With its minimalist approach, clean lines, large windows and sense of openness, Mid-Century modern architecture is one of the most distinct and popular in the U.S. The style became popular in the late 1940s, following World War II, and developed through the 1960s. 

The style evolved into three distinct types: 

  • International
  • Contemporary
  • Organic

If you’re thinking about remodeling your house following a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic, it’s important to understand the elements of each type to fully execute your vision.


The most straightforward, and effortless of the Mid-Century Modern styles is the International style. It was pioneered by international architects who drew their inspiration from the Bauhaus movement. These architects favored “simple” exteriors with stucco, flat roofs, open concept interiors, and large glass panes that combined indoor and outdoor living.


Perhaps the most popular of the Mid-Century Modern styles is the Contemporary style. It combines a layout of clean lines, double layer straight roofs and ridges, floor to ceiling windows with asymmetrical designs, exposed beams and more natural materials like wood, stone, and brick. This style also includes futuristic inspired architecture with sharp designs and unique shapes. Contemporary Mid-Century Modern architecture is more common in beach or desert cities.


Organic Mid-Century plays more with rounded and squared architecture. This style is often designed with slanted ridges on the roof, rounded shapes, smooth surfaces, and includes natural materials. Although the exterior for Organic is more experimental and unique, the interior is usually very minimal and clean. Organic interiors usually include light colors and natural wood touches with open shelving and large windows bringing in a lot of natural light.

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