Dakota Johnson's living room is a lesson in decorating with vintage furniture – here's how to recreate the look

Celebrating the understated charm of mid-century, these furniture pieces are endlessly stylish

Dakota Johnson
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Designed by interior design studio Pierce & Ward, actress Dakota Johnson's home is a celebration of mid-century design, filled with earthy colors and natural textures that create a grown-up and timeless feel.

While glimpses into various rooms throughout the home look equally stylish, a closer look at the living room reveals a selection of mid-century furniture that captures for core understated aesthetic of the popular design style. 

'Dakota Johnson's living space resonates with the timeless allure of mid-century design, seamlessly blending sophistication with a warm, inviting ambiance. Emanating an understated elegance, her choice of mid-century furniture epitomizes the era's iconic style, infusing her abode with a retro-modern charm,' says interior designer Elizabeth Grace. 

While there are so many elements of this living space that echo mid-century design, experts are drawn to three standout furniture items that they explain perfectly capture the vintage style. 

'The sleek, low-profile sofa embellishes the room with its clean lines and tailored form,' explains Grace. 'Crafted with luscious leather, this sofa epitomizes the quintessential mid-century aesthetics, accentuated by its tapered legs and minimalistic design.'

The sideboard and coffee table also reflect the core essence of a mid-century home, and Grace explains: 'Complementing the sofa, the sideboard, with its teak or walnut finish, seamlessly integrates functionality and artistry.'

'The coffee table epitomizes the mid-century design ethos with its sleek silhouette and organic shapes. Its elegantly tapered legs and rich wooden texture harmonize flawlessly with the overall theme, striking a balance between functionality and visual appeal.' 

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Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace is an Interior Designer, Furniture and Home Expert. She received her degree in Interior Designing from the University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth landed her first job as an intern with a leading firm in New York City, learning from some of the city’s top designers. She currently works as an interior designer for both residential and commercial clients.

If you're feeling inspired to recreate a similar mid-century look in your own home, interior designer Nicholas Kaiko shares his top tips to ensure a seamless end result: 'Opt for pieces with clean lines, organic curves, and functional design. Wood, especially walnut and teak, was a favored material. However, don't shy away from mixing in modern materials like metal or glass.'

He also notes that it's important to consider the color palette, suggesting: 'Stick to a neutral base but accentuate with pops of vibrant colors. Think mustards, teals, or oranges.'

Lastly, Kaiko suggests incorporating an element of nature into the space, saying: 'Whether it’s through houseplants, wooden elements, or organic forms, nature should find a way into the design.'

Nicholas Kaiko
Nicholas Kaiko

Nicholas Kaiko, founder of Kaiko Design Interiors, is a highly sought-after interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. With over a decade of experience in the interior design industry, Nic has honed his skills as an interior architect and decorator, working on luxury hotels and high-end residential projects both locally and internationally.

Elevate your living room with these mid-century pieces

Feeling inspired by the timeless look of the furniture in Dakota's living room? We've rounded up some of our favorite similar furniture items for you to shop below, to help create a practical and endlessly stylish mid-century modern living room

It can be overwhelming to know where to start with buying new furniture for the home, so it's a good idea to follow to advice of the experts who have lots of living room furniture ideas to help you on your way. 

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.