How To Style A Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

As we spend more and more time at home, eating more meals at home, it stands that we want a gorgeous dining room space in which to enjoy time together and even create memories. A Mid-Century Modern dining room is an opportunity to design a space that brings warmth into your home. 

Introduction to Mid-Century Modern Decor

Mid-Century Modern design style was developed from the organic architecture principles of Frank Lloyd Wright, combined with elements drawn from the Bauhaus movement - the center of modernism. Characterized by clean simplicity, Mid-Century Modern style is organic in its use of wood and other natural materials. 

A mix of traditional and newer styles, Mid-Century Modern also focuses on function and form. Interiors include geometric forms with uncluttered and sleek lines.

Dining rooms in this style have ample windows to allow for lots of natural light, and an open plan feel - think bringing the outdoors inside and using glass as walls. They are defined by their minimal ornamentation and use of contrasting materials.

Colors

Mid-Century Modern includes distinctive color palettes - incorporate any of these to create a dining space in the true essence of this design style. These palettes range from vibrant, earthy hues to pretty pastels. 

  1. Orange and brown - both earthy and vibrant, these are a classic Mid-Century Modern color combination. 
  2. Chartreuse and gray - cool, fresh and will instantly add a certain Mid-Century Modern chic. 
  3. Teal, brown and white - a sophisticated palette which can impart a rich look, especially when combined with the right furniture shapes. 
  4. Pink and brown - from pastel to deep pink and playful patterns or textures, it works particularly well with neutral brown or wood tones. 
  5. White and wood - reflects the style’s simple flavor and allows the wood to shine.

Materials

Furniture design in this style uses materials including plastic used for its own qualities rather than to imitate wood, plywood is no longer hidden away. Wood, metal, glass, vinyl and plexiglass also feature heavily. Choose contrasting materials for a real Mid-Century Modern dining room. 

Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Furniture

Create a Mid-Century Modern dining room by selecting furniture which make statements on their own. Choose pieces with simple and clean lines. Consider contrasting materials. But overall, select dining room furniture which is designed for life - pieces which will stand the test of time and are comforting - those which will bring your family and friends together to break bread, share stories and create memories. 

Mid-Century Modern Dining Tables

The dining table is the very heart of the dining room and in a Mid-Century Modern styled dining room, this means a statement piece with clean lines, ideally in a natural material. Since today, our dining tables serve many functions - arts & craft tables, remote learning classrooms and home offices, it's important to select one which can easily fulfil all these functions and yet be easily cleared off to be the center of your home come meal time. 

Solid American Oak Dining Table

Our Olivia rectangular dining table is constructed from solid American oak with strong, cylindrical legs neatly aligned to the curve of the table top. The Olivia table melds a playful, casual edge into her smooth, modern, Scandinavian-inspired design. Bring the soft, warm tones and smooth, velvety texture of the Olivia Table into the heart of your home and enjoy the effortless lifestyle Olivia creates. Create your sanctuary: match your Olivia Table with the Olivia Chairs and Sofa range for easy flow. With the right care, the Olivia Table is long-lasting and will remain a fixture for years to come.

Create a tranquil space in the heart of your home with our range of solid American oak Magnus dining tables. With a refined, elegant combination of soft curves and clean lines, the timeless design brings the perfect blend of authenticity and simplicity.. Serving as the relaxed hub of a busy home, Magnus’s smooth, rounded corners serve both practicality and style. The durability of solid oak makes the Magnus dining tables one of our best selling pieces - designed for living and built to last for decades to come. Magnus’s effortless and gentle strength is inspired by the Scandinavian and Mid-Century modern furniture movements. Available as a round dining table, rectangular dining table or extension dining table to ensure everyone has a place at your table. 

Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs

Dining chairs in the Mid-Century Modern style should be simple and crafted from natural materials. Comfort is important and color can be included to bring the dining space together as well as the overall style of the home. Ensure that you only have enough dining chairs so that the uncluttered feel of Mid-Century Modern is maintained. 

Solid Wood Chair

Enjoy smooth, ergonomic comfort with the Olivia dining chair’s curved seat and backrest that hugs your back, melting away the cares of the outside world as you settle in for a coffee or extended meal. The Olivia dining chair is available in denim blue, forest green, dove gray and graphite gray (perfect for your Mid-Century Modern styling), and her solid, strong Oak frame features a t-bar on the back for stability. Olivia’s slightly tapered legs bring a playful edge and a fun, casual feel. Inspired by Scandinavian design, Olivia’s smooth, sweeping lines add a modern quality to your space. Care for the Olivia chair properly and you’ll be rewarded with comfortable seating for years to come.

The Magnus solid oak dining chair’s curved seat is built for ergonomic comfort, blending the relationship between soft curves and the clean lines with a refined elegance contributed by the angled legs. Enjoy relaxing for a few minutes longer than planned over morning coffee, or forget how quickly time passes over a meal with friends as the Magnus’s gentle, smooth design transports you to a tranquil space. Designed for effortless living, the soft, warm tones inspired by the timeless Scandinavian and Mid-Century modern furniture movements will complement your home for decades to come. Available in a natural solid oak wood seat, fabric seat in warm gray, midnight blue, cement gray or sage green, or leather upholstered seat in black or cream. 

Solid Wood Table

Mid Century Modern Sideboards

If you have a very large open space or no specifically defined dining room, a sideboard can easily be used to create definition. Select a sideboard which is a statement piece, which embraces the principles of Mid-Century Modern design - natural materials, clean, and uncluttered lines. Keep adornment or accessories simple and in line with the color palette. 

The Magnus Sideboard has versatility with clever reversible doors; there's an option of white and gray on one side or matching American oak on the other side. It channels the Scandinavian and mid-century modern furniture movements that inspire calm, elegant spaces. The unit is made of high-quality American oak for durability and functionality. Easily keep everything in its place, with two sliding-door cabinets and three classic drawers. Bring the soft, warm tones and smooth texture of our oak furniture into your home and enjoy long-lasting, refined design. 

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