Though mid-century design has never really fallen out of style since its popularization in the 1940s, there is no denying that it's topping trend lists again in 2023.
Of course, mid-century modern homes' pared-back, high-end functionality means its popularity will probably always endure with homeowners – even 80 years on from the work of George Nelson and Herman Miller. However, we'd also argue that because it's so easy to pair with contemporary interior design trends, interest in the look is unlikely to wane any time soon. A good example of this matching of contemporary and mid-century is on show in singer Demi Lovato's lavender-toned dining room.
Featuring sleek lines, organic shapes, and raw materials, the space is undeniably mid-century – but its color scheming and pattern plays bring a fresh twist.
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Designed by Argyle Design founders Kat Bell and James Drew, Demi's entire home is playful and eclectic. The lavender walls are a noticeable contemporary addition – it's a shade that's topped color trends in 2023 (it is Coloro + WGSN's color of the year, after all).
Alongside the statement table and vintage chairs, the room exhibits Uchiwa wall sconces (which you can pick up from 1stDibs below) and an aquatic-style chandelier from Entler Studio.
If you're keen to replicate Demi's mid-century modern look in your own home, you can take advice from Delaware-based designer Renée Biery, who weighs in on precisely what makes this space so inspiring.
'In a mid-century modern dining room, furniture takes center stage. Opt for a dining table with clean lines and minimal embellishments, serving as the focal point of the room.
'Complementing it with vintage-inspired chairs, with organic shapes and sculptural details, will add visual interest and embody the essence of mid-century modern design,' Renée says.
Renée is a luxury interior designer, podcast host, and construction expert in Wilmington, Delaware. For the past three decades, she has created niche expertise in large-scale construction, from renovations to new builds serving clients working in Fortune 500 companies.
But what about the more contemporary elements in Demi's room? Yes, Renée approves of them too.
'The walls play a vital role in setting the tone of a mid-century modern dining room. Soft colors, including pale lavender shades, create a serene and harmonious atmosphere,' she explains. 'These gentle hues serve as a backdrop for the rest of the design elements, allowing the furniture and decor to shine.'
And, unsurprisingly, the singer's rug goes down equally well. 'Animal prints, in particular, offer a touch of boldness without sacrificing the clean aesthetic of the era,' Renée comments. 'Such rugs create a captivating graphic element that perfectly aligns with mid-century modern style.'
We're buying our way into the room with these Demi-inspired picks.
This striking piece from the1970s is made of bamboo and lacquered rice paper. It's the exact wall lamp seen in Demi Lovato's dining room.
Tempted to go lavender? We're trying before we buy with this handy sample of Gin Blossoms lilac-hued paint from sustainable color masters, Backdrop.
This timeless set of Knoll chairs and table designed by Warren Platner is nothing short of iconic. It will look great in any style of dining room but especially great in mid-century spaces such as this.
This stain-resistant, light purple rug comes with a geometric border and a distinct cheetah print, like Demi's. It's made from durable synthetic fibers that mean it can withstand inevitable spillages from under the dining table.
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Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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