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Mid-Century Modern (MCM) style is making a HUGE comeback all over the country, and furniture artists everywhere are snapping up these clean, modern pieces from their local thrift stores.

As furniture artists, it is important to understand the characteristics of the style of furniture you are working on. While we can add a little flair and step outside of the box on almost any piece we create, embracing and incorporating the true style characteristics will help you hone in on that style lover and your perfect buyer.

Mid-Century Modern furniture is known for being simple and fuss-free. No intricate details or curves, just straight, clean lines that appeal to the modernist who doesn’t like clutter or chaos.

Let’s talk about the appropriate color palette to keep in mind when refinishing your next MCM piece.

The Mid-Century Modern style is not just about shapes – it is also heavily influenced by color selection. To appeal to the largest MCM audience, you’ll want to restore those beautiful wood finishes, but as we know, that is not always possible due to damage or lack of care to the original piece.

Let’s take a look at a few of the colors that highlighted this style during its original period of influence. This will help you pick the appropriate colors for your next MCM project.


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Chartreuse a color between yellow and green that was named because of its resemblance to the green color of one of the French liqueurs called green chartreuse, introduced in 1764.

It’s a popular accent color for the Mid-Century Modern style and works well with teals, whites and grays. It’s also a great pop of color to a predominately wood-filled setting that MCM homes are known for.

Burnt Orange

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Burnt orange is a HUGE color option for the MCM lover. It can be used as a pop of color in a kitchen, as accent furniture around the house, or as a great accent wall in your home.

Choose darker shades of orange that are crisp and clean and pair with greens, whites and wood tones.

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Don’t be afraid to use layers of teal in your Mid-Century Modern palette. It’s easy to use different shades of the same color to create a killer impact and define your style.

Pair with whites and natural wood tones for a great re-imagined piece that embraces the style.

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White & Wood

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White and wood represents the cleanest version of Mid-Century Modern Style. Hardware and accent  piece such as lamps and pillows do the work of adding color and character, while furniture and walls stay clean and crisp.

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Add geometrics patterns for a touch of WOW and keep hardware true to the style.

Choose your Mid-Century Modern colors wisely and always stay true to the colors of the era. You’ll be sure to impress collectors of this furniture style and grab top-dollar for your artistry.

Happy Painting!