Mid Century Modern style refers to the popular Furniture, architecture, and graphic design styles from mid 20th Century America. Commonly mistaken for Contemporary, Modern furniture comes from the time period between the 1920's and the 1950's, and was America's response to the Bauhaus and International movements. In recent years, Mid Century Modern style has become largely popularized on various social media outlets such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Many companies have embraced this popular style and offer entire lines of Mid Century Modern furniture, accent pieces, and more- much like our own Jennifer Taylor Home! However, with so many products out there, it's difficult to discern which ones are the right ones for your home or which styles compliment your own. No need to worry, though! We've got this complete guide on 10 must haves for your Mid Century Modern home. In this guide, we show you the types of furniture recommended for your Mid Century Modern home and where you can find some of these beautifully unique pieces. So, are you ready to design your perfect Mid Century Modern Abode?
1. SUNBURST WALL DECOR
Sunburst wall mirrors add a classic feel to the room while also providing a practical touch. Although sunburst mirrors were traditionally made in a gold color, they are available today in a variety of silver, brass, gold, and wood, making it easy to match with any color scheme or Mid Century Modern style. You might also see the name starburst wall mirror whilst searching for the newest addition to your Mid Century Modern home. However, these two mirror types are actually the same mirror.
These mirrors work with both minimal and lavish room settings, never demanding too much or too little attention. Sunburst mirrors can also work on their own as an accent or be paired with other wall ornaments to create a perfectly unique setting. This North Framed Wall Mirror from Home Depot is both affordable and beautiful, making it a perfect addition to any Mid Century Modern living room. Place it above your couch, fireplace, or in your entryway to add a subtle elegance to your Mid Century Modern home.
2. A BRASS OR WOODEN FLOOR LAMP
The brass floor lamp typically takes the shape of a globe at the top with a thin arm and stand connecting to a round bottom. Usually located with the arm and globe resting over the sofa or side table, the brass floor lamp provides an elegant and modern ambiance to any Mid Century Modern home. The brass lamp is recommended for rooms with more earth tones such as brown, beige, black, gray, or ivory. This is because the brass floor lamp compliments earth tones without drawing too much attention to itself, allowing your furniture and other accents to take center stage.
Target’s Edris Metal Globe Floor Lamp provides the perfect touch of elegance to any classic Mid Century Modern home. Place this lamp next to any piece of furniture you wish to bring attention to.
Unlike the brass floor lamp, the tripod wood floor lamp demands attention. The three legs mimic the shape of a camera tripod, giving this lamp more of a creative and fun personality. This lamp works best in Farmhouse Style Mid Century Modern homes and goes perfectly with both bright and neutral colors. Because it demands more attention, this lamp can stand on its own without having to be placed next to a sofa or side table. Add this to your home along with a bright accent pillow and some colorful mason jars and you’ve got yourself a lively Mid Century Modern farmhouse.
3. A WOOL RUG
Feeling like your floor is too bare? Add a wool rug! Wool rugs are perfect for any type of Mid Century Modern home because they come in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and weaves. The best part about having a wool rug is that it lasts for a very long time. Wool is built upon cell by cell, making it a tougher and longer lasting material than any other type of rug. Because there are so many ways of making wool rugs, it is important to research before buying a wool rug, or you might end up with a very disappointing cheap rug. This West Elm heathered basket weave wool rug (made with steel wool) adds a sophisticated ambiance to more elegant and classic Mid Century Modern homes. For a more modern and lively Mid Century Modern home, add a colorful wool rug to brighten up the room and act as an accent to a solid colored sofa or chair.
4. FAUX FUR PILLOWS
No Mid Century Modern home is complete without the Faux Fur pillow! When looking for a new Faux Fur pillow it is important to note what color scheme and theme you’d like your Mid Century Modern home to follow. The classic white faux fur pillow works best in the more elegant and classic Mid Century Modern home, whilst a brown or gray faux fur pillow compliments the farmhouse styled Mid Century Modern home. Whichever style your Mid Century Modern home is, you can find either full Faux Fur pillows or get these Pottery Barn Ruched Faux Fur Pillow Covers and cover up any old (or new) pillow you’d like.
Whether you have a green thumb or not, these plant stands are perfect for your Mid Century Modern home. Greenery comes in all shapes and sizes, so depending on the size of your greenery, you might want to do different things with it. Larger plants work well as a solo accent piece. Add some life to your home by placing a larger plant in an open space or against and entryway wall. Smaller plants, however, are perfect for adding an accent to a side table or a bookshelf. If you decide to use real plants, make sure to water them regularly or build yourself a self-sustaining ecosystem (Tutorial Coming Soon). The real plants will freshen up the air in your home, whilst complimenting your farmhouse style Mid Century Modern Home. I myself am horrible with plants, so if you’re like me, head over to a Michael’s or a Hobby Lobby and find the plants that work best with your Mid Century Modern home. Faux plants come in a variety of materials and quality, so make sure you are buying the highest quality faux plant, or you might end up with some cheap plastic looking thing in your Livingroom or bedroom. For additional help on deciding which plant is best for your home, check out this Guide to Silk Plants by Chad Young on Quality Silk Plants Blog.
6. A CHANDELIER
Much like the sunburst wall mirror, the sunburst chandelier adds a classic feel to any room it is displayed in. This chandelier works by itself as both a beautiful accent piece and a conversation piece, not to mention it’s also a light fixture! Turn your home into a living gallery with this Gold Urchin Chandelier by Duttonbrown on Etsy. This chandelier works with both Farmhouse style and the classic/elegant style Mid Century Modern home (As seen in above image). Due to the variety of materials and styles of the sunburst chandelier the prices can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000 making it the perfect item for any budget!
The mobile chandelier is one my favorite Mid Century Modern pieces. It gives any Mid Century Modern home a more rustic feel. The mobile chandelier can be both minimal or extravagant and work well in any size home, as it is very flexible in size and number of bulbs. The best part about the mobile chandelier is the shadow effect. Deep lines and shadows mix together with beautiful lights to give the room a cozy cabin feel and work perfectly as mood lighting! So, whether you have a large open living room or a tiny dining room, the mobile chandelier will make you feel right at home. This West Elm Mobile Chandelier comes in a variety of colors and bulbs, making it easily customizable for any home. Choose between globe, candle, or straight sided bulbs to compliment the pieces in your home.
Galleries make the perfect addition to any kind of home (not just Mid Century Modern). Of course, what makes these galleries Mid Century Modern is both the frames and what is in the frames. The Anthropologie Pressed Glass frames are perfect for anyone without a lot of space. Place these on a side table or tv stand with some classic prints or colorful prints for a classic or lively accent to your home. The wall gallery frames from both Urban Outfitters and West Elm are perfect for anyone looking to customize their gallery. With an assorted number of frames in different sizes and colors, you can create any layout for your gallery!
If you don’t want to buy an assortment of the same styled frame, you could always go to a TJ Maxx or Marshalls and find what treasures have been left behind. The best part about wall galleries is that they don’t all need to be traditional frames. Here is an example of a gallery wall without any frames at all:
8. A BOOKCASE
The coaster bookcase is a perfect addition to any farmhouse styled Mid Century Modern home. It adds a rustic feel while maintaining a sense of modernity. Add your plants, some old textbooks, or a nice vase to decorate the shelves. This Houzz coaster bookcase, although not wooden, has a rustic paint scheme to it. Don’t let your eyes fool you because luckily this is not actual decaying wood! The best part about the coaster shelf is that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and range from about $70 to $1,000 so they work with every budget and home size. Place this in your tiny home to free up space or in a large home to act as an accent piece.
Balham Living’s Carter Collection is simply put, the definition of Mid Century Modern. With classic wood furnished pieces, this collection holds items such as tv stands, desks, large bookcases, and small bookcases. The best part about buying a Carter collection small bookcase, is that you can also buy the side table, tv stand, and more to have the perfectly themed Mid Century Modern home. However, if you already have the pieces you want and were just looking for a book shelf, this shelf works perfectly on its own, adding a classic ambiance to the room and complimenting any farmhouse styled Mid Century Modern home.
9. A NICE ACCENT CHAIR
Adding an accent chair to your home is the perfect way to spruce up your Mid Century Modern abode. Accent chairs can help bring a room together and work well in both small and large living spaces. You can use them to add a splash of color or bring a touch of elegance to a room depending on what type of fabric you’d prefer. Single-color accent chairs work well with modern and elegant styled homes and are complimented by colorful throws or faux fur pillows. Colorful accent chairs work well alone and in the farmhouse styled Mid Century Modern home, you can compliment these chairs with either a matching multi-colored pillow or multiple single-color pillows.
Our Sophia Accent chair is perfect for the more elegant styled Mid Century Modern home. Pair it with a Brown or Beige faux fur pillow and a brass floor lamp and you have yourself a complete Mid Century Modern setting!
10. A GLOBE
Your Mid Century Modern collection would not be complete without a globe! Globes are a classic way to accent your Livingroom or bedroom. Depending on the size of the globe, they can be placed on a bookcase, a nightstand, or stand alone on the ground. When placed on a bookcase, make sure to give your globe enough space so no other item takes attention away from it. For example, if you have plants on your shelf, make sure to have the plant (or plants) on a different shelf than your globe.
Most globes can be found in a variety of sizes and colors, so it is important to find the globe that matches your color scheme. This White Globe on Gold Stand from World Market is perfect for anyone looking to design an elegant or classic Mid Century Modern home with an earth tone or neutral color scheme. Bold colors clash too much with this classic design, so go with a silver or black globe to compliment bolder color schemes.