... Mid-Century Modern, that is!
With shows like Mad Men, the popularity of Mid-century Modern design has seen a huge resurgence. Whether you’re of the baby-boomer generation who grew up with this style, or you simply like clean lines and beautiful, functional pieces, you might find yourself drawn to this sleek style.Mid-century Modern describes an era of style and design that began in the mid-1940s and continued into the mid-1960s. At the time, architecture was greatly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s environmental focus and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s functional structures. Most of these homes included expansive windows, open layouts and materials such as glass, wood, metal and concrete. Interiors complemented the archtecture with furniture made of natural resources and sleek, modern plastic accessories. Each piece had a function and lines were clean and simple.
As styles re-emerge, they’re often paired with more contemporary elements in order to span time and to insure they don’t look dated. Midcentury pieces do span time pretty well on their own, as they are characterized by clean, simple lines and natural finishes. Southwest Florida’s homes — built with open floorplans and large windows that take advantage of our views — lend themselves perfectly to the Mid-century design aethetic. However, not many people want to live in a time capsule.
Let wood details take center stage. Many Mid-century pieces are made from teak (and other woods), where the wood finishes are kept simple so that the wood’s characteristics can shine.
Neutral is better. The Midcentury style is all about showcasing quality pieces. So try keeping your walls white (or another light neutral color) so that your artwork and other punches of color stand out.
Decorate with vintage accessories. Outfit your coffee table with ‘60s-inspired accessories — like a metal bowl, blown glass accents, or sculptural vases.
Go totally retro. Take the Midcentury look to the ultimate by creating a space entirely furnished with ‘60s-inspired pieces, or with ‘60s-inspired color palette. Think: bubble lamps, sunbursts, statement chandeliers, mustard, avocado, and tangerine. But keep in mind that with Mid-century design, less is more; subtlety and craftsmanship are much of what makes Mid-century styles timeless.
Mix traditional and modern. Mid-century style isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Pair a clean-lined Mid-century sofa with a traditional coffee table or lamps.
If you’d like help incorporating Mid-century Modern design into your home, shop Fresh Interiors Home Decor & Design. Whether you’re looking for a single item or want to totally remake your space, our home decor boutique and full-service interior design studio are here for you!