Mid-century modern decor has had a resurgence in the last few years, due to its clean lines and simplicity. A broad term that encompasses design styles of the 30s to the mid 60s (though it’s often specifically associated with the 50s), this period in furniture has roots in the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t surprising when you consider many pieces were made with an eye to practicality and eliminating unnecessary details. Currently, mid-century modern is back in vogue with a slightly softer and more feminine look to keep it fresh. Read on for our tips on how to incorporate these designs into your home.
Start With Coffee Tables And Dining Chairs
If you are new to mid-century modern decor, ease yourself in by starting with medium size pieces like coffee tables or dining chairs. These relatively affordable pieces are a way to incorporate the look without going over budget. Further, many styles exist which are current updates of the classic mid-century look, and should blend easily with your current decor. Look for hairpin and splayed legs as a nod to the era, while keeping colours soft such as aqua or blush, which updates the look.
While it’s great to use pieces that blend mid-century and current styles, you can also mix and match with true vintage accessories. Shopping vintage is a great way to get one-of-a-kind pieces that will pop. Tables, sideboards, and lamps are good finds at these boutiques. For lamps, look for curvy bases and tall, slim shades. For tables and sideboards, natural wood finishes are a classic mid-century modern hallmark.
Browse Etsy For Wall Art
Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage items, is a wonderful place to shop for mid-century modern decor. This is a great tip if you don’t have any reliably good brick and mortar vintage stores in your location. Etsy works remarkably well for wall art; look for graphic designs in bold colours. Retro posters and throwback prints are abundant at this online shop and just what you’ll need to complete your room.
Ease Yourself In With Accessories
Especially if you’re on a budget, or someone who has experienced buyer’s remorse, start with accessories. Decorative metal bowls or sculptural vases are small, affordable items which can make a big impact on a room. Once you’ve lived with your mid-century modern decor for a few weeks you can expand into bigger pieces to tie the room together.
Mid-century modern decor has a timelessness that sits well with current styles. This forward-thinking design ethos still feels fresh today, and there are so many creative ways to add it into your home! Thanks for following along and be sure to keep an eye on the Medallion blog for more design tips.