7 Midcentury Modern Living Rooms We Found on Instagram (and How to Shop Them)

Updated 03/26/19
Sarah Sherman Samuel—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Tessa Neustadt DESIGN: Sarah Sherman Samuel

If you have yet to watch the celebrated series Mad Men, then don't get upset that we're about to make a not-so-significant spoiler. At one point in the show, the lead character Don Draper moves into a stylish Manhattan apartment complete with a perfect midcentury modern living room. Clearly, such an interior design choice makes sense—the drama takes place over the course of the 1960s. If you love that look, and you don't have time to binge-watch Mad Men, then here's another place to gain inspiration: Instagram.

For the last few years, midcentury design has seen a resurgence in living rooms, whether that's found in the clean lines of straight-back sofas with tapered legs, or spotted in sleek lighting with rounded shades. Its minimalist finish appeals to our current desire to pair down, and its relatively subtle palette complements our ready phrase to inject interiors with "a pop of color." So it's no surprise that midcentury modern living rooms are often showcased on Instagram: Scroll through design categories and you're bound to see them, too.

We collected our seven favorite midcentury modern living rooms on Instagram—and yes, some were found while watching Mad Men—so that you can take some design cues from their stunning composition. We've also found like-minded pieces from the photos that you can shop, too, which make emulating this timeless design that much easier. Because if there's one thing better than appreciating this aesthetic, it's actually living in it.

Located in the midcentury mecca of Palm Springs, California and built by one of the design trends most famous developers, Joseph Eichler, this living room embodies the timelessness of this look. The two-tone beams match the clean lines of the custom fireplace, which add a simple layer of texture to the room. 

Article Timber Charme Tan Midcentury Modern Sofa—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Article Timber Charme Tan Midcentury Modern Sofa $1800
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Schoolhouse Electric Luna Pendant Cord with 10-Inch Shade—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Schoolhouse Electric Luna Pendant Cord with 10-Inch Shade $240
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Smooth finishes and clever twists on shapes are all part of a midcentury modern aesthetic, and this living room embraces those qualities with vibrant color. We especially like that covetable gallery wall, although it can be easily recreated with your own works of art. 

Anthropologie Spenser Stacking Chair—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Anthropologie Spenser Stacking Chair $130
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Anthropologie Woven Tacha Rug—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Anthropologie Woven Tacha Rug $1000
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This midcentury living room, which was designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Mandy Moore, has all the makings of a traditional iteration but with with the must-have modern touches of natural light and crisp white walls. 

West Elm Carlo Midcentury Chair—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
West Elm Carlo Midcentury Chair $750
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Teamson Versanora Arquer Arc Floor Lamp—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Teamson Versanora Arquer Arc Floor Lamp $75
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An Eames chair is synonymous with midcentury modern living rooms, and this one complements its classic black shade by surrounding it with equally moody building materials. 

Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman $5300
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Danish Design Store HAY Slit Table Round—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Danish Design Store HAY Slit Table Round $300
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Here's a more contemporary take on a midcentury modern living room, courtesy of stylist Brooke Testoni. The sleek finishes, round edges, and metal accents fall into the 20th century category, while the black-and-white color palette represent today's tastes. 

Article Sitka Quartz Modern Contemporary Sofa—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Article Sitka Quartz Modern Contemporary Sofa $1500
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CB2 23-Inch X-Base Pillow—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
CB2 23-Inch X-Base Pillow $50
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Even if you don't want to go full-fledged midcentury modern in your living room, interior designer Emily Henderson makes the case for accents that fall under this aesthetic. Most of the accessories—like the coffee table, side table, and console—all fit within a midcentury modern look, which adds character and texture to the eclectic space. 

Langley Street Divis Midcentury Sideboard
Langley Street Divis Midcentury Sideboard $1600 $1200
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Schoolhouse Electric Landau Lamp—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
Schoolhouse Electric Landau Lamp $370
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The architecture firm behind this midcentury remodel in Seattle stuck to what this design cherishes: wood accents and storage. By enveloping the seating area with shelving, there's enough room for every throwback record the owner could want.

CB2 Stax Walnut Bookcase—Midcentury Modern Living Rooms
CB2 Stax Walnut Bookcase $400
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CB2 Camden Ivory Ceramic Vase
CB2 Camden Ivory Ceramic Vase $30
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