Use geometric 1960s patterns on traditional furniture shapes, such as wingback chairs.
Medium-toned wood furniture with an exposed grain was a mainstay in this style. Mix it up with large pieces in dark or pale wood hues.
Avoid a stereotypical mid-century modern look by steering clear of style staples, such as molded wood or plastic chairs, shag rugs, and space age lighting.
Choose large furniture, such as sofas, entertainment centers, beds, and dining tables, in transitional styles and fill in the decor with modern accents.
Use colors that are hot right now, like gray and emerald; and pass on standard mid-century hues: avocado, tangerine, mustard, lilac, and dusty blue.