We hear this term a lot and especially lately – but what is mid century modern design?
It is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.
So why are we seeing it more and more these days? Well some may say that popular culture has made an impact. Popular TV shows like ‘Mad Men’ has really helped bring this era of home design, decor and fashion in the spot light again.
Why is it so appreciated?
Mid century modern’s emphasis on pared-down forms, contemporary patterns, natural materials and a seamless flow between indoors and out create a mix functional comfort and chic style. The look bridges the organic and the man-made, with one foot in the natural world and the other in brave new territory that still has the power to surprise us today. Clients are really like the ‘throwback’ feel and blending it with more current and organic styles. We love how all of these images look current and not like they are trapped in a time warp.
So what mid century modern decor elements are we seeing a lot of now?
And how can I bring some of this ‘mid century modern’ style into my space?
When it comes to style be unique.
We always recommend bringing in pieces you love – if you love it, you will make it work. Never feel like you have to fully commit to one style and one style of decor only. You can easily bring in mid century modern elements into your space without a total overhaul of what you already have. Any time you start to mix styles, it’s a good idea have a few elements of that style so that the overall look is cohesive and not random.
Mid century modern lighting is huge right now. It’s a great way to make a statement. Mid century modern lighting has a great sculptural element as well. This dining room with mid century modern lighting (and dining furniture) still looks current. The organic wood beams add character and some texture and offer great contrast with the brass finish light and accents. But the textured wall paper accent wall with oversized mirror makes this dining room big and bright – giving it a new and fresh look!
How can we keep this vintage light fixture look current?
Think about placement! Try adding a mid century modern light fixture in an unexpected room like a bedroom for instance. the mid century modern lighting in this room makes a bold statement and paired with a sideboard from the same era keeps a common thread in the room. The comeback of gold is also a nod to the mid century modern trend. We are seeing gold in lighting but also decorative accents.
Mid century modern furniture classics are also very popular – dining chairs, armchairs, coffee table, bookcases and more are all being mixed into rooms of all styles. This living room corner below has a mid century modern bookcase and chair but the black and white clean contemporary styling and accessories makes this room look cool and current.
Colour was something that was popular during that era – rugs, tile, art, wallpaper and more….add some pops of colour and some great combinations of colour. You will also notice this was an era that wasn’t afraid of mixing patterns and colour and texture!
We are also seeing a resurgence of the shapes from this mid century modern era. shapes play a big role in this design period – take a look at the geometric patterns in fabric and art. We are definitely seeing this trend in current day.
If none of these suggestions work for you – here’s what we suggest: have fun with your decor and don’t be afraid to take a risk!