Pull your wooden credenzas and Eames molded chairs out of storage—mid-century living room decor is making a comeback. In the latest Google home trends report, searches for “1950s living room decor” have increased by 5,000% since this time period last year, as reported by PureWow. Perhaps the resurgence of retro décor’s popularity can be attributed to the sweeping obsession of 1950s-based shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. (Amazing costumes aside, the curved pastel furniture and graphic wallpapers in Midge’s mid-century apartment are nothing short of swoon-worthy.)
Bring a piece of nostalgia from childhood into your home with iconic mid-century styles that will make you want to plop in front of the black-and-white antennae television to catch reruns of I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone. Saturated colors and bold patterns are hallmarks of 1950s style, as well as low-slung furniture—upholstered in rich tweed or velvet fabrics—with tapered wooden legs. Atomic starburst-patterned wallpapers and geometric-printed draperies capped off living rooms by with their pops of fresh, intriguing flair. The clean, sleek lines of mid-century decorating styles were probably a response to the dizzying Art Deco trends of previous decades.
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Mid-century style has clearly landed a position in modern-day decorating, and we predict this iconic look isn’t going away anytime soon. Luckily, these furnishings are easy to find. We love online shops like Article for their wide offerings of classic mid-century modern sofas, chairs, and tables. Pick out a neutral gray tweed or caramel-colored leather sofa. Layer it with punchy throw pillows from Anthropologie. Find statement table lamps and light fixtures from AllModern. Even Target is hopping on board with a line of minimalistic furnishings (here’s where you can buy that timeless credenza—but on a budget).