As crisper temperatures come, remember that layering up isn’t just for clothing. Take Mid Century Modern cues for warming up the look and feel of your interior with textiles.

Photo by Landon Wiggs.

Phoenix Feels

What says “cozy” and “Mid Century Modern” more clearly than shag carpet? Warm up your floors with these neutral, retro beauties.

Don’t forget about upholstery. The fabric sofa and patina of the leather chairs make the space feel warm and inviting.

Of course, throws are the easiest way to warm up a room and an opportunity for some color and pattern. The brightly colored Mexican throw evokes the Southwest’s sunshine.

mid century modern living area
Photo by Jim Brown.

Mix and Match

While this living area has plenty of Mid Century Modern era originals, don’t be afraid to layer in elements that are not strictly MCM but still pair well. For instance, the geometric pattern of the Turkish kilim rug and the red throw draped over the Thonet armchair play off each other well. Also note the thick, vintage drapes and 60s fabric upholstery. The Overman swivel chair’s nubby upholstery has an inviting, warm texture.

mid century modern living room
Photo by Daniel Blue.

Sunny Southwest

Rugs become especially important when your flooring is not carpet. This Southwestern-style rug not only warms up the floor but adds style and color evocative of sun-soaked deserts. Here as well fabric upholstery on the sofa and side chairs make the seating areas inviting.

mid century modern bedroom
Photo by Bret Gum.

It’s All About the Layers

Why not warm up the look of your room with textiles on the wall? The fabric’s texture provides visual interest and warmth. Non-fabric accents such as the mirror and basket also contribute a warm, earthy texture. When you work with a predominantly neutral base, textiles are the perfect way to add some vibrant color.

Cat lounging in a wicker-net chair with a faux fur throw.
Photography by Jim Brown.

Creature Comforts

This lucky cat curls up contentedly on a Hans Wegner Hoop chair with a sheepskin throw in a postwar post and beam in Seattle.

Want to learn about women of the mid century who worked with textiles? Read on about Lucienne Day and others.

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