26 Mid-Century Modern Lighting Ideas That Are Simple But Brilliant

Update your space with this old school style.

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Some designers think the mid-century modern trend has run its course. It's true, the style is definitely having an extended moment...say, 60-something years, but who doesn't love simple yet elegant home decor? We say long live mid-century design.

Not so sure you want to fully immerse your home in the style? Opting for mid-century lighting is the perfect way to nod to the classic look, without going overboard. Here are 26 rooms to inspire you.

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Eric Piasecki
Paper Lantern

In Christina Juarez' home, the Saarinen dining table is from , the vintage Anton Lorenz for chairs are covered in a silk ikat, the linen curtains are , and the pendant is . On the table, the pitcher is from , the amethyst plates are by , and the salt and pepper shakers are vintage.

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mid-century modern lighting ideas
Stephen Kent Johnson
Industrial Statement Lighting

In the entry of a Montana chalet, the vintage table is Finnish, the circa-1970s bronze stool has a seat in a leather, the textured-steel chandelier is by , the rug is from , and the flooring is antique stone.

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mid-century modern lighting ideas
Douglas Friedman
Floral Chandelier

In an apartment in an Art Deco building in Chicago, designed by Steven Gambrel and renovated by the architect Phillip Liederbach, the salon’s custom table is by , the vintage chair is from Paris, and the vintage Harvey Probber side table is from Dual Modern; the 1960s Venini mirror is from , the vintage Dahlia chandelier is by , the custom silk shag rug is by , and the custom mantel is by .

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Richard Powers
Dandelion Pendants

In an art-filled NYC apartment, the kitchen’s custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by , the Saarinen table and chairs are from , and the Dandelion chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from ; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from , and the floor tiles are by .

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Richard Powers
Architectural Lanterns

In the entrance hall of the same Manhattan home, the consoles are by , and the custom plaster lanterns are by ; the artworks include two paintings by Christopher Wool and a sculpture by Mark Grotjahn.

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Douglas Friedman
1960s Pendant

A circa-1960s light fixture by Sarfatti hangs above a Water Monopoly tub in this master bath in Manhattan; the side table is by Achille Salvagni, and the walls are sheathed in marble.

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Eric Piasecki
Tinted Mid-Century Pendants

In a Manhattan apartment designed by Steven Gambrel, a boys’ room features monogrammed headboards by Leontine Linens. The wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries, the carpet is by Stark, and the trim is painted in Pratt & Lambert’s Garnet. Two tinted pendants hang over the matching beds.

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Nicolas Tosi
Mid-Century Chandelier

Thanks to a pair of brother architects, this apartment on Paris's Right Bank has a dark and moody aesthetic that updates classic French style for the 21st century. The master bath holds a 1960s chandelier, a 1950s American table, and a Saarinen armchair. The niche is clad in hand-cut glass-mosaic tiles inlaid with gold leaf, the walls are of Italian marble, and the floor is tiled with marble and gold-leafed-glass mosaics.

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William Abranowicz
Glam Pendant

At her Lake Forest, Illinois home, designer Megan Winters swathed the walls of a bedroom for her niece in a zebra-print wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils. The bed and ceiling light are vintage, the linens are by Frette and the ottoman is by Oly.

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mid-century modern lighting
Simon Upton
Chrome Chandelier

A 1960s FontanaArte light fixture hangs above a cantilevered Carrara marble sink in this marble master bathroom of a SoHo loft. A large, frameless mirror complements the clean, crisp aesthetic.

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mid-century modern lighting
William Abranowicz
Aviation Lighting

In the master bedroom of this Los Angeles farmhouse, the giltwood settee is Italian, the light fixture made from vintage airplane trusses is from Get Back Inc., the Swedish rug is from Lief, and the flooring is walnut.

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mid-century modern lighting
William Abranowicz
Modern Chandelier

In the same house, the daughter’s room has an Italian shell bed from the owners’ former house in Europe, the mirrored side table is from JF Chen, and the chandelier was found on 1stdibs.

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mid-century modern lighting
Björn Wallander
Simple Pendant

In an Oakland, California master bedroom, the bed by Room & Board is dressed with a Libeco duvet, the antique chest is English, the custom love seat is upholstered in a China Seas fabric and the George Nelson pendant light is from Design Within Reach. The rug is an antique Heriz and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Anchor Gray.

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mid-century modern lighting
Francis Amiand
Bursting Pendant

The dining table and chairs are by DimoreStudio, the Sputnik ceiling light is by Fedele Papagni, and the marble flooring is original to the 1970s building in this Monte Carlo apartment. The artworks in the dining area are by Pierre Le-Tan.

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mid-century modern lighting
Francis Amiand
Modern Floor Lamp

The bed in the guest room of this Monaco apartment, by Flexform, has a cover in an Osborne & Little check, the lamp is by Michael Anastassiades for Flos, the wallpaper is by Cole & Son, and walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Parma Gray; the large drawing on top of the 1950s wall unit is by Joe Bradley.

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mid-century modern lighting
Trevor Tondro
Modern Breakfast Nook Light Fixture

In Palm Springs, this breakfast room’s Saarinen table and chairs are by Knoll, the painting is by Martin Sniper and the light fixture is by Artemide.

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William Waldron
Gold Sconces

The custom furnishings in the dining room of this West Village apartment include a table and a banquette upholstered in Maharam fabrics, The Thonet chairs are vintage, the barstool is by Gubi, the sconces are by Areti, the wallcovering is Work + Sea’s Watercolor Stripe and the artworks include pieces by Wardell Milan, John Register, and Jeff Lewis.

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Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by William Waldron
Silver Spheres

Pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the marble-top kitchen island in Tamara Mellon's Hamptons house, the cabinetry is custom made, the oven and stove are by Wolf, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White.

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mid-century modern lighting
Trevor Tondro
Light Strobe Chandelier

In a glamorous Central Park apartment, the kitchen table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.

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Photography By Eric Piasecki / Produced By Cynthia Frank
Multi-Arm Pendant

In a Manhattan home the kitchen cabinetry and island are custom made, the chandelier is by Serge Mouille, and the walls are lined with tiles by Ann Sacks.

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mid-century modern lighting
Trevor Tondro
Sleek And Minimalist

In this Palm Springs living room, you'll find vintage Barcelona chairs, back-to-back sofas by William Haines, an Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni and a floor lamp by Dragonette; the wall is sheathed in Venetian plaster, the ceiling is cedar and the floors are poured-in-place terrazzo.

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Produced by Robert Rufino; Photography by Björn Wallander
Simple And Streamlined

The kitchen island was made with reclaimed wood from an Upstate New York house, the countertop is Carrara marble, and the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero; the light fixtures are from Time and Materials, and the window frames, shutters, and cabinetry are painted in Farrow & Ball's Buff.

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Photography By Richard Powers/ Produced By Anita Sarsidi
Structural Light Fixture

In this New York kitchen, the custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with Nero Marquina marble, the Milo Baughman barstools were found on eBay, and the iron sculpture is a Paris flea market find; the range is by Jade, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, and the sink fittings are by Kohler. The structural statement light fixture complements the kitchen's sleek lines.

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Douglas Friedman
Floor Globe

In the master bedroom of Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei's Manhattan apartment, a pair of 1940s chairs, purchased at auction, is covered in a fabric by Christopher Hyland, the bed is dressed with a throw and pillow by Rosemary Hallgarten, the brass lamp and Murano glass light fixture are vintage; the fireplace mantel is St. Laurent marble, the curtains are of a Kravet fabric and the walls are painted in Fine Paints of Europe’s Black Plum.

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Douglas Friedman
Understated Lamp

Retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky has always championed clean-lined fashion, so it's no surprise that he stuck to his aesthetic principles when renovating his West Village townhouse.
In the master bedroom, the bed is by Christopher Ostafin and the 1990s bench is by Campion Platt; the circa-1950 chair by Illum Wikkelso is from Hostler Burrows, the steel side table is Wyeth, and the curtains are of a Holland & Sherry cashmere. The floor lamp takes a back seat to the luxurious textures, but is a chic addition.

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Jenna Milliner-Waddell

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