What is Midcentury Modern?

You may have heard the term "Midcentury Modern" if you follow any design or decorating blogs. Midcentury Modern refers to a style that was popular from 1947 - 1957. The term was invented by Cara Greenburg from the title of her book Midcentury Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House, 1984). 

MidCentury Modern refers to a specific style of furniture so don't go assuming all furniture made in the 50s counts! Here are some distinct features that make Midcentury the popular style it is today! 


Midcentury Modern style has a ton of texture! Think shag carpets, velvet fabrics, smooth woods. The key here is to use smooth, soft textures. 

Exotic Woods

Teak wood was extremely popular in the 50s, but so were woods like bamboo and rosewood. These were never painted so as to show the grain of these beautiful woods. 

Clean Edges

Clean lines, and smooth curves create an effect that draws your eyes along the furniture. Thin legs create a light airy feel and slim furniture is in! 

Midcentury modern furniture colour


Bold colours just scream Midcentury Modern. Blues, greens, and greys are in right now and go great with a Midcentury Modern style! 

You can find some great Midcentury Modern styles on our webpage! Are we missing any key features of the Midcentury Modern style? Let us know!