The mid-century modern style was popularized the 1950s and has yet to leave–for good reason. Defined by simple forms, organic influences, high functionality, and minimal ornamentation, the style has an undeniably timeless appeal. Plus, with a few simple tweaks, you can easily infuse your living room with a mid-century modern vibe.
Before you get started, read below for 30 mid-century modern living rooms that will take you back in time (and you won't want to come back).
In Andy Cohen's West Village duplex, a Frank Lloyd Wright-esq custom staircase leads to a verdant seating area; the doors are painted in a custom green lacquer and the French club chairs are from .
In the living room of designer Kate Reynolds' Windsor Terrace townhouse, a chaise, Danish cocktail table, and wooden media console infuse the airy space with nods to traditional mid-century modern style.
In a mid-century modern California home, designer Jennifer Jones applied a contemporary twist on the iconic style, with crisp white walls, floating shelves, and signature rounded furniture.
In a Hudson Yards model apartment designed by ' Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, Ken Downing, an abundance of color, texture, and pattern were grounded in a contemporary take on the mid-century modern aesthetic.
In a colorful London pied-à-terre, designer Irakli Zaria keeps the cloudy skies outdoors by infusing the home with bold pops of color, favoring shades of blue and gilded finishings. The seating area features three 1960s armchairs, rounded mid-century coffee tables, and custom screens.
The living room of this Alex Papachristidis-designed Manhattan apartment is swathed in bright whites, with indulgent blue art and sculptural mid-century modern furniture. A pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a , the custom sofas are covered in , and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from .
In a Monte Carlo apartment decorated by Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, the living room balances sophistication and restraint with mid-century velvet chairs, pale blue walls, and brass-and-alabaster pendants.
In a home belonging to designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white living room showcases 1950s armchairs by Joseph-André Motte, upholstered in a fabric. The 1960s cocktail table is by Tommi Parzinger.
The living room of fashion designer Erin Beatty and filmmaker Lex Sidon’s West Village duplex, which was designed by and Michael Woodcock of , features a leather sofa by , a love seat by , and chairs from ; the marble cocktail table is a custom design, the stool by is from , the floor lamp is by , the rug is by , and the paintings are by , left, and .
In a cabin on Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres' Santa Monica Mountain ranch, the living room features a 1960 Illum Wikkelso sofa and a 1965 Ib Kofod-Larsen armchair; the 18th-century postal desk is Swedish and the floor lamp is by Alison Berger.
An artist enlisted the help of a London architecture firm to help transform a dilapidated farm building. In the newly restored living area, you will find Gia Ponti chairs with a view of the River Stour.
Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth's apartment in Manhattan has a living room with a 1940s club chair by and a 1970s circular banquette upholstered in shearling and leather by . The artwork is by .
In the living room of a house in Sag Harbor, New York, which was decorated by architect David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor, the custom sofa is covered in a Nobilis linen, the lounge chairs are by BassamFellows, and the cocktail table is by Soraya Ltd.
The ceiling’s wood-veneer wall covering is by Maya Romano, the lamp is by Isamu Noguchi, and the abaca rug is from Mark Nelson Designs.
In the living room of fashion designer Andrew Gn's Paris apartment, 1950s wing chairs by Melchiorre Bega, upholstered in a Lelievre fabric, face armchairs by Emiel Veranneman and a cocktail table by Fredrik Schriever-Abeln, both from the 1960s.
The custom-made floor lamps are by Didier Bazille, a painting by Philippe Garouste de Clauzade hangs above an Art Nouveau wood mantelpiece, the stools are late-19th-century and the kilim is Turkish.
In this master suite, the sofa is upholstered in an Osborne & Little fabric, the 1950s armchairs are by Gianfranco Frattini, the resin-top cocktail table is by Jean Brand, and the 1960s daybed is by Geneviève Martineau-Dausset. The photographs are by Rineke Dijkstra, the painting is by Friedrich Kunath, and the carpet is by Beauvais.
In the living area of art collector Benoist Drut's home in upstate New York, a photograph by Nadav Kander hangs above a 1940s American daybed, the armchair at left is by Ayala Serfaty, and the cocktail table is by Karl Springer.
A circa-1934 lacquered table by Jules Leleu holds candlesticks by Hervé Van der Straeten and a lamp by Achille Salvagni, the shelving unit is by Guy Roisse, the poles were originally designed for cultivating mussels, and the rug is Moroccan.
This living room holds mid-century Brazilian rosewood chairs, stools purchased at auction, armchairs found on eBay, and a sofa by Classic Sofa upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric.
The side tables are from Prime Gallery in Palm Springs, California, paintings by José Parlà flank a South African wall hanging made from cowrie-shell-embellished aprons, and the rug is Moroccan.
A family room's sofa and ottoman are by Ligne Roset, the is by Knoll, and the chairs are by Hans Wegner. The Arco lamp is by Flos, the pillows and rug are custom designs, and the tapestry was created from a traditional Bhutanese man's robe.
In the living room of Evan and Ku-Ling Yurman's TriBeCa apartment, which was renovated by Richard Moschella and Steven Roberts of Moschella + Roberts, the mid-century furnishings include a pair of Nanna Ditzel chairs, a Hans Wegner armchair, and a cocktail table by Hendrik van Keppel and Taylor Green, purchased at auction.
The sofa by Wyeth is covered in a Rogers & Goffigon cashmere, and 19th-century bronze ram heads stand on a speaker designed by Evan. The bench is 20th-century African, the curtains are of a Kravet linen, and the Iranian rug is from Double Knot.
The living room of television producer Ellen Rakieten's Los Angeles apartment was designed by Anne Coyle. A Louis XV-style desk by Baker is paired with a side chair by Jonathan Adler.
Mid-century lounge chairs by Borge Mogensen flank a Franco Albini cane ottoman in the cabana of this Nate Berkus-decorated Florida home; the floor lamp is from , the chaise is vintage, the folding-glass wall is by , and the 1955 concrete chair is by Willy Guhl.
In the living area of Brian Atwood’s apartment, which was renovated by architect Matteo Bermani and decorated by Nate Berkus, a vintage Arredoluce Triennale floor lamp illuminates a sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia. The 1970s cocktail table is from 1st Dibs, and the vintage hand chair was found at a Manhattan antiques shop.
The mirrored side table in the living area of this Sierra Nevada Mountains home is by Notre Monde, and the fireplace surround is stacked flagstone.
The living room of the São Paulo house of architect Marcos Acayaba and his wife, Marlene, which Acayaba designed in 1975; the built-in concrete banquette is fitted with velvet cushions, the rug is Chinese, and the floor is lined with concrete tiles colored with iron oxide.
In the living area of Nichols and Murrough's Los Angles house, the Jens Risom lounge chair and Florence Knoll slate-and-steel cocktail table are both vintage, and the sofa is Swedish; the wall sculpture is by Jason Meadows, and a rug bought at a Marrakesh souk tops a Persian runner found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
Louie, a French bulldog, in front of a custom cocktail table by Joseph Jeup; the fireplace wall is original in this Palm Springs home.
In this living room, vintage Barcelona chairs, back-to-back sofas by William Haines, an Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni, and a floor lamp by Dragonette; the wall is sheathed in Venetian plaster, the ceiling is cedar, and the floors are poured-in-place terrazzo.
In the living area of fashion designer Carlos Miele's Brazil home, an antique sofa made of eucalyptus and a brass daybed upholstered in suede are grouped with a cocktail table of native pequi wood, a patchwork-leather ottoman, a woven-leather chair, and a hand-made wool rug.
In the living room of Jeffrey Kalinsky’s West Village townhouse, which was designed by DD Allen of Pierce Allen, the leather sofas are by Annabelle Selldorf and the 1959 Helge Vestergaard Jensen chairs from Wyeth are upholstered in a Missoni fabric.
The cabinetry is custom, the circa-1970 lamp is by Stilnovo, and the rug is cashmere.
In the living room of Glenn Hinderstein’s Hollywood Hills home, a 1960s ranch house and architect Diana Lands, the custom-made sofa is upholstered in a Loro Piana linen, the armchairs, cocktail table, and lamp are vintage, and the painting is by Marco Lorenzetto.