38 Absolutely gorgeous mid-century modern living room ideas


We have featured plenty of fabulous mid-century modern homes, so today we put together a collection dedicated to living room ideas. Mid-century modern living rooms are warm and cozy while being bright and airy at the same time. When it comes to styling your home in mid-century tradition, think crisp and clean white walls, color blocking and mid-century furnishings. Select typical mid-century furniture in rich wood tones, add some geometric fabrics, punches of color and a layering of textures. Don’t forget to add some mid-century modern light fixtures to complete your space. Have a look below for some fantastic inspiration!

If you want to keep the walls of your mid-century styled living room bright and airy, interior designer Christen Ales offers her go-to white paint colors. “My favorite go-to white is Sherwin Williams Pure White. It’s got just a little bit of warmth to it so it doesn’t read too stark. If you want a little warmer, go Sherwin Williams Alabaster. And for a true bright white, Sherwin Williams Extra White.”


1. The cozy chair in the corner is the Womb Chair, found on Design Within Reach. The hearth is finished with a very dark slate slab. The dimensional tile on the fireplace wall is from Heath Ceramics. (via Jennifer Weiss Architecture)

2. The sofa is from West Elm, while the area rug is from Dwell Studio. Wood framed chair with arms and the coffee table is from Five Elements on South Lamar- Austin, TX. The corner chair and ottoman is from Dot and Bo. (via Christen Ales Interior Design)

3. This New York apartment features some antique shop finds, such as the screen. The sofa was custom fabricated by the designer. The coffee table from a store called Donzella. The area rug is from Imports From Marrakesh. (via Sara Bengur Interiors)

4. The two gray armchairs are Palms II by Jeff Vioski, available at SUITE NY, while the other pair of chairs are the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chairs from Herman Miller. The coffee table is vintage. The planter is from Grounded, while the area rug is from West Elm. The white Dora Maar Vase: Jonathan Adler. (via Kimberley Bryan)

5. The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is from DWR. A similar sofa can be found on Room & Board. The floating hearth is concrete and is supported by a continuous steel angle bracket which is lag bolted into the studs and covered up by the brick. The recessed lighting is made by Contrast Lighting out of Canada. The stacked brick on the fireplace is a Norman brick, which is longer than standard brick—from Mutual Materials. The wall paint color is called Chrysanthemum from Sherwin-Williams. (via Risa Boyer Architecture)

6. The flooring is Dorado by Celestial Cork; wall paint is Waterby, Vista Paint. The sofa is a vintage gondola style, Adrian Pearsall on 1stDibs. The coffee table is a vintage Acclaim table in Walnut, made by Lane Furniture Company and spotted on Craigslist. The bar stools are 1960s Erik Buck for O.D. Mobler Denmark, 1stDibs. The ceiling lights are the George Nelson Bubble Light. (via Tara Bussema)

7. A split-level mid-century ranch home in Portland, Oregon features this cozy living room with vintage furnishings. See the rest of this home here: Split-level mid-century ranch home gets fabulous facelift. (via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design)

8. The wall paint color is White Dove OC-17 | Benjamin Moore. The wood flooring is clear ash. The ceiling beams are are blu-lam beams with a dark stain. The ceiling is fir ply structural decking, 5″ wide. The windows and sliders are mahogany. (via Hammer Architects)

9. The existing firebox was preserved, with the brick painted in Bright White-High Gloss by Mythic. Portland Willamette doors were installed with a realfyre gas burner, with Star Fyre glass and remote ignition. The floor is a white resin, while the paneling is original to this San Francisco home. (via Studio Schicketanz)

10. The two armchairs are the “WING” chair by Hans Wegner, DWR. The sofa is from Ligne Roset. The wood ceiling is a combination of hemlock (the existing ceiling areas) and VG Douglas Fir (for the new ceiling areas). All the wood for the ceilings is tongue-and-groove. The new Douglas Fir ceilings had a custom-formula Butternut stain applied. The windows are aluminum-clad fir windows from Eagle. The ridge beam is steel, painted in Dragon’s Breath 1547 | Benjamin Moore, all the other beams are fir. (via FINNE Architects)

11. A mid-century styled living room in Palm Springs features a Design Classic 855 Sectional Sofa by Milo Baughman—Thayer Coggin. The Malm Fireplace can be found on DWR. (via Christian May)

12. The chairs can be found at Room & Board, flanked by the Saarinen Side Table – Design Within Reach. See the rest of this home here: 1950s Ranch house renovation in Oregon offers delightful new layout. (via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design)

13. The chandelier in this living room is the Canto 25689-25690 Chandelier by Eurofase, Lumens. See the rest of this Lake Tahoe home tour here: Gorgeous dream home nested in the mountains of Tahoe, California. (via John Maniscalco Architecture)

14. This living room features a wall of built-in bookshelves, designer furnishings, marble coffee table and an ocean view. Furnishings includes the Barcelona Chair by Mies van de Rohe and the Barcelona Stool in Chrome. See the rest of this Southern California home here: Mid-century dream home in Corona del Mar features tranquil gardens. (via Laidlaw Schultz Architects)

15. Coursed cut lime-stone clads the walls and double-sided fireplace. The fireplace acts as a screen between the dining room and living room, offering intimate spaces in an open floor plan. Horizontal curved zinc panels make a sculptural chimney. Check out the rest of this home Aspen, Colorado home here: Stunning mid-century ranch renovation in Aspen. (via Rowland+Broughton)

16. This mid-century living room in Texas features stylish furnishings set around an exposed brick fireplace. The fireplace mantle extends to become a cabinet, anchoring the TV. The sofa is from G Romano. (via Stuart Sampley Architect)

17. The beams are painted Sherwin Williams Van Dyke Brown SW 7041. The color works great with the Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee painted walls. The coffee table is a vintage Monteverdi-Young piece with an acrylic top, which was refinished. The lamps are vintage, with the addition of custom oversized shades and walnut bases for height. The yellow screen was custom fabricated for this project. Brown leather club chair, found here. Sofa: Huntley Tufted Sofa from the Joel Dessaules Home Collection.  The Souk Wool Rug is from West Elm. (via Joel Dessaules Design)

18. The color blocking and natural light in this mid-century living room in Atlanta, Georgia is fantastic. Similar sectionals can be found on True Modern, Thrive Home Furnishings, and Room & Board. (via Renewal Design-Build)

19. The architects refinished the original redwood paneling to create a beautiful accent wall in the living room. The wall paint is Bright White-High Gloss by Mythic. The floors are a white resin. The sectional is Stricto Sensu by Ligne Roset. The floor lamp is the Ango Chrysalis Sky Floor Lamp. (via Studio Schicketanz)

20. Set on the central California coast, this living room is a modern reinterpretation of mid-century ranch style. The interior palette echoes the warm minimalism of the architecture and the hues of the natural surroundings. See the rest of this amazing home here: Modern ranch house merges indoor-outdoor living in Santa Lucia Preserve. (via JayJeffers)

21. This mid-century living room in Portland, Oregon is bright and airy thanks to high ceilings, large windows, and a skylight. The wall color is the designer’s own mix but is based on the color “popped corn” from Behr Paint. (via Vanillawood)

22. The ceiling of this mid-century Portland living room features original 1970’s cedar. The beams are painted in Miller Paint – 15801 White. The brick fireplace is also original to the home. The Aero Leather Ottomans and the blue Sabine Chairs are from Room & Board. The Tyne Round Coffee Table is from Room & Board. Grounding the space is the area rug from NW Rugs & Furniture. (via Garrison Hullinger Interior Design)

23. This mid-century gem is located in the town of Lincoln, Massachusetts. The walls and ceiling are painted in Full Moon 2119-70 | Benjamin Moore. The beams are rough-sawn fir. The stone on the fireplace is laid in what is called an “ashlar pattern”. The floors are white oak, plain sawn, 5” boards, with a cerused grey finish over the blue stain. The sectional is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Lighting: Tech Lighting K-Pivot Head in Satin Nickel (model no. 700KPIV05S) used with their Kable Lite system. (via Flavin Architects)

24. The area rug custom made for the living room. The wall is done in blue linen, while the trim color is Pratt & Lambert “Seed Pearl”. The painting is by Frank Stella. The cream chairs are vintage, while the ottomans are custom. (via Anthony Baratta)

25. The walls are vertical grain redwood, installed back in 1952. Reclaimed redwood was milled to match the existing for the remodel work. The ceiling is Douglas fir with a light gray semi-transparent stain. The flooring is solid oak, the width is 2 1/4″ wide. The rug is from Restoration Hardware. The Theatre Sofa is from DWR. The chairs are made with bent steel rods, upholstered with a Maharam fabric. The designer is Dorothy Shchindele.  (via Koch Architects)

26. The fireplace features a brick tile from Endicott called thin brick in color ‘dark ironspot’. The wicker chair is vintage. Check out the rest of this 1940s ranch house here: Playfully designed mid-century ranch house in Brentwood. (via Jamie Bush & Co.)

27. A Denver, Colorado home showcases this beautiful mid-century modern living room. Illuminating the space is a Eurofase Lighting 22801 Zazu 20 Light Pendant. The coffee table is a Midcentury Modern Arch Coffee Table, Black Ashwood, Ashwood/Walnut Stain—Kardiel. The gas firebox is from Dimplex North America Ltd. (via Design Wright Studios)

28. The skylight is double insulated with safety glass, measuring approx. 2’8” x 7’ down each slope. It is a one piece skylight, custom built. The uplights are the Surf light by Artemide. DuChateau Flooring: Vernal’ European Oak, Engineered, Hard Wax Oil Finish. Coffee tables: vintage lucite and brass from Coup d’Etat in San Francisco. Pillows: Missoni—Gracious Home. Neon Paintings: Arite Kannavos—Gilligan Grant Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Diamond Painting—San Francisco artist Angie Crabtree. The rug is the Marrakech design from Niba. (via Flegel’s Construction Co.)

29. A mid-century living room in Studio City, California is warm and cozy thanks to wood flooring and wood beam ceilings. Illuminating the space is the Lindsey Adelman Globe Branching Bubble Chandelier. The brown leather Moroccan Pouf is from West Elm. Similar wool rugs can be found on Anthropologie and West Elm. (via Oh beauty Interiors)

30. The stand out piece of furniture in this mid-century living room is the Newark Fiber Glass Lounge Arm Chair in Red—AEON Furniture. Illuminating the space is the Moooi Raimond Suspension Light—Y Lighting. (via Above Construction)

31. The walls are painted in Designer White from Home Hardware. The owl pillow is from Bacci on Granville Street, Vancouver. The flooring is from Stonetile in Vancouver, Grey—Pepper from the Woodtalk line. The Annika Modern Wing Chair, Sky Blue is from Fullhouse in Vancouver. The sofas are from Brougham Interiors. The stone fireplace was quarried on the gulf islands. Full home tour: Mid-century modern beach house retreat on Pender Island. (via Johnson + McLeod Design Consultants)

32. A mid-century living room in Seattle is grounded by an area rug from Missoni Home. The pillows on the sofa were custom fabricated by the designer. The red oak flooring is original to the space. (via Pulp Design Studios)

33. The living room features NanaWall’s on both sides, custom wood shelving and Peace Industries felt rug. The sofa is the Soft Dream from Flexform. The painting is by Karen Smidth. See the rest of this home here: Stunning mid-century modern home renovation in Berkeley Hills. (via Yamamar Design)

34. The sofa and the flokati rug can be found on HD Buttercup. The Nuevo Living Star Coffee Table is from Modern Essentials. The painting is by the artist Richard Lytle. (via Daphne Nauleau Interior Design)

35. The sofa is the Split Rail Couch w/Arms from Modernica. The console behind the green chair is from Design Within Reach, while the cabinet behind the couch is vintage. The green chair is the Pierre Paulin Orange Slice chair. The globe is a vintage Replogle light. (via Lane Williams Architects)

36. The fireplace wall was framed out with a plaster/stucco finish (over an existing brick). The floor is engineered bamboo by Greentech. Behind the sofa are two Nelson Platform Benches benches put together, DWR. (via Allen Construction)

37. A mid-century flat features a  Marmoleum Click floor from Forbo. The chair was found in a vintage store in Seattle, a similar one can be found on IKEA. (via SHED Architecture & Design)

38. The sofa is from Thayer-Coggin. The artwork above the fireplace is from the Seattle Art Museum Rental Gallery (rent art by the month). The art to the right is from artist Betty Merken. Rug: Inform Interiors in Seattle, WA. The fireplace wall is a porcelain tile made by Pental called the Streamline Series. Pillow fabrics custom fabricated from S.Harris fabric. The orange chair is the Womb Chair and Ottoman—DWR. The walls are painted in Gray Mist 962 | Benjamin Moore. The flooring is bamboo. (via Deering Design Studio)


39. In this Melbourne, Australia home, a vintage Percival Lafer sofa anchors the living/dining area, which spills out onto the lush garden through large bifold doors. (via Architectural Digest)

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kimmy kervel
3 years ago

i got some help for my project thanks for sharing…

5 years ago

I’m always in awe when I see this style of design and decor. I’m so in love with it!
Its absolutely breathtaking and so elegant looking.

5 years ago

Absolutely love it all.❤

5 years ago

They all scream “Brady Bunch” to me.