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How to Achieve a Mid Century Modern Bedroom – Styling Guide

How to Achieve a Mid Century Modern Bedroom – Styling Guide

Mid century modern interior design is perhaps the chicest way to create a calming oasis in your bedroom. Anchored by warm brown woods, sleek silhouettes, jewel tones and bright brass or gold accents, mid century modern is classic yet offers a funky edge. From understanding the basics of this stunning aesthetic, to selecting a bed, bedside tables, a chest of drawers and more, here’s our go-to guide to designing a mid century modern bedroom that wows.

Medium toned wood, curved elements and sleek silhouettes all form the Mid Century look.
Medium toned wood, curved elements and sleek silhouettes all form the Mid Century look.
Medium toned wood, curved elements and sleek silhouettes all form the Mid Century look.
Medium toned wood, curved elements and sleek silhouettes all form the Mid Century look.

The tenets of mid century modern style

Before we begin the process of styling a beautiful bedroom, it’s important to really understand the principles that ground mid century modern furniture. Mid century furniture pieces are typified by a few things – let’s explore the very basics.

Medium toned wood

Mid toned woods like chestnut are integral to mid century modern styling. While lighter and darker shades do have their place, traditionally, you’ll find most timber pieces reflect this shade, and the effect is stunning – inviting, warm, and impactful.


Gold fixtures and accents

Contrasting with those chestnut timber tones is, almost always, gorgeous gold or brass hardware. From the knobs on your dresser to the stem of a stunning lamp, incorporating gold into a mid century bedroom will elevate the overall look and add a bit of effortless opulence.


Pops of black

‘Modern’ is in the name of this beloved style – so it’s only natural to include a bit of matte black! Find opportunities to add pops of black into your styling, such as furniture legs, vases, plant pots, and lamp stems or shades.


Unique textures

Rooted in 1960s and 1970s design, mid century modern often incorporates go-to textures of these eras, including, most notably, velvet. Velvet is central to mid century modern style, and in the bedroom is often seen adorning armchairs, bedspreads, bed cushions or bed frames. Other favourite textures include rattan and metals.


Sleek, sharp silhouettes

Most of your core furniture pieces in a mid century modern room will be sleek, sharp and angular in their design. Straight lines and slick corners create a very geometric feel that is unmistakably mid century – especially when those lines aren’t straight up and down, but rather, play with space on the horizontal, vertical and diagonal.


Curved elements

In the same breath, mid century modern has some curves and swerves, too! Every so often, you’ll see a rounded rectangle, a perfect circle, or even a funky half-moon grace a room in this style. Incorporate that into your furnishings with exaggerated arches, and curved, overstuffed seating.

Mid Century must-knows: choosing a bed, chest of drawers or bedside tables.
Mid Century must-knows: choosing a bed, chest of drawers or bedside tables.
Mid Century must-knows: choosing a bed, chest of drawers or bedside tables.
Mid Century must-knows: choosing a bed, chest of drawers or bedside tables.

Our top tips for a mid century modern bedroom

Ready to start styling? Keep reading to learn how to translate the essence of mid century style into your bedroom design, including must-knows for selecting a bed base or frame, chest of drawers, bedside tables, and other accompanying elements.

Find the perfect mid century bed frame

As the focal point of the bedroom, it’s crucial to really nail it with your choice of bed. Mid century doesn’t tend to favour upholstered or fabric bed frames or bed heads, so instead, you’ll want to select something wooden in a traditional warm medium tone. The Frank Slim Bed Frame is a stunning and very typically mid century bed choice that blends clean lines with a 1960s-esque low profile.


Incorporate colour with your linens

Mid century spaces can often feel overwhelmed or dragged down by an abundance of similar tones – usually of the warm brown variety, if you’re catching on – which is why it’s important to find opportunities to add a splash of colour. Your bed sheets and duvet cover are the perfect place to brighten things up, adding visual interest and vibrancy. Shades like olive green, turmeric yellow and royal blue all play into a mid century palette, which favours jewel-toned accents. If you prefer a natural look, go for clean, crisp white to contrast against the browns.


Pair your bed with timber bedside tables

A mid century bedside table will typically include a few elements, such as (you guessed it) a timber frame, a sleek design, and gold accents – all of the key things that make up the mid century aesthetic. Of course, you never want to saturate a space in the one colour, so this might present an opportunity to select a contrasting black or light wood design if brown is getting a bit much. Our favourite mid century bedside tables have to be the Frank Bedside Table, which will pair perfectly with your bed frame, and the cute and curvy Clover Side Table.


Nail down your bedroom storage

Storage is a hugely necessary component of any bedroom, as it’s where you’ll tuck away your wardrobe items, as well as linens, personal items, and more. While some prefer built-in storage, others love the simplicity and additional surface space of a chest of drawers. For a totally mid century chest of drawers choice, we can’t go past the Marlon Tall Boy, in either natural brown or chic black. If you prefer a wide mid century dresser to a tallboy, the coordinating Frank Chest of Drawers is a gorgeous pick, as is the Cato Chest of Drawers.


Illuminate your mid century space

The best, and easiest, way to (quite literally) brighten up any space is through good lighting – and in the bedroom, it’s particularly key to have lamps. After all, lamps create mood lighting that can be adjusted to alter the ambiance of a room, rather than relying on one harsh overhead light source. Mid century lighting is often eclectic, geometric, and funky, utilising bold shapes and metal tones to create an eye-catching statement piece. For your bedside tables, the Ornis Table Lamp is a go-to, whereas the Hydra Floor Lamp is the perfect free-standing pick

Its all in the finishing touches: lamps, vases, rugs and more.
Its all in the finishing touches: lamps, vases, rugs and more.
Its all in the finishing touches: lamps, vases, rugs and more.
Its all in the finishing touches: lamps, vases, rugs and more.

Finish with on-trend accents

The final piece of the puzzle in any room is always your homewares and decor, used to accent your furniture choices and emphasise the very best parts of your style – in this case, mid century modern. Following the tenets of mid century design, you’ll want to incorporate lots of gold or brass, as well as your favourite jewel tones, into your styling.

There are so many vessels for this, including cushions, lamps and lamp shades, photo frames, vases, pot plants, and trinkets. Another favourite way to liven up any space is with a rug, which will add texture and comfort – a mid century rug may be bold and geometric, or simply a subtle piece with a paisley pattern. Don’t forget to round out your space with lots of greenery from plants and your go-to blooms.

Mid century modern style is bold, eclectic, and cuts through the noise – making it a perfect style to adopt in your bedroom if you want your space to truly stand out. Take these tips and translate them into a stunning mid century bedroom design you’ll love for years to come. Shop mid century bedroom furniture and much more today with Brosa, and check out with Australia-wide shipping and flexible payment options available.