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7 Unique Mid-Century Interiors to Help You Create Your Own

Written by Kelly Weimert on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 10:05am.

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With their airy, exhale-inducing feel and sleek, minimal silhouettes, it’s tough to rival the timeless style of mid-century interiors. But anyone who’s designed a space knows that loving an aesthetic and actually executing it are two very different things. 

In addition to choosing an overarching aesthetic, you also need to consider factors like your color, layout, and lifestyle preferences. A mid-century space full of black, white, and wood may be perfect for one person, while someone else prefers vibrant colors and textural layers for a more boho-mid-century feel. 

Fortunately, Instagram offers a ton of inspiration for every kind of mid-century enthusiast. Whether you’re looking to update your current look or you’re starting your design from scratch, the following Insta-spaces offer mid-century inspiration for every style sensibility. 


Clean and Contemporary-Meets-Mid-Century

This space perfectly blends contemporary and mid-century styles for a look that’s equal parts fresh and timeless. The clean white color palette lays a contemporary foundation, while mid-century accents, like the dining chairs and table lamps, elevate the look with a hint of nostalgia.

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Mid-Century Color

If you prefer a more colorful aesthetic, then take a page from this design’s book. The pared-back, airy design of mid-century furniture ensures that cheerful patterns and pops of color don’t lean too chaotic. And wooden details help to ground the design with welcoming warmth.

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Big Style in Small Spaces

The functional minimalism of mid-century style makes it perfect for small spaces. The breezy hairpin legs of this desk and stool keep the space from feeling too crowded, as wall shelves full of thoughtful decor provide plenty of personality without encroaching on precious square footage. 

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Compelling Contrasts

Adding contrasts is a no-fail way to add visual intrigue to a minimal design. This black kitchen contrasted with a white-and-wood dining room is all kinds of compelling, while circular silhouettes in both spaces help to tie them together with cohesive movement. 

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Mid-Century Boho

Another great example of the design magic that can be made when mixing aesthetics, this bedroom flawlessly combines the abundant textures and layers of a boho aesthetic with mid-century furniture and retro hues. 

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When In Doubt, Choose White and Wood

If you don’t fancy yourself as much of a designer and you’re just looking to keep things simple yet stylish, then you can't go wrong with a white-and-wood foundation. This timeless combination creates warm, light, and inviting spaces that are a cinch to tweak and update whenever the mood strikes. Bonus points if you punch it up with a statement-making pendant light like this one. 

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Fresh and Funky

On the other hand, if you love to play with different styles, patterns, and colors, then mid-century furniture provides a great foundation for it. This space uses a compelling mix of bold hues on functional, mid-century pieces that prevent the vibrant look from feeling overwhelming.

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Looking for more unique design ideas? Head over to our Tipbook, which is full of top trends for enhancing your space, no matter your style or budget.

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