Look We're Loving: Midcentury Polish
While we love a design influenced by midcentury lines, materials, and textures, sometimes too much of a good thing can be… too much. Lately, we’ve been gravitating toward spaces that balance these modern elements with more luxurious, traditional pieces to create an elegant look that feels fresh, polished, and inspired.
Keep scrolling to see 12 chic, midcentury-meets-traditional rooms, plus shop our picks for getting the look at home.
Fresh textures and a mix of metallic finishes add feminine flair to Claire Thomas’s Los Angeles dining room. White upholstered seats and fresh walls balance the dark tones of her midcentury-inspired furniture.
In this Spanish space, feminine accents, like crystal chandeliers and an antique marble mantle, soften the angular lines of the home’s lounge chairs and coffee table. Polished brass pieces and plenty of mirrored surfaces add to the design’s glam vibe.
Traditional columns and a herringbone wood floor balance this room’s streamlined sofa and modern light fixtures. The open space feels at once modern and edgy, while also classic and luxe.
In an apartment with traditional bones, modern pieces bring some masculine appeal to a soft, feminine space. A mix of textures in this narrow French kitchen keeps things interesting despite the limited color story.
A brass finish on this tulip table is a glamorous detail in this eclectic space. Sheepskin throws on the wood dining chairs soften their lines to create a more inviting environment.
Seating with midcentury lines adds the perfect dose of modern perspective in this lofty living room. Fabrics in a variety of sophisticated textures add interest and depth to the space.
A neutral color palette and undressed windows lay a solid foundation in this living room where collected pieces with midcentury influences look fresh, not theme-y.
A sputnik chandelier and angular wood chair and table in this master bathroom add a modern element to the otherwise traditional space. Bright white paint amplifies the room’s natural light, while brass details offer a sophisticated touch.
In this bedroom, bleached woods and soothing colors soften the masculine feel of the angular lamp and classic wishbone chair. The art print’s wood frame coordinates with the chair for a cohesive feel.
Modern elements in this traditional home designed by Nickey Kehoe feel cohesive thanks to this space’s restrained color palette of saturated neutrals. Brass details in the lighting and furniture feel fresh and inspired.
Inset antique mirrored panels reflect the vintage accent lighting in this sophisticated space. A consistent putty color story unites the various styles to create a unified space.
Brass hairpin legs beautifully contrast with a marble top in this serene bedroom. A linen slipcovered bed is a classic foil to the room’s harsher, industrial-influenced elements.