Written by Evelyn Hodgens
Mid Century modern is an interior trend that has been growing in popularity and sweeping across the country over these past few years. And it’s easy to see why so many people are attracted to this paired back and simple style. Call it the ‘Mad Men’ effect, but all things mid-century are definitely a bang on trend right now. Like any trend, it’s important not to overdo the Mid-Century touches in your home: after all, no one wants to feel like their living in a time capsule, or their grandmother’s childhood front room! When done right, however, the Mid-Century trend can look fresh, modern, and truly stylish. Tempted to try this in your own home? Here are a few top tips for getting it right:
Clean Lines are Key
When choosing furniture for your mid-century inspired room, remember to choose pieces that are simple with uncomplicated clean lines. No-fuss functionality is one of the most important sign posts of Mid-century design.
Look for pieces constructed from simple natural materials with no visible hardware, such as a minimalist sideboard or TV stand. When choosing a dining table, something constructed from a light wood with rounded tapered legs is the very best option, particularly when paired with a set of truly mid-century Eames style dining chairs. Alternatively, if you have a lot of wooden pieces in your home already and want to introduce a new texture, then why not look to rounded glass or Perspex coffee and dining tables? Perspex was a new and innovative material during the Mid-Century period, so it was seen as unusual and decadent to use this in your home.
Finally, one of the most important pieces of furniture you will pick is your sofa. When it comes to choosing a modern sofa in a mid-century style, you really are spoiled for choice. You could choose to let any wooden details shine through, opting for a traditional mid-century sofa featuring teak wooden arms. Alternatively, look for a curved sofa with minimal detailing in a light and neutral shade. You can then choose to incorporate color into your home using accessories such as scatter cushions, vases, and other vibrant color pop accents.
Mid Century homes tend to stick to very neutral color schemes. White and pale grey are the two most commonly used base colors, and these shades look fantastic teamed with all of the natural accessories and wooden furniture. In fact, mid century style is very similar to modern Scandinavian style, in terms of the colors used. If you’re keen to add additional brighter color details to the room then look to traditional mid-century shades: think tangerine, mustard yellow, and vibrant aqua blue. These shades not only work fantastically on their own, they can also all be used together to fantastic and dramatic effect.
Lighting is very important to achieving the right mood in your mid-century home. Functional lamps are used to illuminate key areas and details, such as your sofa, dressing area, or dining table. The Arco floor lamp is a mid-century modern design classic, and would look fantastic paired with a simple mid-century sofa. This will make a great focal point for your room. If you’re trying to update your home on a budget though, simply paint your existing upright lamp white. Then replace the lampshade with a simple minimalist white one to achieve a similar effect, and at a fraction of the price. Finally, consider adding a table lamp to your space for additional lighting and ornamental appeal: low level mid-century furniture lends itself perfectly to being paired with tall table lamps to create an appealing contrast.
Where to Shop
No matter what your budget, the mid-century modern look is one that’s easy to achieve. You can buy some fantastic replica mid-century pieces from your local department store and new accessories to liven up your new interior are easy to source from regular stores too. If you would prefer authenticity, and are looking for original mid-century style then you’ll be amazed by the wide variety of places to hunt for your new treasured pieces. Try visiting online auction sites, such as eBay and thrift stores in your local area if you’re looking to bag a bargain. If you have a little more cash to spare then check out this great list of shops. There are also a wide variety of specific mid-century modern antique dealers right here in LA: they will be able to help you source all of the unique pieces your heart could possibly desire!
Written by Evelyn Hodgens. Evelyn is a first time guest blogger for Rhiannon’s Interiors and we look forward to seeing more from her.