Mid-century modern design is one of the timeless interior design styles that continue to capture our attention and imagination. It reached for the ultimate balance between the aesthetically pleasing and practical comfort. This functional beauty means there is plenty of variation to be found in mid-century homes. This makes it both difficult and easy to capture its spirit in your own home. To help you out, we’ll walk you through the most characteristic features of mid-century modern design.
Integration with nature
For mid-century modern homes, the relation between indoors and outdoors is important. Open floor plans, ample windows, skylights, sliding doors and patios open up the view to the outside world. At the same time, furniture is also designed to be a harmonious marriage between the natural and the manmade. The results are natural motifs and organic shapes. And of course, plants. Lots of indoor plants.
Colours & tones
Mid-century design is full of warm and earthy colours, not in the least because of there is a preference for natural wood. But that doesn’t mean it’s a monotonous palette. In many mid-century modern homes, accents of saturated colour enrich the interior. From soft blue to bright yellow, you can choose from pretty much the whole colour spectrum.
Period art and accents
Considering mid-century design roughly spans the period between the 40’s and 70’s of the 1900s, there is a hell of a lot of art to choose from. If you’re unsure what to pick, reproductions of famous art works by the likes of Hockney, Pollock, Calder and Lichtenstein are a good place to start. Just as the interior design style, mid-century modern art work reflects an exciting era where bold, modern shapes and patterns were brought into the homes of the average family.
Function & simplicity
Function was very important to mid-century designers. Furniture and architecture had to cater to the needs of the average family. To give it a modern edge, simple lines and pure, essential forms were used. There were no unnecessary details or excess flourishes. This clean simplicity brought about a functional beauty that resulted into products serving their purpose with organic grace.
Mid-century modern patterns were anything but modest. Bold motifs, striking geometrics and strong curves unabashedly dressed homes throughout. Natural fabrics with a rich texture such as wool knits, burlap or fluffy fur add wonderful warmth to the interior. But be warned: be careful not to over-do it when using these dramatic fabrics.
Ah, our favourite subject. Mid-century modern homes were full of ground-breaking lights that used curvy, organic forms in surprising ways. They are such eye-catchers that they often define the space they’re in. Many modern designer lights still take inspiration from this, as is obvious in the Retro Drop pendant light and Tilted Tripod floorlamp from our collection.
Functional, ground-breaking, organic and modern – mid-century design has it all. What do you find most inspiring about these mid-century modern homes?
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