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Midcentury Modern Design

We make a point of learning from history and taking inspiration from that which has come before us. Whether you're a connoisseur of classic elegance, a fan of retro chic, or intrigued by the avant-garde, this blog series will dive into different design styles and will offer plenty of inspiration to inform your own creative ventures.

The following blog post covers Midcentury Modern design and provides some tips for incorporating this style into your own home.

What is Midcentury Modern Design?

Midcentury modern home design is a captivating blend of form, function, and artistic expression that emerged during the mid-20th century and continues to resonate with contemporary aesthetics. Rooted in the post-World War II era, this design movement encapsulates the essence of sleek simplicity and a harmonious connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Characterised by clean lines, organic shapes, and a focus on functionality, midcentury modern design celebrates the marriage of nature and innovation.


How can I incorporate MCM Design into my home?

Opt for natural materials:  In Midcentury Modern design, the use of materials like wood, stone, and leather is not just a stylistic choice, but a celebration of the authentic and the organic. Consider incorporating the warmth of walnut or teak wood via your furniture pieces such as tables, chairs, and sofas. The elegant integration of stone accents, whether in the form of a fireplace surround or textured wall elements, can also create a sense of grounding and nature-inspired tranquility so popular in MCM design. In addition to wood and stone elements, we recommend exploring leather upholstery for a look that is both sophisticated and comfortable. By combining all of these natural materials with the clean lines and functional elegance inherent to MCM design, your living spaces will invite nature’s beauty indoors and achieve a harmonious blend of aesthetics and authenticity.


Try open floor plans: A hallmark of this design movement is the integration of living, dining, and kitchen areas into one cohesive environment, fostering a seamless flow that encourages interaction and engagement. Begin by removing unnecessary partitions and opting for minimalist furnishings that maintain the clean lines synonymous with midcentury style. By opening up the floor plan, you’ll allow natural light to permeate throughout your space, enhancing the sense of airiness. Incorporating iconic midcentury pieces like statement light fixtures and timeless furniture can further define zones within this open layout.


Choose feature furniture pieces: Look for original pieces from the mid-20th century that contain clean lines, organic forms, and innovative materials so popular during this era. From iconic chairs with tapered legs to sculptural coffee tables, vintage midcentury furniture often blends functionality and artistry. Whether it's a teak sideboard, a Saarinen tulip table, or an Eames lounge chair lounge chair, incorporating vintage furniture throughout your home will add depth, interest, and style.


Use a warm, earthy colour palette: Warm earthy colours are synonymous with Midcentury design. This inviting palette draws inspiration from the natural world, seamlessly blending hues such as burnt sienna, deep olive green, and warm terracotta. These colours help to create an organic and harmonious space, blending seamlessly with the clean lines and organic forms that define midcentury furniture and architecture. Try our shades Ceramic Kiln, Cushion Craze, Go Green, and Tufted Kilim to get the look! Whether showcased on walls, textiles, or furnishings, these colours are guaranteed to cosy up your space!


Ready to bring the charm of Midcentury Modern design into your home? Call into your local Crown Paints stockist for the supplies you’ll need for your first project!