7 Irresistibly Stylish Midcentury Modern Living Room Pieces

7 Irresistibly Stylish Midcentury Modern Living Room Pieces

Uncluttered, modest, and highly useful, mid century modern furniture design refuses to step out of the limelight. Interior designers have embraced its aesthetic appeal and designed personal spaces around it. Chances are high that you’ve spotted midcentury modern elements in homes as well as commercial spaces without realizing it. However, few areas have taken to it as greedily as living rooms and consequently, more and more living room furniture items are being made in this style.

If you are planning to decorate your living room in the timeless beauty of midcentury modern design, here are 7 furniture pieces that bring the look together:

1. Midcentury modern sofas

Nash sofa designed by John Mascheroni

If you love the simple silhouette and top stitches, a mid century modern furniture item such as a sofa is just the thing for you. It offers wholesome comfort and comes in stunning designs. This is a no-fuss sofa that is just right for formal mornings as well as laid-back evenings. Choose from leather or fabric and customize colors for cushions and covers. These sofas usually have thick support padding and may even be tufted to bring in a quiet charm. Sturdy frames are accompanied by warranties so you can continue to enjoy its benefits for long.

One of the best things about these sofas is they blend well with both contemporary as well as vintage living rooms. So you can add this mid century modern furniture item seamlessly into your existing setup.

2. Sectionals


Next in line are sectionals. Following the design principles, they are neat and sleek and often carry traditional markers of elegance. The finest specimens bear handcrafted elements and tend to stand out. Often, they are manufactured by family-owned businesses and this lends to these sectionals a little more care. And more prestige. They provide ample seating for 4 to 5 people. Low and wide, sectionals add a fashionable feel to the living room.

Look for high quality foam and close stitching. These along with webbings and vertical stitches on some models make the sectionals as long-lasting as they are gorgeous. Geometric shapes and lines converge to please the eyes and clever contouring multiply back support. These sectionals are nothing if not relaxing. Expect to find stand-alone pieces that can be placed just as needed when you are hosting big, happy parties or need some alone time.

3. Benches and Ottomans

Sansa bench

Midcentury modern ottomans are sleek. They are usually bereft of arms or back. When you bring home an ottoman in your condo, you make it look more spacious.

As such, they are a perfect fit for small living rooms. Look for sturdy frames and a long-term warranty.

Ottomans and benches come with soft padding and cushioned surfaces. Throw on pillows and it turns into a day bed. Add some plants around it and you have a serene corner in your living room.

Easy to move around, this lightweight piece of furniture is available in different sizes. Wood, stone, leather, and metal finishes are often imparted to the frame or cover.  So you can pick one that not only matches your home decor but also your personality.

4. Accent chairs

Midcentury modern Aaron accent chair

Among mid century modern furniture pieces, accent chairs enjoy the most diversity.

Whether it’s its shape, contours, frame, or upholstery material, it can quickly become the center of attraction in your home.

You can choose from wing chairs to deep seats and metal hand rests and swivel bases. If you like metal frames, there are many finishes to choose from like brass, gold, antique silver, and aluminum.

You can customize the chair and cushion cover in terms of material – leather, suede, or fabric- and your choice of colors.

Often, accent chairs that are midcentury modern look best in muted shades and prints with minimal trimmings. Top stitches are more common and ivory, blue, wine, and earthy tones are favorites. The width varies from about 30 to 40 inches.

5. Accent Tables

Stacked wooden Tide cocktail table

Living rooms are incomplete without accent tables. Set it against the wall and top it with a quirky vase to bring out its understated glamour. Accent tables feature metal legs and glass, stone, or acrylic tops.

They may have pedestal bases to go with pedestal tops and give off a shiny metallic glow. Those with a brushed gold finish lend a steady shimmer. Nickel or aluminum plating is also common.

You can position accent chairs by their shapes. For instance, a square-ended table would look great at a corner while those with softer angles can be placed almost anywhere.

If you are concerned about storage, there are mid century modern accent chairs with built-in shelves. They can easily hold your magazines, mugs, souvenirs and then some more.

Most of them are around 30 inches high and fit in well with other furniture.

6. TV Stands

code toasted walnut media cabinet

Glossy or demure, TV stands are one of those mid century modern furniture items that play multiple roles. They hold your TV and its accessories. They also have ample space on top to display your collectibles.

And if you love to hoard, why, there are shelves and drawers inside just for this purpose.

With smooth polishes and unbroken lines, they are pleasing to the eye. They’re surprisingly spacious, with two to four door versions and adjustable racks.

They come in several materials and finishes. From glass to metal to wood, they are your perfect media cabinets and need not be limited to the living room.

If you are looking for unique pieces, there are handcrafted ones that are one-a-kind. Premium models start at premium prices and a well-made TV stand is usually over $1000.

7. Coffee table

Hesb coffee table

Square, round or whimsical, mid century modern coffee tables find their pride of place at the center of the living room.

Some come with smooth marble tops while others dazzle in glass. Subdued metal finishes in nickel, gold, brass, and natural textures are found in the most popular models. Handcrafting details and polishes often give them a naturally distressed look.

Simple, neat designs are the hallmarks of mid century modern design philosophy.

NIU Urban Living offers spectacular dining, living, and bedroom furniture, as well as a wide range of accessories that are sure to suit your personal style and needs.

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