I love mid-century modern for so many reasons and I love when I get the chance to work with clients who appreciate the more organic form than the traditional style.
My clients are sweet empty nesters who recently downsized into a smaller home and they wanted to start fresh with new furnishings in their main living area. Lucky for them, their new home had recently been updated and so the walls were a fresh white color and the floors were a warm grey wood tile, suitable to go in whatever direction we’d like. Their home was literally the perfect blanket canvas for our project.
Our goal was to create a mid-century modern design that would be comfortable for relaxing after a long day at work and for hosting friends and family. So it was very important to offer them plenty of comfortable seating in the space. They wanted furnishings with clean lines, a mix of materials, and more of an organic feel with artwork created by their own daughter and her friend several years ago.
I just fell in love with their daughter’s and friend’s artwork. Each item is so unique and clever and became the perfect starting point for choosing the color palette for our space. Painted in hues of blue, orange, and black, we used their artwork as inspiration and managed to sprinkle the colors across the room with rugs, pillows, and decor.
When it came to sourcing their furniture, our first stop was West Elm. West Elm has an amazing line of mid-century modern furniture and decor that is sturdy, has great lines, made of quality materials, but not very expensive. West Elm is really suitable for most budgets because they often offer great sales so you can usually get good deals on their items. We probably purchased just over half of their furniture from West Elm.
In the living room, I found a perfectly sized grey sofa and two leather chairs with no deep seats. That was a requirement for them. To bring the sofa and chairs together, I anchored the space with a large blue rug that added a layer of color and contrast to the space. Then we splurged on the side tables made of various materials, giving them something spectacular and unique to enjoy and rest a delicious drink on. The side tables coordinated with the color scheme through the marble tops, walnut wood, black framing, and gold legs.
Across from the sofa and chairs was the perfect spot for their large tv, but it needed a suitable media console. I was able to curate a stunning black and wood media console from West Elm. It’s sleek, modern design and lacquer finish makes for a handsome console and a spectacular statement piece. It also serves as a good spot for the husband to rest his turntable and listen to his old records occasionally.
To fill in the gap between the media console and the fireplace, my clients found a clean line chair and metallic side table on their own, as a way to save on design costs. They simply love that chair.
This final reveal of a mid-century modern living room is layered in colors, patterns, and texture with comfort and style. The results are lovely and I am pleased they are happy and it fits my clients’ lifestyle.