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How to Add Midcentury Modern Style to Your Living Room

Midcentury modern style is a growing trend, but most people don't want a living room that looks like a time capsule. Here's how to get a retro-inspired look in your space without going overboard.

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Photo: Regan Baker Design Inc. . From: Regan Baker.

Aim for Iconic

Infuse your living room with midcentury flair by incorporating iconic furniture like the Eames lounge chair and ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames. The distinct, sculptural armchair is synonymous with midcentury modern design and adds effortless style to everyday lounging. If a genuine Eames lounge chair is out of your budget, try browsing thrift shops and online marketplaces for the real thing.

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Photo: Jessica Delaney Photography

Add a Credenza

The neutral palette of this midcentury modern living room keeps the atmosphere relaxing. A mix of subtle patterns and textures — the patterned, pink armchairs and artwork — give it visual interest. A natural wood credenza adds midcentury flair that is eye-catching and creates a cohesive design.

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Photo: George Ross. From: D2 Interieurs.

Try a Taste of Avocado

Take notes from the designers at D2 Interieurs and add an understated midcentury modern touch to your den with avocado green textiles. This inspiring design features an expansive fireplace wall with floor-to-ceiling stonework. Across from the fireplace, a pair of twin armchairs upholstered in matching avocado green fabric shine against the otherwise monochromatic backdrop and dial-up the distinct midcentury style in the design.

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Photo: Sarah Stacey. From: Sarah Stacey Interior Design.

Warm Up to Wood

Don’t hide from wooden details, but let them shine instead. This midcentury-inspired living room, by Sarah Stacey Interior Design, provides ample inspiration with a striking, floor-to-ceiling statement wall clad with honey toned wood paneling. The warm feature wall creates a hominess and draws attention to the angled ceilings, synonymous with midcentury style.

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