Mid Century Modern Geometric Rugs: 10 Chic Rooms, Decorating Tips

When mid century modern rugs and furniture first came into vogue a few years ago, they felt rather cold and hard, but now these interiors are becoming more interesting as talented interior designers bring complexity and comfort by mixing mid century modern rugs and furniture with art deco, neoclassical and traditional styles. Some designers are introducing comfortable textures and mixing geometric shapes with curved and organic contours. The colors have become more sophisticated and imaginative. I have selected 10 of my favorite interiors for you to enjoy and study.

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1. The black rectangles in the mid century modern geometric rug resonate with the rectangular contours of the bedroom furniture. Just having rectangular shapes would have felt hard so the designer balanced them with the rounded shapes of the lampshades and the turquoise vase and further added softness with the fur throw. This bedroom was designed by Brad Dunning for photographer Steven Meisel’s Midcentury House in Beverly Hills. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

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2. This mid century geometric rug has a simple pattern of a square within a square in green and white. Most of the furniture has squared angles and these are balanced by the rounded shapes of the chair, vases, photograph and the glass top of the coffee table. The patchwork ottoman adds softness. The green and white introduces a much needed organic pattern. This is the living room in the Palm Beach, Florida condo of designer Jonathan Adler. Image courtesy Elle Decor.

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3. The brown and white mid century modern geometric rug has a pattern that resembles the Greek key motif, but a closer examination reveals that the pattern is made up of the letter “I” arranged in a fascinating way. This living room by interior designer Robert Passal has a wonderful balance between square and rounded shapes. There is also a harmonious mix of styles from mid century modern and art deco. The color palette is exquisitely composed with green, blue, purple and taupe. The yellow and orange flowers bring in the needed warm colors. Image courtesy Robert Passal.

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4. The interlocking octagon and square pattern in the mid century modern silk rug brings a feeling of soft rounded shapes that are in keeping with the comfortable shapes of the sofas in the living room by Steven Gambrel in an Old Westbury, New York estate. Gambrel has created a wonderful color palette- sea green walls and purple-taupe accents in the silk rug and upholstery. The blue velvet sofa is warmed by the reddish brown tones of the art deco table base and the honey colored fireplace mantel. This living room has a deft blend of decorative styles- the art deco ceiling light fixture and table look great with the neoclassical wall molding and mirror and traditional sofas.  Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

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5. Mabley Handler Interiors designed this pool Lounge for the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse. While the furniture and wall covering is in the mid century modern style the lavender and white geometric rug has Mughal fretwork pattern. This room is full of geometric pattern, including a very subtle pattern on the pink pillows. The white chairs, white floors and white ceiling provide a contrast to the patterned surfaces. The rounded topiaries balance the angular shapes and the pillows add much needed softness. Image courtesy Mabley Handler Interior Design.

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6. The zig zag pattern of the mid century modern geometric rug adds energy to this artistic living room by Robert Passal. Passal has created a harmonious mix of styles with mid century modern, art deco and traditional French furniture and accessories. The color palette is a delicious combination of brown, yellow and purple with touches of red, silver and gold. There is also a complex interplay of textures- the soft velvet stool seats on metallic legs next to a mirrored glass coffee table and the shiny dark brown leather of the mid century modern chairs next to the soft velvet of the sofa. Image courtesy Robert Passal.

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8. Interior designer Tamara Kaye-Honey has softened the textures and shapes of the mid century furnishings in this living Room. The larger grey diamonds in the geometric rug are outlined in plush silk pile. The yellow stool and blue grey sofa have rounded coners and the side table introduces an organic tree motif. Yellow and gold warm the cool grey and white color palette. Image courtesy House of Honey.

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9. A blue mid century modern rug with a small scale geometric patterns anchors a mix of  mid century modern and art deco furniture in this living room by Tamara Kaye-Honey. There is a delicious mix of square and curvaceous shapes and soft and shiny textures. The red silk seats and black lacquer frame of the art deco chairs pops against the blue rug. The grey and white geometric fabrics add energy and resonate with the black and white zebra striped vase. Image courtesy Rue Magazine.

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10. The grooved striped texture of the brown pile rug adds softness to the square shapes of the mid century modern furniture in this living room. The Chinoiserie chandelier softens the visual effect of the industrial ceiling while the golden peace sign and red leather sofa adds warmth. Image courtesy Rue Magazine.

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