The Official Guide To A Mid-century Modern Home
May 23, 2016 7:23:40 AM
Everything you need to know about the mid-century modern home that you’ve always dreamed of achieving! 10 tips and rules for a full proof, beautiful and charming mid-century modern home that won’t look like you’ve just stepped into a time capsule. Because this so-called is here to stay so might as well start sooner than later!
1. Update The Colors
The original mid-century modern colors will definitely give the interior space an outdated look, choose more neutral tones within the mid-century modern color scheme for an elegant atmosphere without straying away from the intended style and theme. Another way to design the interior space is to not include all the original color schemes of the mid-century modern era but choose 2 or 3 colors you admire and stick to it, keep in mind more colors will come when choosing decor!
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2. Keep It Open
An open and airy floor plan will automatically make your interior space a typical mid-century modern space, it’s all about eliminating unnecessary aspects and working with the essentials and letting it shine. Mid-century modern was about togetherness, entertaining while keeping up with other tasks. An open layout forces one to create a flow that is comforting as well as harmonious and all the while knowing how to distinct one particular area from another.
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3. 1 Accent Piece For Each Space
The mid-century modern era is known for its bold interiors but not overwhelming, two ideas on the opposite side of the spectrum but when you find the balance, it works wonders. Bring one accent piece into the interior space and let it compliment its surroundings. An accent piece is intended to be strong and bold in personality, having just one accent piece will give more wiggle room to marry each element tastefully.
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4. Don’t Forget The Outdoor Space
The outdoor space has played an important role during the mid-century modern era; just after the war, people started to relax more and start entertaining. From where it all started, Palm Springs has a nice and dry weather, who wouldn’t want to spend their days and nights outside, by the pool. The mid-century modern era was exceptionally fun, it was the beginning for a fresh start so why not do it right. The mid-century modern era valued their outdoor living just as much as indoor living.
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5. “Keep It Simple But Significant”
As Don Draper from the award-winning tv series drama, Mad Men said, “Keep It Simple But Significant.” This will always stand true no matter what era, respect the function of things by eliminating decorative details. There is beauty in simplicity, appreciate and admire the mid-century moderns philosophy of pure forms and clean lines, no wonder the designs of the mid-century modern era will always be timeless. The mid-century modern era was charming and sexy, why would anyone want to stray from that?!
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6. Contrast In Furniture & Accessories
The mid-century modern furniture designs were simple yet elegant with little to no decorative detail to highlight its necessary elements. With its clean, smooth, and pure forms in design comes the need for the opposite for decor and accessories. If you haven’t noticed already how the two have very different styles yet still part of the mid-century modern ideas and themes just proves the various directions they have explored. The mid-century modern era also welcomed sharp edge geometrics, pairing beautifully with the furniture designs.
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7. Non-traditional Materials
Most often than not, when we think of mid-century modern, we think of elevated sideboards and sofas, and of course the iconic Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chair, Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, and so forth. We forget that many unique styles arose during this period of time. What we view as retro today when we encounter the clear plastic ghost chairs, Warren Platner arm chairs, and Poul Henningsen’s lighting fixtures are also part of the mid-century modern era. The use of plastic, glass, and other non-traditional materials have identified its style in the modernist/bauhaus category. These pieces give off a whimsical vibe that was ever so present during those times.
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8. Uncomplicated Aesthetic
Just because the design is straightforward and simple doesn’t mean the design process itself was not complicated. It is more difficult to simplify something without eliminating beauty. The mid-century modern has discovered beauty in the bare essentials and has successfully let it shine by showcasing character and personality without adding any decorative details. Uncomplicated aesthetic in the sense that seems simple but nevertheless easy to accomplish.
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9. Vintage Is A Must
When decorating an interior space mid-century modern, it’s almost necessary to welcome a vintage item to bring the look together, it makes the interior space a little more authentic when adding original pieces from the era. Be picky about what you bring into your interior space, not all vintage items from the mid-century modern era might work. Vintage items are more out there in its style and design, it’s important to choose your find in such a way that will help improve your interior space for that mid-century modern look and feel.
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10. Basic Is Not Boring