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  • Amy Farell

Is Mid-Century Modern for today?

Updated: Jan 14, 2018

Yes, yes, and yes! Whether your style is a little more traditional, transitional, modern, or you're a die hard "MCMer", there are elements of mid-century modern that can work for you!

What I like: The warmth of wood.

The versatility of mixing a pop of color.

The clean and sleek look.

How to make mid-century work for today: Go with a rich, darker wood like an American Black Walnut or the trendy Rift Oak. Sure, rift oak is often seen in a light shade, but check out these examples I found where they use these woods with a rich stain as paneling. Yes, the dreaded paneling. I still think it's cool and is going to make a comeback!

Rift Oak Paneling, Design by Claudia Leccacorvi . I LOVE this one. It would be cool to make the panels square and alternate the direction of the grain for more interest. As is, this provides a nice, streamlined, sleek look! Kudos, Claudia!

American Black Walnut, Design by DHD Architecture

Is paneling still not you're thing? This same style can be applied to bathroom and kitchen cabinets! Let's be honest... At the end of the day, it's not what the designer likes, but what the homeowner likes. Stay tuned for pops of color!

P.S. Aren't these night stands cool? I love the contrast of the white and wood. Sold on Etsy by SimonSaysSalvage. I'd just change out the handles to two small knobs like seen here and possibly put metal furniture leg tips at the bottom (see tablelegs.com):

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