Carmel Mid-Century LEEDMidcentury Living Room, San Francisco
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5. Wood and white. As I mentioned earlier, wood is often a featured element in midcentury modern decor, reflecting this style’s simple, earthy flavor. Especially when combined with large glass windows, wood brings the feeling of the outside natural elements indoors. This stylish living room takes its cues from the midcentury era, with a harmonious, neutral palette of wood tones, brown leather and whites.Browse sofas and sectionals
Trust intuition: “Continuity and regularity allow the eye to first read the ceiling as surface,” he continues. “Then, whether in a V-groove or square-edged application, the eye reads the directional order of the seam where the long edges of boards meet. These simple, regular lines clarify the module and scale of the building assembly. Most people may not realize they understand this about the building, but on an intuitive, if unarticulated, level, I am convinced that they do. White paint helps clarify order, and order is calming.”
While ultraglossy finishes exude a luxe, glam vibe, they can look cold and clinical in some scenarios. But they can be yummy when teamed with high-contrast textures. My favorite materials to use with gloss include tan leather, wood, wool and any soft, cozy fabrics that soften and warm up sleek, shiny designs. Flooring: high-gloss white resin
Sleek and modern. Wood accent walls can look sleek and modern, not rustic at all. Walnut is a great choice for a modern accent wall, especially applied vertically. Notice the modern neutral palette of solids and textures. No need for art; the wood accent wall is the star.
Instead of adding to the footprint of the existing home, the team installed a retractable roof over the dining room (background in photo). Fir wall panels and wood and camel tones warm up the white rooms. New double-pane glass windows, recycled denim insulation and radiant heat greatly improved the comfort of the house.