A Closer Look at the Mid Century Inspired Dining Room


So, you’ve chosen a beautiful, Mid Century Living dining set! You fell in love with simple, clean lines, space-age inspired angles, and natural wood grain finishes, and rightly so! But now what? How do  you put together a dining room that combines a Mid Century look and contemporary livability without making your home look too dated, or losing the vintage integrity of the pieces? The wonderful thing about Mid Century furniture is its versatility and its overall transitional look. This allows you to mix in styles and modern trends without things clashing or feeling mix-matched. Depending on your home’s look, you can layer in industrial and urban elements, trendy hues, or minimalist accessories. It’s all in the details!


In the space pictured above, bright, complementary colors are used to bridge the gap between a design that’s completely vintage and a more modern life style. The hues are reminiscent of the solid colored plastic and ceramic accessories that were popular in the 50’s and 60’s, but sport an updated colored palette that isn’t tired or dull. A mixture of textures also helps to give this space dimension and a contemporary air.  The scroll-work rug softens the entire look, breaking away from the expected linear and geometric patterns that are typically Mid Century.  The pattern is relatively traditional, elegant, and intricate, which seems counter intuitive to the sleek and simple tastes of retro styles. However, the blue accent color ties in the dinnerware and wall art without overpowering the lovely natural walnut finished dining set and server. Other accent pieces, like the white chandelier and the gold sunflower mirror recall Mid Century trends, but each of these elements display a modern twist that’s not stuck in the past.


On the other hand, ditching the wood wall paneling comeback in favor of a completely light and bright minimalist style may suite your style better! In spaces like these, a light oak wood finished dining set was chosen over the richer and darker walnut wood finish. This creates a modern air that incorporates Scandinavian elements for a look that’s sophisticated and reserved, but not too stuffy. Feel free to mix grays, creams and whites for subtle visual interest and to break up the sterility of a room that’s all white. A touch of warm blue here and golden-beige there really polishes the look and completes the space. Replacing two of the side chairs with a dining bench adds a sense of casualness that’s comfortable and livable. It also adds to the dining chairs’ uniquely shaped backs that are light and angular for a style that has no extra frills,  giving the space an artistic or gallery inspired air.


If you want to add a little more contrast to a light and bright color palette that’s dominant color is white or cream, think about a deep blue or navy rug. It’ll act as an anchor to the room and warm up an otherwise cool and airy design. And thanks to the expansive yet delicate white geometric pattern, this rug won’t overwhelm the room. Accessory wise, the simple and elegant dual chandeliers are nothing short of graceful, and their style is reflected in an a honey-gold, eye-catching vase atop the server. The gallery-style abstract wall art brings all the visual elements together, incorporating beautifully the color scheme and tone of the design.

With a Mid Century look, you can create a style that’s uniquely yours, mixing in modern and vintage elements. You can easily blend retro vibes with contemporary livability for a dining room that’s casual enough for everyday living and can also be beautifully styled for holidays, gatherings, and occasions. Inspired to decorate your perfect dining space?

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