Midcentury Modern Living Room Design

After helping her create a complete color palette for the interior of her home, my online client wanted me to cast a vision via e-design for the living room she hopes to make out of the original dining room.  A lover of mid-century modern design, she wanted to use greens and blues to create a fun and funky, Madmen-worthy living room of her dreams!




Below is some of the furniture she currently owns and loves.  She sent photos of some of the pieces they will be using in their bedroom, which helped me better understand the look and feel she is embracing in her home.

midcentury modern bedroom furniture

mid-century bedroom furniture 



Here’s the dining room before – it will become the new living room space when the new e-design is realized:

Dining Room before

 dining room before


My client sent me some photos of rooms she loves.  Via phone, we talked through why she loved each space for clues as to how she’d like this living room to turn out.

Room Ideas

rooms she loves 



When I felt like I had a good understanding of the look we were going for, this is the Inspiration Board I put together for her:

OB-MidCentury Living Room

 Mid-Century Modern Olioboard



I included two furniture floorplan options with this design, as well as a Pinboard with resources for the items you see above.  I think I may be more excited than my client is to see how this space comes together!  

Unfortunately, I am currently really booked up and unable to schedule new clients until fall – but if you’d like to learn for yourself how to choose just the right paint colors for you home, you may want to check out my Color Workshop Video!


  1. Bethany

    Beautiful. Would you share the wall color you suggested, it’s quite lovely.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thank you so much, Bethany! I’m sorry, but I can’t share specifics about this design because those details belong to the client who paid me to create it. I hope it still helps with inspiration 🙂

  2. Sheila @sZinteriors

    This is the dream consultation! And what incredible pieces your client owns – love what you’ve put together for her, and can’t wait to see how it all turns out!!

  3. Paula Van Hoogen

    Actually that din
    ing room “before” tells me your client already has great style….bet it’s fun to kick everything into a higher gear with a sophisticated client such as this! Enjoy Kristie!

  4. Melissa Raines

    Of course, I love it! You are very talented and do amazing work. Thank you for helping me. Can’t wait to finish the room.

  5. sherry

    I LOVE MCM!! Your design works: it’s functional, it’s TODAY and MCM! My mother bought the only NEW furniture she ever had back in the 1960s: a white sofa with matching white chair, and an orange chair. The sofa was similar to the one you have here, except that the arms were wider…. Her pictures had lutes on them, and had orange and turqouise in them. Lamps and tables– glass inserts, of course… and all this with FOUR wild children!! and YES, we used that white sofa! no plastic covers.. the tables are still in the family.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Awesome story, Sherry – thanks for sharing! Long live mid-century mod 🙂

  6. Pam

    I see it all the time but please tell me why mid-century modern is in but people talk about most everything that wasn’t redecorated yesterday being “dated”.

  7. Kelly

    Great job Kristie! Love the blue and green together.

  8. Michelle L.

    You know the MCM bedroom pieces your client has? That is my parents’ bedroom furniture. Exactly. From about 1960. My mom is thrilled to know she is so fashionable! So if you hang on to your stuff, it comes back around…. right???

  9. Juliette

    Hi Kristie, love your blog and your works! I’ve nominated your blog for the Best Moment Award! Congratulations! 🙂 For more details, checkout: http://julcloves.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/best-moment-award/

  10. Suzy A.

    Great job, Kristie! It’s true: six or seven years ago this furntiture would have ended up in the thrift store :0) through no fault of its own!

    There’s a place near our home in Tarrytown called The Cherry Door; it’s a church thrift store and so many MCM pieces come through (there’s also an antique store up the street that specializes in midcentury and is very expensive. I swear they go shopping at The Cherry Door!!!)

    This post is great for showing people how to create an inspiration board for themselves, too.


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