As with the overall aesthetic of MCM architecture, the interior design of the completed home was inspired by the Bauhaus movement from Germany. Large expanses of glass led to an un-obstructed view from the inside to the outside. Note the linear design of vertical lines juxtaposing the horizontal planes to create tension and excitement. The textural elements of wood and concrete add to the interest of MCM design.
The design of MCM interiors incorporated the following finishes: pendant lights typically made of fiberglass or metal, hardwood or tile floors, vaulted ceilings of fir, cedar or mahogany. Furniture followed the clean aesthetic of the Danish MCM movement as well: clean lines made of maple, teakwood or mahogany, tapered legs often finished with a copper cap at the tip. The furniture was often covered in wool or leather and new-age manmade materials such as vinyl or lucite.
The addition of a fireplace anchors the room by its scale, the use of materials and surface texture (in this example, oversized green glazed ceramic tiles is used for an eye opening use of color). Often added as a design element and not used for heating the home, the fireplace remains “the heart of the home” in many original MCM homes in the Portland area.