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WHAT SHAPES ARE MID-CENTURY MODERN?

Clean straight lines and flowing organic curves are the main characteristics of mid-century modern décor. Other than that, simplicity in design and styling is key, along with a lack of ornamentation and a limited color palette. Moreover, mid-century modern décor was driven by advances in technology. At the same time, it was also inspired by the natural world. However, wood is the most widely used material for furniture. 

Another key element of early mid-century modern décor and architecture was geometric and circular shapes. The geometric designs that lent themselves to the bold, angularity of Art Deco design and later to mid-century modern décor was launched into prominence throughout western schemes in the roaring 1920s.

1. BRING IN WARMTH

Mid-century interior with warm colours
Mid-century interior with warm colours (Source BLOOMSCAPE.COM)

For a cozier take on the open-plan look, this mid-century modern bedroom has day bed in a corner. Moroever, the walls are in a deep blue shade adding up to the warmth of the bed.

The warmth of the natural hessian is accentuated with wooden bed and simple yet elegant decorations used.

2.   DON’T FORGO THE THINGS YOU LOVE 

In this mid-century modern home office, the homeowners arrange art, furniture and objects from varying eras with a sparing use of color combinations. With an emphasis on simple and pure designs, combined with the enduring beauty of wood, mid-century modern décor has a timeless appeal, which sits well with other styles both old and new.

Interior design your way
Interior design your way (Source FOYR.COM)

‘When designing a mid-century modern décor scheme, it is better to start with function. In order to create depth and character, neutral, textured backdrops with layers can be used. These are easy on the eye and comfortable to live with. When you mix with the function of the furniture selected, the layers keep the space from feeling like an art gallery or a museum.

3.  CRAFT A GROWN-UP SCHEME  

Nature provides the inspiration for many likes in this scheme’s welcoming, earthy palette. However, this is quite a grown-up mid-century modern room, and the seating arrangement reflects this. 

Interior design grown-up style
Interior design grown-up style (Source CURATEDINTERIOR.COM)

These color palettes feature neutral colors, such as greens, blues, russets, oranges and yellows. When you look at softer aspects within a space, opt for richer colors that can give a sense of warmth. If you are looking for a more trend led design then focus on investing in items with fringing or trims. They will add more depth to the design.

4.   MAKE THE MOST OF VINTAGE FINDS FROM DIFFERENT ERAS 

The outcome can be elegant and attractive if you are mixing deco, Bauhaus, mid-century. Sometimes, sticking to one era can be a bit one note. Rather than buying all your furniture new, if you take the time to curate and shop in a variety of places, you end up with a much more timeless room.

Mid-century vintage interior design
Mid-century vintage interior design (Source CRAZY4ME.COM)

It is always better look for a balance between vintage and contemporary. 

If you buy a new sofa maybe you can look for a vintage coffee table, so they offset one another.’

5.   CHOOSE MID-CENTURY MODERN LIGHT FIXTURES

When you are looking for mid-century lighting ideas, proportion is key for an understated look. A Mid-century metal design strikes the right note over a vintage table and chairs, as shown in the above room. 

interior design with modern and mid-century lighting
interior design with modern and mid-century lighting (Source ELLEDECOR.COM)

The way it glows from the end of each arm creates a great mood. Try keeping the gap between the base of an overhead light and the top of a dining table to about 30-40 inches. This gives functional illumination while still feeling warm and cozy.

The main purpose of mid-century modern decor is to improve daily life like Scandinavian design. Therefore, lighting should be about stylish elegance, and also about functionality. It should serve a purpose and stand the test of time. 

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