes integrated with their surroundings are typical to Mid-Century design. You can execute this by decorating your space with plants, plants and more plants! Artificial plants work well if you’d prefer something more low-maintenance. Bringing a touch of nature indoors is a wonderful way to breathe life and color into your space. 


Many styles come and go, but Mid-Century Modern promises to serve comfort, elegance and simplicity that will not fade. What do you love about Mid-Century Modern design?

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