A mid-century modern dining room is a place to gather with family and friends. It’s a space style that’s perfectly suited for hosting guests and also has loads of style. This is perfect for those who tend to be a bit nostalgic and like designing in a highly recognizable style. A mid-century dining room design blends comfort with modern lines, for a perfectly retro-inspired look. It’s definitely a bit more styled that some other design styles, but it remains approachable and comfortable. And we love that mid-century modern design can not just look great on its own, but can also be mixed with other design styles, like rustic or minimalist, for a more unique and personalized look. Mid-century design was a modernist movement that came about in the mid-1900s and has spent the last few decades as a highly popular interior design style. While there are still many original mid-century furniture designs on the market—like Eames molded plywood chair or a Nelson pretzel chair—buying an original is quite an investment. However, now a mainstream look, many furniture manufacturers make modern-day mid-century furniture at affordable prices. While a mid-century dining room layout tends to be fairly traditional—a table, chairs, and a credenza or bar cart—it’s the pieces themselves that give mid-century dining rooms their flair. A simple, sleek wooden dining table in a rectangular shape would be very mid-century. But you could also go with a round tulip-style dining table or even a glass-top table. We also love the idea of a non-traditional dining table shape, like an oval or surfboard-style table, or even something more angular and organic. Dining room chairs are where the personality really comes into play in mid-century dining room designs. For a more formal approach, you can go for upholstered chairs in a leather or tweed—ideally in an armless style with sloping angles or curved forms. But there are a number of other classic mid-century dining room ideas in the realm of chair designs—whether a more modern molded plastic style, a wishbone chair, a pretzel-style, or even a replica of an Eames molded plywood chair. Each chair provides a different vibe to your space. From there, a mid-century modern credenza offers extra storages for dishes and linens and helps drive home the design style. The addition of a bar cart or cabinet inspires those Mad Men vibes, which is perfect for a mid-century dining room design. Opt for sculptural lighting pendants, like an atomic burst light fixture. Round metal mirrors—or one with a geometric or starburst frame—support the mid-century vibes while also helping open up your space. If you’re looking for mid-century dining room design ideas, we have a library full of images and designs that are sure to inspire—whether you’re looking to design your own dining room or just want to tuck away ideas for the future. Start scrolling for some of our favorite mid-century dining room design inspiration!
Be the envy of dinner parties with this Jewel Tone Mid-Century Modern Dining Room! With plenty of seating, your guests will love to sit in the soft velvet dining chairs. The jewel tone area rug pops with the white dining table and the bold brass chandelier is sure to be the conversation piece!
Have fun styling your dining room sideboard with neutrals! Try Incorporating items such as a gold table lamp, various plants, and a textured decorative bowl. To create even more interest, hang a unique shaped mirror above the sideboard to reflect the amazing chandelier hanging above your dining table!
This neutral-toned Mid-Century Dining Room is anything but boring. The Iron Chandelier above the modern white dining table complements the metal on the tan leather chairs. While the traditional patterned area rug provides warmth and elegance to the space.
Mid-Century Modern design doesn't have to be done in all neutrals. Try incorporating color into key pieces like these blue dining chairs in this space. To create a big impact paint an accent wall in a fun bold color!
Make your sideboard stand out with jewel-tone accents! A gold lantern, plant, and purple table lamp amp up this neutral sideboard. The gold diamond patterned mirror is a piece of artwork itself, plus it reflects the unique chandelier hung over the dining table!
When one of our designers couldn't go on her summer vacation to Disney Land she took matters into her own hands. By creating this amazing (and spooky) dining room design inspired by the classic ride the Haunted Mansion she was able to get her summer vacation fix!
Make a statement with this Black and White Mid-Century Modern Dining Room! To achieve this look, paint an accent wall with a bold color. We used Black Satin by Benjamin Moore here. Add gold elements like the modern chandelier and sconces we placed in this dining room!
Choosing the right art both in design and scale is as important as choosing your furniture. This beautiful white art piece stands out in a subtle way against the rich navy walls and doesn't compete with the beautiful mid-century mod buffet. Pairing the artwork with two prints that have both navy and white tie the design together.
In this design, we brought in various elements such as glasses, ceramics, and cotton to give interests and depth to the space. They all have organic shapes which is one of the important parts of Mid-century style, so even though each item has a different pattern or material, they look cohesive together!
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