HGTV's Fixer Upper Tips: Midcentury Modern Bedroom
When we walked into this 1950s house, we gave its lack of style a name: Messy Midcentury Modern. More than messy, though, the bedroom was a blank slate. We filled it up with personality and gave it a retro look to match the rest of the house. Here are three tips to help you achieve this look in your bedroom!
It’s All About Balance. With the bed placed in the center of the wall, and keeping a modern design style in mind, it was important to create balance with the pieces on either side. Here, we used identical light fixtures and nightstands to create classical symmetry in this space.
Add Texture on the Walls. An exposed brick accent wall painted soft gray provides an unexpected textural element in this bedroom. On the opposite wall, a wooden number sign adds even more dimension and personalizes the space for this family of 7.
Look Up to Save Space. In a small bedroom, every inch of bedside table space matters. Try hanging pendant lighting rather than using classic lamps not only to create visual interest, but also to free up valuable space for books, flowers and other nighttime essentials.
From Bauhaus to Our House
Jill and Josh Barrett were in search of "something different" in a new home. They found it in this house built in the modern style in 1959. Homes that can genuinely lay claim to the term "modern" — in the strict architectural sense — are a rare find in Waco, Texas. This one presented Joanna with an opportunity to branch into some new creative directions.
Where's Don Draper?
Joanna drew on the home's distinctly mid-century design when selecting furnishings. The living room sofa, coffee table and chairs exhibit the sleek and simple geometry that typified furniture design in the late '50s and '60s.
Nature as Backdrop
In keeping with the principles of mid century style, the home's design is deliberately integrated with its natural surroundings. Chip and Joanna took full advantage creating this inviting outdoor seating space.
Dining Room, AFTER
Dining Room, AFTER
Living Room, AFTER
Breaking from her often preferred white, Joanna turns the tables in this case with all black cabinetry. The black helps delineate the space and provides marked contrast with the white marble countertops surrounding walls.
New windows and glass doors were added to this corner space adjacent to the kitchen. The floating bar top with bar stool seating is the perfect spot for morning coffee and savoring the view.