David Hicks — 19 midcentury living room designs, 22 photos

David Hicks — what genius interiors. Bold, but edited. Previously, I have shown some of his most outrageous, neon designs, published at the same time I compiled David Hicks: Biography and Comprehensive Online Guide. Then, I spotlighted 10 tablescapes by Hicks. Today: 22 photos of 19 luscious David Hicks living room designs — these are more classic: Classic-modern. Study these photos and you can learn a lot about elements of great interior design. All photos used with permission of The Estate of David Hicks.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Hicks is famous for his use of interlocking geometrics — usually seen in his rugs. Clever how the octagons in the rug repeat the octagons in the table. And spy: Monstera deliciosa, the iconic midcentury house plant.

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Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

How often do you see periwinkle and hot pink used together. Hicks backs off from this color combo from becoming cloying, but adding a clearer blue in the tables, and a clearer pink in the table lamps.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Details to note: Lucite coffee table “disappears”… built-in bookshelves… plug-in, swing-arm sconces. Butterscotch.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

I’m getting a disco vibe from this one. The mix of modern and antique is lovely.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Remember how back in the day, they used to drape round occasional tables in a tablecloth, and then scape them? That is a good idea worth reviving. And tulip chairs: Not just for the kitchen.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Another of the things I like about these interiors, is that they are not over-embellished. If you are an avid collector, it’s easy to  fill every corner… Maybe less is more, some times or for a change.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Even when Hicks uses light-colored carpets, its seems there is a tone-on-tone design. These are looking like early 1980s colors to me, and I’m liking them just fine. Notice again: Built-in shelves, this time with mirrors..

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Love this. What a great color, this 1970s (?) green… mixed with this 1970s (?) blue.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Same living room, different angle. Dig the window shade.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

This room is all about texture. Warmth.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Built-ins. Big art. Symmettry.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Restful backdrop to show off eclectic artwork. Dig the clear lucite fireplace screen.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Looks like this is a big room. One of many in a stately manor, perhaps?

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Ahh, same room as the photo prior, not as big as I thought, but still pretty big. I like the Pops of color.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

The room is old… The draperies say old-money… but the decor: Keeping up with the times.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

What an interesting angle. Apparently David Hicks was a master at designing for the camera. In this room, notice the flood light pointing toward the seating area… The pinch pleat hardware hidden behind a valance that spans the entire wall…well scaled art.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

You need a housekeeper to keep up with dusting all the vases and urns in this room…

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

I should do a story just on the coffee tables. He likes Parson’s tables, clear Lucite and on occasion, lacquer.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Wallpaper and zebra strips on wood parquet, oh my. I am thinking the inhabitants are off at the Disco right now.

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

I wanted to call that a day bed. But squinting, it looks like three pieces…

Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks

Little parson’s table – covered in the same design as the tablecloth across the room. Little bit of red in the draperies, pulling from the chairs. Herringbone wood floor, medium-rich brown finish.

When I die and go to heaven, I want to go decorating with David Hicks.

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Comments

  1. Jeff says

    Love this post, Pam, Hicks was a favorite of mine as well- in fact, about 8 years ago I bought the contents of an estate that was eventually demolished for a “McMansion” in Highland Beach, Florida on the ocean that Hicks had decorated in the late 60’s.

    Best hightlights were of course, the view, but the living room had large scale black and white houndstooth pattern carpeting punctuated with chinese red/orange lacquered furniture- not only did I buy the furnishings, but he carpets as well, removed them and re-sold them.

    Also, just a note, the final Hicks photo you posted shows a Karl Springer python clad parsons table- had this table in my inventory several times over the years- no longer in business, this Springer table would bring about 8,000 bucks in today’s market.

    • pam kueber says

      WOWOWOW! I would have loved to have seen that house, lucky you! And thanks for the tip on the Springer python table — now we can all watch for these in our estate sale travels!!

  2. TappanTrailerTami says

    Well, let’s see…….I’m on the fence about David Hicks. There are elements I like, but as a whole, these rooms all come off as too “designery” for my tastes.

    My favorite rooms are those you post from your readers’ homes because they all tend to have that “I live here and love my house” look, which is what a home is all about!

  3. Just another Pam says

    I’ve been finding myself inordinately drawn to the just about every shade of green and turquoise or aqua these days so, yes, I liked a lot of that room too.

    “Back in the day”? Ouch….listen here little Missy….;o). The thing about the tablecloths over round tables it’s very helpful to not have any pets that shed as I had to brush mine a minimum of once every day and wash them at least once a week. Tablecloths that touch the floor also make excellent hidden nests if you apply a little kitty weight to them….sometimes the taller stuff doesn’t survive. Obviously the dog’s fault, the cats told me so.

  4. Sarah g (roundhouse) says

    I love these patterned carpets! So bold and colorful! I wish that they were more accessible for the masses… The only ones like that are usually available by custom order or through a designer and that’s soooo expensive. Then you have some commercial carpets that are printed but they are so cheesy, usually looks like it belongs in a casino or movie theatre…

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