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Setting The Tone: Organic Modernism In Color

Last fall, we introduced you to our take on the Organic Modernism design trend. And, since it was one of our all-time most-loved home tours, we wanted to revisit this style—but this time in color! Our first home tour was all about the neutrals. And, while it created some beautiful and serene rooms, we wanted to give another take of this style for those who want some color in their interior. After all, color is one of the most powerful tools in your interior design toolkit!

modern interior designWhat is organic modern interior design?

But before we dive in, let’s do a quick refresher. Organic modernism is a combination of mid-century modern design alongside organic elements (hence the name). The organic bit shows up in both the forms and materials; this style has a heavy emphasis on bringing the natural world inside and uses soft and organic materials. With that, it’s an interior design style that emphasizes livability, as it organically integrates into your lifestyle.

Some of the key elements of this modern design style include a limited color palette, the use of natural textures, and lots of organic shapes—from geometric to curved and abstract forms. Furniture and decor are no-frills and have very little ornamentation. Organic modernism also takes a minimal approach to styling. In other words, embrace the negative space!

How do I use color in organic modern interior design?

Organic modernism really is a great style to play with color. For our organic modernism in color home tour, we’re playing with two takes on color—warm neutrals and cool blues. The strength of the style is that you can flex it up or down depending on what you like! And you can use color to make a style statement. Just think about it: a room’s color can completely change the vibe of a space. How different would a room feel if it had white walls vs. red? Or blue furniture vs. terracotta pieces? Color is the perfect way to set the tone you want for your space.

Ready to see how color can be applied to organic modern design? Keep reading to explore two different ways to get the look—in color—in rooms throughout your home.


The Entryway

This simple, uncluttered entryway interior design creates the perfect first impression for any organic modern home. The simple layout and clean lines make use of negative space while creating some serious visual impact.

The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: The terracotta wall sets the color tone of this design. Shades of earthy reds and clays are the perfect saturated, warm neutrals for an organic modern entryway. And a mix of natural materials—from the console to the decor items on the shelves—add to the warm, organic color scheme.

The Vibe: The combination of the wall color, the chair, and the console, create some serious desert southwest vibes in this entryway design. The result? A space that feels warm and inviting—the perfect vibe to set the tone as you welcome people into your home! There’s a casual air to this set-up, which creates a sense of effortless ease.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: The palette for this entryway is all about those cool, saturated blues. The blue wall really makes the mirror frame and chair pop. And the combination of light, natural wood against blues is always a good idea for creating a beautiful contrast in a modern style design.

The Vibe: The color palette gives this design a more curated, polished vibe. While it’s less relaxing and inviting than the warm neutral entryway, it has a more elevated vibe for those who want to add a little sophistication to their organic modern interior.

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The Living Room

This living room has all the soft lines and natural materials you would expect from organic modernism. We love the mix of shapes and forms in this modern space—from the clean-lined sofa and bar cabinet to the curved chair and overstuffed pouf. With these modern furniture pieces and their emphasis on geometry and forms, you’ll also notice a very casual approach to layout. This living room chooses comfort and livability over symmetry and formality. A mix of light wood tones and texture throughout help drive home this modern interior design style.

The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: This take on the living room design features earthy neutrals and warm tones. You might not think to make your sofa the singular pop of color in an organic modern home, but the combo of the sofa and the saturated wall color give this space a bold look that’s also not overly colorful.

The Vibe: The warm and saturated neutrals in this living room give it a very relaxed and serene vibe. It’s a design style that’s very grounded and mature. The warm undertones make this space feel very cozy—creating an inviting, comfortable space.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: This living room take is all about the saturated blues. You’ll notice we used a spectrum of blue tones layered throughout—from light sky blues to shades of dark navy.

The Vibe: This living room look is bold, yet—as blues tend to do—it still feels calm. In fact, the combination of the blues with the natural textures and wood tones in the modern furniture give a slight coastal vibe to this space. Between the two living room color schemes, this one definitely has the cooler vibe.

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modern interior designThe Dining Room

Organic modernism is all about varied textures and a mix of materials. So, in these dining room designs, we used a mix of wood, jute, metal, and ceramic textures in the various furniture and decor pieces. We also kept the design very minimal—just a table, chairs, a shelf, and a stunning pendant light—while leaning into the curved, organic forms that this modern interior design style loves.

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The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: This dining room design is all about the earthy neutrals with warm undertones. We warmed this space up with a coat of olive green paint, that almost has “dirty” undertones. But don’t be scared by a little dirt—this gives the green a dose of warmth that cozies up with modern interior. We combined the green walls with warm woods and natural materials, like this jute rug.

The Vibe: If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual dining room design, this is it. If you dig into color psychology, you’ll find that the color green is proven to have a calming psychological effect. And this dining room certainly delivers with its serene and calming vibes. It feels steeped in nature, with the wood tones and this particular shade of green giving an organic warmth to modern design. The black metal accents are also warmed up by this color palette and provide an interesting contrast to the earthier interior design elements.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: This dining room embodies the color palette you’d find outside on a foggy day at the beach, which we love. The white fireplace and light fixture pop against the varying shades of cool, saturated blues—leaving you with a cool, moody dining room.

The Vibe: As opposed to the warmth created by the green walls in the previous design, the mix of blues cools down this take on the space. The combination of the metal elements and blues together compound the cool, curated feel of this modern interior. The color palette definitely makes this design feel less cozy—but the tradeoff is that it’s a very stylish and more refined take on this design.

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The Bedroom

Geometric and curved forms set the tone in this organic modern bedroom—as seen in the clean lines and curves of the headboard and the soft, sloping arms of the chair. And a mix of materials—from wood and leather to velvet, wool, metal, and ceramics—keep this bedroom design feeling dynamic and textural despite its minimal modern style.

modern interior designThe Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: This modern bedroom takes on more of a fall color palette, with autumnal shades of warm earth tones. While we kept the palette of the furniture to oranges and browns, it would be easy to turn up the dial by introducing more autumnal hues, like brick reds and deep yellows.

The Vibe: The color palette of this bedroom inspires calm but still feels energized. It also creates a bit of a laid back 70s vibe, which makes for a warm and inviting space. And the pops of vibrant orange add a cheery vibe to the room.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: This bedroom offers a different take on a cool blue palette. Instead of a saturated blue wall, we went with a cool shade of grey but punctuated the space with pops of cool blues in the rug, pillows, and decor. This makes the warmth of the furniture and natural materials—like the wood dresser and leather bed frame—become the focal point of this interior design.

The Vibe: This bedroom interior has a more sophisticated and subtle approach. The blues and greys create a serene, modern design with some seriously calming vibes. This soothing color combo, along with the patterns and textures throughout the space, makes this bedroom feel very zen.

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The Home Office

In an organic modern home office, you can keep the design very simple. But just remember: simple doesn’t mean boring. In fact, this office is anything but, with its arched bookcase and the ultra-modern legs of that desk! These furniture elements add up to some unexpected geometry, which we love. This room is a perfect example of keeping your interior design minimal by using materials as ornamentation.

The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: Earthy green walls paired with a mossy velvet desk chair create a color palette of warm neutrals. The key to mixing two shades of green? Choosing shades that have the same warm, brown undertones. But the warmth isn’t just coming from the greens—it’s also found in the natural textures and materials throughout the space, as well as the pops of brass accenting the furniture.

The Vibe: The organic combination of greens and wood tones creates a soothing and cozy vibe—almost giving you the sense of being cocooned by nature! The result is an inviting and warm office that’s a perfect space to get in the zone.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: Choosing a blue with grey undertones adds a cooling effect to this chic home office. But pops of warmth from the wood elements and brass accents add contrast and keep this modern design from feeling cold.

The Vibe: No need to search for the perfect backdrop for your next video call when you have an office like this. With this sleek, polished office as a backdrop, you’ll be ready to tackle even the most daunting of meetings. And, while it’s certainly sophisticated, it still has a soothing atmosphere for days when things get stressful.

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Trend Spotlight: Tour This Home Designed With Cool Organic Modern Style

organic modernism decor trendYou heard it here first! Organic modernism is a new trend we’re forecasting for 2020. Actually, it’s already one of our new favorite styles. Here’s why: It combines all the best elements of the mid-century modern look that has been so popular for the past decade (aka Mad Men-inspired) with organic and earthy elements.

To break down organic modernism further, it’s a style that was born in the 1940s and ’50s. The word ‘organic’ referred to a design that was perfectly suited to someone’s lifestyle and how they lived.

Our interpretation of the style today uses many of the same iconic mid-century pieces and introduces a natural touch through organic materials, colors, shapes, and textures. The result is an approachable and warm yet minimal space that’s designed to suit your lifestyle and look great, too.

Here, we’ve dreamed up a home that’s designed with our take on the organic modernism trend. Tour the home below and get our inspiring tips for bringing the look into your own spaces.

organic modernism entrywayThe Entryway

The entry to our home establishes the aesthetic tone right from the start with furniture and accents that emphasize sculptural forms and simple materials.

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The Key Elements

Lean into curves. Choose pieces that have unique curvy silhouettes, whether it’s an oval mirror or a console or stool with smooth, rounded edges. This will play up an elegant earthy vibe.

Go for slender details. From the narrow legs of a modern armchair to the thin frame of a mirror, look for pieces that emphasize a streamlined look. You want to minimize the visual impact of your designs to allow the organic elements to shine.

Think industrial but softer. Consider this style a softer take on industrial. Opt for crisp fabrics, earthy woods, and smooth stone pieces that lend softness rather than strong visual impact.

organic modernism living roomThe Living Room

We love the clean-lined and sophisticated vibe of the organic modern trend. In the living room, this can mean combining curvy light-leather armchairs with a low sofa that has deep seating and a smooth, rounded coffee table.

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The Key Elements

Embrace earth tones. The organic modernism trend has a strong earth tone palette. Bring together neutrals and natural colors in a big way with warm woods, ceramics, stone, leather, and rattan.

Mix up modern. This style is less about the type of modern furniture and more about the shape, colors, and materials of those pieces. So don’t be afraid to combine mid-century designs with minimalist pieces and even contemporary furniture.

Opt for organic shapes. Just remember: No sharp angles in furniture. Keep to curved, asymmetrical, and rounded forms inspired by shapes found in the natural world.

organic modernismThe Reading Nook

Organic modernism is a look that leverages the modern and minimal elements of the mid-century style. Make sure you carry that through to every corner in the home.

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The Key Elements

Focus on natural pieces. If you’re bringing this look to a corner nook, start with furniture in gorgeous natural materials, be it a wool chair or a burl wood cabinet, and minimize your accents.

Get abstract. When it comes to art, this look is all about subtlety and simplicity. So lean into pieces that add visual impact through shapes. Sharp edges allowed here and only here!

Minimize styling. Of course, to really nail this look you’ll want to take a minimal approach to styling. Less is more and the pieces you do put on display should have a story worth telling.

organic modern dining roomThe Dining Room

We love how the introduction of softer edges and organic shapes helps lend a comfortable warmth to spaces. In the dining room, this can come down to balancing elegant shapes with bold natural textures.

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The Key Elements

White is your anchor. More than any space in the home, the dining room is where white can really provide a perfect foundation for the organic modernism style. Try a white dining table and hanging light as the centerpieces that you can mix other designs around.

Add impact with texture. In a clean-lined space, add one major piece that provides a warm, textural counterpoint. The woven cabinet here presents the perfect organic touch.

Bring in tons of plant life. If there’s one accent you never have too much of with this style, it’s greenery and plants, which will add both color and a bit of life to your neutral spaces. Go for greenery with big leafy branches, which is another way to bring a sculptural touch to rooms.

organic modern home officeThe Home Office

Just because there’s so much focus on materials and form doesn’t mean that the organic modernism look is anything but practical. The style can make for a quiet, productive, and deeply inspiring design approach in the home office.

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The Key Elements

Keep to smooth surfaces. In the workspace, organic modernism equates to furnishings that have super sleek surfaces and accents that have very little frill. That means paring down the wood grain textures in lieu of light woods and a rug that has a super subtle pattern, if at all.

Have a few substantial pieces. Unlike other rooms, you’re not mixing as much here. It’s about bringing in a design-driven desk and maybe a streamlined daybed. Keeping to big pieces in beautiful materials is the way to mastering this look in the home office.

Add distinct lighting. A good floor lamp with a bold design will go a long way here. An industrial-leaning light with an open base will add to the overall modern, sculptural vibe.

organic modernism bedroomThe Bedroom

So much of what makes organic modernism such a soothing and dreamy style is the combination of modern lines with soft organic materials. In the bedroom, it’s a surefire combination that adds up to a calm and zen personal haven.

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The Key Elements

Play up varied textures. Texture is what keeps this look from falling flat. So it’s key to layer different textures, such as an upholstered bed with a variety of pillows and a super-soft rug.

Balance hard and soft. Once you have your soft texture mix down, don’t be afraid to contrast it with some sleek surfaces, like a stone table and nightstands that have warm wood tones. It’s this juxtaposition that gives organic modernism an endlessly cozy appeal.

Mix subtle patterns. Just like how texture brings depth to the room, subtle patterns can add visual intrigue and provide a touch of extra warmth. It’s about delicate motifs that make for interesting focal points you might not notice right away!

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