The mid-century movement spanned from the early 30s to the 60s and was largely borne from the rise of new technologies and an improved economy after the end of the Second World War. It encompasses art, architecture, and design – but we’re mainly focusing on mid-century home decor, which has earned its place in history as one of the most iconic home decor styles. Understanding what the mid-century design ethos was is important to help us understand how we can still use their tenets in our own homes today.
If you’re looking to create a space that combines modern and mid-century design, these are 3 general rules to follow when creating that space:
1. Create a good mix of modern and mid-century
When we talk about creating a modern mid-century home, you should carefully consider what in the space will be modern and what will be a throwback to the mid-century. Go too far with the mid-century accents and you’ll risk owning a room that looks prop-like, but if go too subtle, you risk losing the point of reference completely. Generally, we recommend sticking to modern floors to give your room a direct punch of modernism, giving you the room to put in as many mid-century pieces as you wish. Polished concrete floors are perfect for this and we have great options for flooring Orlando at affordable rates.
2. Choose pieces that are true to the spirit of mid-century design
Mid-century furniture pieces are so popular and in-demand because they have such a clear and distinct design language. Essentially, mid-century furniture had four characteristics: organic, simple and minimal, functional, and accessible. They are simple and functional pieces that were made to work for everyone, but are always beautifully hand-crafted. So even if you find furniture made in the same era, you will want to keep an eye out for these 4 characteristics to really find something that speaks to a true mid-century design.
3. Use the appropriate colors (but thoughtfully)
Color is part of the mid-century decor style and it is something that can be very easily integrated if you’re looking to make a space reference mid-century design. Bright hues like red and pink were characteristic in the 50s, while muted earthy colors were typical in the 60s. You can either choose to go with these two ways by adding these pops of color to the room, but if color intimidates you, choosing neutral colors is a safe but era-appropriate option.