Design Style – Mid-Century Modern

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Design Style – Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern style has been revived over the last 5 years in a BIG WAY!

Personally, I love this style. Our 3 bedroom bungalow was built in 1967 and the architecture of the home with the angled roofline definitely has a look reminiscent of designs by Frank Lloyd Wright.

My Mid Century Modern Style Bungalow

The Mid-Century Modern, aka MCM, design style had its beginnings in the middle of the 20th century. Post-WWII, people were looking for a more uncomplicated design style.

Focus had changed from the ornate to a less frilly, less embellished look in architecture and furniture.

Mid-Century Modern Colours

Mid-Century Modern design style has a range of distinct colours that assist in curating this look.

Let me share three inspiring MCM colours that will give you a great starting point if you are considering this design style for your own home.

Sherwin Williams – Earthen Jug 7703

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Earthen Jug by Sherwin Williams

After seeing the latest images on social media from showrooms at High Point Spring Market in North Carolina, the warm Terracotta tones are still trending in a big way.

You may recall reading about the popularity of this shade in this previous colour trends post from the fall.

Farrow & Ball – India Yellow No.66

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Farrow & Ball’s India Yellow

A rich mustard yellow, India Yellow is a colour indicative of this period of design. Paired with the right colour combinations it can deliver the MCM look down to a tee.

Learn more about this gorgeous deep yellow by Farrow and Ball here in my colour review.

See 10 stunning colours that complement India Yellow in my Perfect Colour Palette.

Farrow And Ball India Yellow Living Room With Yellow Sofa
India Yellow walls and sofa

Benjamin Moore – Hale Navy HC-154

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Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore

One of Benjamin Moore’s most popular blues, Hale Navy works so well in a Mid Century Modern colour palette.

It also looks amazing in other styles of interiors, like this gorgeous dining room we designed for clients in Toronto.

Hale Navy And White Dove Dining Room
Hale Navy dining room nook and ceiling, White Dove walls.

Get more colour inspiration and what you need to know about using this popular Navy in my Perfect Colour Palette.

Earthen Jug, India Yellow and Hale Navy

Earthen Jug, India Yellow, Hale Navy Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Benjamin Moore
Mid-Century Modern Design Style Colour Palette

What a vibrant and contrasting palette that highlights the look and feel of the Mid-Century Modern design style.

Design Details

What are some of the signature details of the Mid-Century Modern design style? Let’s take a look!

Dark Wood Tones

Teak is probably the best known of the dark woods prominent in Mid-Century Modern furniture.

Teak Coffee Table
Teak double shelved coffee table

There are many others that were used in furniture making during this dynamic period including Rosewood and Walnut.

Walnut is one of my personal favourites and I believe it is a warm wood that never goes out of style.

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Dark toned wood shelving units, desk and chair


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Tufted blue velvet sofa with tapered wood legs

Tapered Legs

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Coffee table, chair and floor lamp all with tapered legs. And notice the tufting on this gorgeous sofa!
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Tapered legs are everywhere in Mid-Century Modern furniture design!!

Fabrics & Textures


Yellow And Burnt Orange Velvet Cushions On Blue Velvet Sofa
Colourful velvet accent pillows on a blue (tufted!) velvet sofa
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Rich green velvet love seat and yellow armchair


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Cane panelled sideboard
cane, wicker, rattan, light fixture, chandelier

These design elements can be used in a variety of design styles, including Farmhouse and Coastal.


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Simple MCM leather chair with tapered legs
dark brown leather mcm chair
Dark brown leather traditionally styled mcm walnut armchair
Leather Tufted Sofa
This sofa has it all: Leather in an earthy tone, tufting details and tapered legs.

Mid-Century Decor


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Geometric area rug
geometric wall art
Simple and bright, mid-century modern artwork brings a space to life
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Hexagon shaped tiles and shelf boxes

Ceramics & Glass

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Glass and ceramic smooth curved vases and vessels
Ceramic Vases, teak coffee table
Ceramic vases – popular decor elements in any MCM interior space
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MCM Ceramic lamp with diamond pattern

Star Burst

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Coloured ball clock
starburst decor, starburst wall art
Starburst wall decor
Starburst mirror
Starburst mirror

And although the basement with pool table shown below is not Mid-Century Style, you can see that we used a colourful clock similar to the starburst style in this games room area.

Basement Pool Table With Green And Orange Bar Seating
The colourful clock is reminiscent of the ‘starburst’ seen in MCM design style

You can check out the entire 3000 square foot basement design here…it even has a hidden door in a bookcase that leads to the very cool and secret Xbox room with a graffiti wall!

Remember, just because you may not be decorating an entire room in one specific design style, doesn’t mean you can’t mix in various elements of style.

In fact, I encourage it to achieve a layered and interesting room design!

Mid-Century Modern Perfect Colour Palettes

Mid Century Modern Living Room, Green Chairs, Teak Sideboard

Loving the look of the Mid-Century Modern design style?

Let me help you achieve this sophisticated yet relaxed feel with my Perfect Colour Palettes which provide 10 fabulous colour combinations in order to pull off a gorgeous MCM interior.

Sherwin Williams Mid-Century Modern palette
Mid Century Modern Style Sherwin Williams
Sherwin Williams MCM Perfect Colour Palette – 10 colours
Benjamin Moore Mid-Century Modern palette
Mid Century Modern Style Benjamin Moore
10 MCM colours by Benjamin Moore
Farrow & Ball Mid-Century Modern palette
Mid Century Modern Farrow & Ball
10 complementary MCM Colour by Farrow & Ball
India Yellow Perfect Colour Palette
India Yellow Farrow & Ball
Hale Navy Perfect Colour Palette
Hale Navy Benjamin Moore

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(2) Comments
  • Sandee
    | 16 September 2023

    Does anyone know where I can locate to purchase the above mid century modern blue velvet sofa.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 22 September 2023

      Hi Sandee. These were stock photos, so I don’t have a source. I suggest going a Google search for Mid Century Modern tufted blue sofas.

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