It’s the late 1950’s, and you’re invited to a dinner party at a friend’s house. As you walk through the front door and make your way to the dining room, you glance briefly into the living room and… What does the sofa look like?

If it’s true to the era, the sofa is probably a vibrantly colored fabric – orange, chartreuse, maybe teal – and lifted off the ground on tapered, walnut wood legs. It’s most likely paired with a streamlined, hairpin-leg coffee table, and a brass sunburst mirror on the wall above. In the corner of the room, you might even find an original Eames Lounge Chair next to a wall of floor-to-ceiling picture windows.

Rooted in the German Bauhaus movement, midcentury modern design has a minimalistic and retro feel, with the added interest of brilliant colors and rich wood tones. Still highly popular today, this style hasn’t changed much in the last 60 years, and with good reason. Why mess with an already beautiful thing?

Take a look below for some Midcentury Modern inspiration:


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Be sure to check out this post to learn about some other design styles!