Mid century modern doesn’t have to look like Don Draper’s office on dark and stormy night in NYC. Sure the dark wood lines are stunning but light wood and texture is also a big part of this aesthetic. Midcentury is all the rage these days and I partnered with AllModern to conceptualize a look that focuses on the mid century appeal but with a modern, live-able, kid friendly and happy aesthetic that will make you feel like you stepped into the sunshine.
First, I chose the artwork. As an artist I often think a big statement piece that you won’t get sick of looking at will anchor the room. It will also make you room not feel like some kind of model home where everything just looks to perfect. Its a way to really start building our your own unique style. I then choose colors inspired from the artwork for the rest of the room. They don’t have to match it exactly- but compliment it. This piece of art with a variety of colors and a pattern that is not dizzying makes it easy to build the look of the room around.
I naturally love navy, mustard and natural wood together so I chose navy mid century chairs, a bold area rug, and a couple of different colors of wood for the console, coffee table and mid century kid toy organizer. When all of your wood is the same it can feel kind of 90’s in my opinion. Mixing wood is another way to make your space feel more elegant and lived in.
I chose a nuetral sofa in leather because leather is actually forgiving if you have kids. The flaws actually make it look better. Greenery is a must for making a room come alive and big round mirror will make your space feel bigger.
A big goal of this blog is to create kid-friendly liveable spaces and this mid century vibe really captures the bold, approachable, yet refined if you want, aesthetic that can get you there.