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My Modsy Story: How I Found a Style to Complement My Modern Ranch Home

After moving from a traditional house into a home mid-century style ranch house, Samantha struggled to find a modern yet cozy style that worked for the new space. 

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Homeowner: Samantha March

Location: Des Moines, IA

Room: Living Room

Her Style: Rustic Warmth

Real Customer Story

The Backstory

I’m a literary blogger, make-up vlogger, and author, so I’m not without strengths. However, interior design is just not one of them. So when my husband, puppy, and I moved from our traditional style starter home into a modern ranch house, I knew I needed a little help with the decor. I just didn’t realize how much help I needed until some friends came over, and after seeing our new space with our old things, asked: “So, when are you going to do something with this room?” Ouch!

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The Design Dilemma

Because our new house is a Mid-Century-Modern ranch with an open concept, our more traditional furniture looked very out of place. We knew we wanted to stay in the new house longer than our starter home and wanted more “grown-up” modern feeling furniture that fit with space.

In addition to more modern furniture, I wanted the living area to feel cozy and find a way to distinguish it as its own space within the open floor plan. I just had no idea how to make it happen on my own.

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The Modsy Moment

I heard about modsy through my sister-in-law, who shared Modsy’s refer a friend program with me to try out the service. I’m so glad I took her advice.

From the moment I saw my designs, I knew I was in love with Modsy—I wish I could try every design they showed me and have a different living room look for each day of the week. But seeing the different design versions in my room virtually was the next best thing!

The Modsy design process was so great! It let me see what the final room would look like before I even purchased anything. The designer even showed me how to “zone” the living space by picking the perfect rug to make it feel cozier with our open floor plan.

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How Modsy Helped Samantha

Seeing what my space would look like before purchasing furniture made me feel confident that the furniture purchases I made were the right ones. We liked the process so much I purchased a second package for help on redesigning our primary bedroom!

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The Real Results

The room feels completely different. Before our Modsy design, my husband and I were never in our living room, and now we both love sitting in there, watching TV, or reading. Our dog loves the new space too—she’s a big fan of the rug, so she’s not on the cold floor, and the room is so much more inviting and open.


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8 Ways to Bring a Mid-Century Modern Look to Your Living Room

modern living room ideasThe Mid-Century Modern interior design style may have begun in the 1950s but this timeless look is more popular today than ever! Defined by simple forms, organic influences, and minimal ornamentation, the look is so versatile that it can blend in with a variety of different interior design styles. It’s the perfect choice if you’re merging tastes with a partner/roommate or if you want to showcase multiple styles in one design! And if you’re looking for modern living room ideas, this post will walk you through 8 rooms that show just how many ways you can bring a mid-century modern living room to life!

modern living room ideasThe Pure Mid-Century Modern Living Room

Up first is a room that showcases pure, undiluted Mid-Century Modern style at its best. Think of this style as the look popularized by shows like “Mad Men” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” It’s all about the classic, retro look.

The key mid-century elements in this space are the use of primary and secondary colors and the perfect blend of organic shapes and abstract patterns that really polish off that Mod, 1950s look. Also don’t miss all the tapered legs, which are another notable staple of iconic Mid-Century Modern style.

minimal modern living roomThe Minimal Mid-Century Living Room

If you like mid-century style but don’t want to go overboard with it, take a cue from this minimalist-inspired look. This living room mixes mid-century with minimal design elements for a space that feels crisp and clean.

The muted, neutral palette is minimal but the use of natural woods adds just the right amount of warmth to the space. Sculptural forms, like the light fixtures and coffee table, help keep the design clean and refined and there is no additional ornament on any of the furniture items. While mid-century styles love patterns, if you’re going for this look try only incorporating them into your decor. This will help preserve a minimal vibe in your modern living room design.

The Transitional Mid-Century Modern Living Room

For a more approachable take on modern living room ideas, try mixing mid-century with transitional design. The key elements of the Mid-Century Modern style are at the core of this look, but we mixed them in with more contemporary vibes for a fresh look where comfort is on par with style.

Need an example? Look to the gold/marble coffee table, wall art, lamps, patterned pillows, and sofa to see what we’re talking about. This style is a great choice if you like to dabble in trends but don’t want to go all-out with any mid-century modern living room ideas.

modern living room ideasThe Eclectic Mid-Century Modern Living Room

If you want to amp up the already bright personality of mid-century style, add in a little eclectic flair. This is a look that shows off your individual taste with a unique approach to art, layouts, and decor. You can see all the essential mid-century forms and design principles topped off with a twist. Think bold colors, pops of pattern, and tons of texture for a more vibrant and eclectic look.

The Industrial Modern Living Room

Elevate modern living room ideas with the edgy, raw elements of industrial design. This room, for example, features industrial materials, like metal, raw woods, and leather which give it a more rugged appeal. This is a perfect complement to the clean, modern sophistication of mid-century style and a great way to merge two seemingly distinct looks together.

modern living room ideasThe Bohemian Mid-Century Living Room

For those who want a fun, trendy modern living room design, try this bohemian approach. Sometimes called “modern rustic,” this look is a mix of eclectic, rustic, and mid-century styles all combined into one cohesive design.

Check out the bold colors, patterns, natural materials, and textures galore. All of these pieces combine to make the room feel cozy, approachable, and very on-trend.

This Chic Mid-Century Living Room

This modern living room idea offers a chic, upscale take on the mid-century aesthetic. Glamorous touches are woven throughout the room—from streamlined silhouettes to playful geometry on the pillows and art. The room has a super refined and serene feel thanks to the neutral decor. Don’t miss the pops of pink and blue which bring it to life in color.

The Organic Modern Living Room

This is one of our favorite modern living room ideas because it incorporates the natural, organic trend we’re loving so much right now. The look mixes up industrial elements with an eclectic arrangement of different styles and shapes. Create this bold look with a blend of organic and curved shapes and a neutral color scheme with lots of contrast. Earthy materials and textures are also a perfect complement to the mid-century shapes and design elements!


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Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

Modern Living Room Design Ideas – 5 Ways to Bring a Mid-Century Style to Life

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

The Mid-Century style has been in high demand over the past few years, and although rustic styles are on the rise, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

If you want to design a modern living room, but don’t want your home to look like everyone else’s, don’t fret. It’s not all tapered legs and Eames lounge chairs! There are so many ways to bring a mid-century style to life and still keep your space looking unique to you.

Need help designing your modern living room? Start a Modsy design project and see your exact room in one of our mid-century style collections, all through the magic of 3D!

To help get your creativity flowing, we’re taking a closer look at our favorite mid-century styles. In this post, we’re breaking down 5 ways to work a mid-century style and bring the modern living room of your dreams to life!

Mod Visionary

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

Always a crowd-pleaser, Mod Visionary is our most popular mid-century style – and it’s our most-popular look overall, too! And it’s easy to see why – Mod Visionary takes the trendy mid-century style we know so well, and makes it approachable, comfortable, and never out-of-date.

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Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

The Key Elements

To bring this modern living room look to life, let mid-century shapes mingle with modern finishes and fabrics. Imagine brassy and silver metals, velvets and linens, and natural woods in all hues together in one space.

Opt for a minimal approach to styling with the Mod Visionary look. This will keep your space trendy, but never on-trend (or out of style, in a few month’s time). Don’t be afraid to embrace a clean, pared-down vibe. This will help your core pieces shine and give your space the Marie Kondo stamp of approval.

It’s Perfect If You…

Dig a retro look almost as much as you crave a clean space. If you thrive in spaces that feel trendy, are easy to keep tidy, and are anything but uncomfortable, Mod Visionary might be the style for you!

Modern Rustic

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

A modern living room that’s also rustic? Sounds way too good to be true. But, spoiler alert, it’s not!

We love mixing styles, so why not play with two of the most popular ones in the same room? That’s right, a look that blends both mid-century and rustic design influences, Modern Rustic is a real thing!

Shop This Look: The Modern Rustic Living Room

Modern Living room Mid-Century StyleThe Key Elements

Expect rooms that unite all of your favorite things together in one beautiful design. Think retro shapes reimagined in rustic materials – like a mid-century style sofa upholstered in a vintage leather.

Look for pieces with Mid-Century influence that show off what they’re made of – literally. Pieces where the materials do the talking are your best bets for bringing this look to life! Look for unfinished woods, raw metals, natural fibers, and leathers and cowhides.

It’s Perfect If You…

Want a modern living room that feels a bit warmer and less “straight off the set of Mad Men.”

A slightly more masculine approach to the Mid-century style, this look is also a great way to find a decor compromise if you and your S.O. can’t agree on the same style.

Mod Enthusiast

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

But what if you actually do want a modern living room that looks like it could be “straight off the set of Mad Men (or Frasier)?” If that sentence got your attention, than you’ve come to the right place!

Meet Mod Enthusiast – a mid-century style that packs a classic punch. This look lets you bring the pure essence of Mid-Century Modern home in a livable way.

Shop This Look: The Mod Enthusiast Living Room

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

The Key Elements

In these rooms you’ll find iconic mid-century shapes styled alongside more contemporary pieces that embody the design elements of the era. Imagine your Eames lounge chair styled next to a contemporary side table and bookcase.

Look for organic shapes, natural materials, and a bright palette of earthy hues to bring this look to life!

It’s Perfect If You…

Never pass up a piece of furniture with tapered legs. That, and if your grandmother’s 50s era living room gives you a mega dose of nostalgia, the Mod Enthusiast look might be the mid-century style for you.

Mod Collector

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

The the thought of a predictably mid-century living room makes you snore, we’d love to introduce you to Mod Collector. An edgier take on a mid-century style, this look is a more masculine and eclectic approach to the modern trend.

Shop This Look: The Mod Collector Living Room

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

The Key Elements

Mid-century inspired pieces rendered in dark finishes mixed together with leather and hints of warm and metals make up this style. Steer clear of color, and opt for a refined, neutral palette instead.

But don’t confuse neutral with boring! What this mid-century style lacks in bright hues it makes up with a bold approach to texture. Look for accents in natural materials that add texture to your space – a chunky jute rug, leather with a patina, and unfinished woods will all do the trick!

It’s Perfect If You…

Are serious about design and the authentic curation of a home that highlights your unique identity and passions.

If your worst design fear is a room that’s boring and predictable (not that any of our designs would ever be such things), this mid-century style might be the look you’ve been searching for!

Atomic Industrial

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

For the final stop on our modern living room tour, let’s venture into a more austere side of the modern living room spectrum.

Meet Atomic Industrial, a look that combines mid-century roots with industrial design elements for an edgier take on the mid-century style.

Shop This Look: The Atomic Industrial Living Room

Modern Living room Mid-Century Style

The Key Elements

Mid-Century forms meet truly industrial furniture in this unique style. Look for darker finishes and textures and keep your styling extra minimal to really bring this look to life.

Comfortable and sturdy foundational pieces are your go-to’s. Look for sleek designs and avoid frills at all costs. Look for pieces that put their materiality on display and don’t hide what they are – iron, cement, and reclaimed wood are all great choices!

The color palette of choice for our Atomic Industrial style is heavily neutral. If you want to add a pop of color, try a bold paint color or some small accent pieces. Brass and gold metals are also a great way to warm up the look without changing the style.

It’s Perfect If You…

Feel at home in spaces with a darker palette, minimal styling, and industrial materials. If the “loft look” sounds like your style, this is the modern living room match for you.

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