midcentury living room with designer furniture
With wood floors, a beige stone fireplace and muted décor, this living room speaks to the Midcentury Modern style with its textures more than its colors. Photo by Jim Brown.

When it comes to Midcentury Modern, the less is more motto doesn’t only apply to furniture and décor—it can also apply to the color palette. MCM style can be achieved through simple bright colors or bold and sleek shapes (or both), so don’t fret if mixing shocking blues and yellows aren’t your thing. If you want a neutral living room, here are some pieces to look for.

Noguchi table
Noguchi table, Design Within Reach.

Noguchi Table

The Noguchi table is perfect for a neutral preference, as half of the design is made of glass. The geometric base of this table is often black or brown, so the shape and design of the piece is showcased instead of its color.

Roddy sofa from Joybird
Roddy sofa, Joybird.

Muted Sofa

If you want a neutral room, you need a neutral couch. As the sofa is oftentimes the largest piece in a room, it’s the easiest way to set the tone. For that extra MCM touch, find a sofa with one long seat cushion, using that unique feature and its angled legs to allude to its style. Add throw pillows with a bold pattern or mile color for variance.

Womb Chair
Womb chair, Rove Concepts.

Womb Chair

Choose a soft hue for accent pieces that will prevent your room from looking drab and plain. This burnt orange Saarinen womb chair from Rove Concepts is colorful enough to bring interest, but not bright enough to take away from the neutral palette.

George Nelson ball clock
George Nelson ball clock, Hive Modern.

George Nelson Ball Clock

No midcentury home is complete without a George Nelson ball clock, like this one from Hive Modern. Also a burnt orange, this prevalent MCM color blends in with the flooring and subdued shades of the room, while providing the signature spindle arms.

george nelson lotus floor lamp cigar
George Nelson lotus floor lamp, YLighting.

Nelson Cigar Lotus Floor Lamp

George Nelson designed this lamp in 1952 with taut plastic and a steel wire-frame. While the shape is almost like a work of art, his lamps are white, perfectly blending with the color theme. This lamp can be found at Y Lighting.