The Relaxed-Modern Pieces That Are Perfect for Your Home

Think of relaxed modern as midcentury decor for anyone who loves staying in all weekend long.

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May 25, 2023

There are so many different buzzwords when it comes to home and interior design, it can be hard to keep track of them all. And while some have more lasting appeal than others, they all serve as potential inspiration when you're looking for a cohesive way to refresh your home. One of my personal favorite styles that's gaining popularity right now is "relaxed modern." Think of relaxed modern as midcentury with a comfortable twist — or, as I like to think of it, modern design for the couch potato. It's got the clean lines and neutral colors of that classic midcentury-modern look we've all grown to love, but there's an extra emphasis on comfort. That means softer couches, fluffier pillows and an all-around cozier feel to your living room. A relaxed modern aesthetic is perfect for anyone who loves being at home, so find some of the best style inspiration we rounded up below.


The wood accents on the sides and base of this couch are a perfect homage to midcentury-modern style, but the soft and comfortable pillows are sure to be the best part of this sturdy and durable couch. The pillows are reversible and filled with a mix of feathers and fiber for comfort and longevity.

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If you're looking for fewer wooden accents than the couch above, this soft white option is perfect for you. It's got low seating and deep cushions for modern style and extreme comfort.

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If leather is more your speed, this couch has the same modern look as the previous two couches — and the same deep cushions — but it's made of 100 percent top-grain leather instead of fabric.

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This comfortable swivel chair will make your dining table the center of your home — because nobody will want to get off these comfortable seats. The wooden base is classic midcentury modern, but the velvet cushions are the real star. It comes in shades of blues, yellows and more.

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$336.53 $259.32

This sunny yellow chair has a solid wood frame and the ability to swivel. It has clean lines and is upholstered beautifully, but it's also a chair you can really sink into.

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This cozy chair is perfect to curl up in with a good book — but it's the midcentury wood and brass accents that really make it a great example of relaxed modern. The soft tufted back and side pillows make this comfortable and chic.

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Again, if you're looking for leather over fabric, this midcentury-inspired chair has the same tufted back and wide, deep cushions but it's made out of cognac leather. The wooden base has unique angled, tapered legs, too.

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$364.99 $321.69

This comfortable accent bench would be great for the foot of the bed, and the soft, tufted cushions will make you (or your pets) want to sit and stay for a while, too.

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$999.99 $749.99

Chaise sectional couches are already more comfortable than regular couches. After all, nothing says 'relax' like a built-in ottoman to put your feet up on. It has a minimalist hardwood frame and base, and you can choose which end you want the chaise to sit when setting it up.

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$239.89 $218.89

This comfortable rocking chair has a sturdy wooden base and a padded seat cushion that is three inches tall. It comes in a number of different colorways, too.

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