All About Mid-Century Modern Style

Mid-century modern home design refers to the most popular home styles from about 1945-to 1969. During this time period, there was a strong push to switch to a new style of architecture and decoration to overhaul the traditional appearance of American buildings, symbolizing a new chapter for the country. The most common elements of this style are organic shapes, clean lines, minimalism, and geometric figures all presented in an uncluttered way. The color palette for this trend usually uses bright, bold accent colors against primary neutral tones. These striking features all combine to create a simple yet modern look that’s still very popular today.

If you’re looking to try the mid-century modern style in your home, you can start with these design elements:

Earthy Green

When you think about the 50s and 60s, you most likely picture lots of dark, earthy green. These colors look great with other mid-century modern palates like gold, burnt orange, and dark brown. Adding earthy greens to an accent wall, furniture, accent pieces, or even window treatments is a great way to bring some of that mid-century modern style to your home.


Mid-century modern style uses a lot of gold and other metallics to offset all the natural colors and to bring a hint of elegance and drama to the space. Try incorporating gold into your home in paint, furniture, décor items, and art. You could even go big and try gold window treatments, like window shutters or drapes.

Mixed Materials

This design style was all about breaking the mold and creating something new. Prior to the time period, interior design never mixed materials. But mid-century modern homes combine all kinds of materials from teak and metal to wood, glass, and more. The style also combines unique furniture elements like tapered table legs and low-profile chairs.

Bold Window Treatments

Traditional mid-century modern windows are big and commanding, necessitating big and commanding window treatments. When choosing the right window treatments for your mid-century modern home style, be sure to consider the size and shape of your windows as well as the colors in the rest of the room. For example, try window shutters in a metallic gold tone or an earthy green hue and finish them with large, flowing drapes that span from the floor to the ceiling. You can also try fabric roller shades or wooden roller shades to bring more materials and streamlined, modern elements into the space.

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When decorating your home in a mid-century modern style, it all comes down to balancing bold colors and geometric prints with natural, soothing elements. Find whatever balance works best for you and your home, and then have some fun!

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Chuck Wilton

Chuck Wilton

Veteran design consultant at The Shutter Source specializing in creating stunning window treatments. Offering personalized and professional service that exceeds expectations.

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