Embrace midcentury modern style in your home today! This home decor style’s uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic arose from a desire to propel postwar America into the modern era and recast design through a bold new lens.
Midcentury modern emphasizes functional comfort and chic style. The look bridges the organic and the man-made, with one foot in the natural world and the other in brave new territory that still has the power to surprise us today. The furniture is clean-lined, with smooth curves and crisp geometric forms. The mid 1900’s era was the age of jet travel and the race to the moon, and designers were experimenting with new materials and technologies. Colors tend to be bright and optimistic: pure red, yellow, blue, green or pink. Although color provides the pop, the palette is usually tempered by plenty of natural wood and white.
Instead of trying to re-create a midcentury home exactly, today’s take on midcentury modern style is open to interpretation, especially when paired with Royal Design Studio stencil patterns. Don’t be afraid to mix in a few iconic midcentury pieces with those in other styles you love, or to revive vintage midcentury finds with a new look. Here are some stencil ideas for your next decorating project that bridges the gap between midcentury and modern…
The Painted Hive gave a jaw-dropping transformation to a thrift store wood cabinet by staining and stenciling it with our Tribal Batik Furniture Stencil. The contrast and combination of tribal and midcentury modern is a hot decorating trend right now, so her furniture piece is obviously very popular!
A Mid-Century furniture makeover by Finding Silver Pennies with our Adana Abstract Floral Furniture Stencil and pretty colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®! Isn’t this like a breath of fresh air? It’s even MORE impressive if you click to see the ugly brown furniture “before” here.
This little roadside find looks very happy with her new look! Studio 184 gave this piece a well-deserved makeover using Graphite Chalk Paint® and our Circling Allover Stencils. Do you have furniture that needs a facelift too??
Vitamini Handmade originally thought of wallpaper to makeover her bedroom accent wall. But she finally realized, stenciling this accent wall with our African Wave Stencil would be the way to go. Stenciling would allow her to choose her own color combinations instead of being stuck with what wallpapers were available. She can make it her own with painting techniques and finishes.
Who doesn’t love a great IKEA hack?? The simple style makes any of their furniture pieces extremely hack-able. This IKEA Vittsjo laptop table is a very versatile little piece that can be easily tucked in to small spaces and utilized in multiple ways. It has a bit of a Mad Men feel to it, so we were inspired by the angular lines to try a reverse-stenciled glass treatment using a stencil with a Mid-Century Modern vibe; the Triangulations Furniture Stencil. Is this a cool look, or what?! For the full how to, check out Ikea Stencil Hack: Transform a Vittsjo Table with Stenciling.
Dandelion and Poppies gave this mid-century dresser a modern facelift with matte black paint, our Shibori Japanese Furniture Stencil, and Bright Gold Royal Stencil Crème. Notice that pop of bright pink paint in side the drawers that makes this stencil project out of this world!
Finding a chair that’s in great condition but not your style can be daunting. But with the help of stenciling, the upholstery can be changed to any color and pattern you want! This chair was in need of some serious style and Debbie gave it just that. She first painted the entire chair with Graphite Chalk Paint®. Then she used Antique Silver Royal Stencil Crème and Feathered Damask Stencil on the front and back. Now time for some shine! She used layers of silver leaf for the seat’s metallic gilding. Lastly, she covered the piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax to create a patina look that also protected the painted chair from wear. Check out Chair Affair for Charity: Stylish Stenciled Chair Project for Barnabas Network for the full tutorial.
Deborah Waltz went for the gold and scored! Our In Flight Feather Stencil and Otomi Folk Art Furniture Stencil painted with metallic gold really pop on these dressers and accent wall, don’t they? She recommends using our Royal Stencil Cremes to give a glam and metallic finish to your stenciled furniture and walls.