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What Characterizes a Mid-Century Modern Home?

The Mid-Century Modern style originates from the 1930s to 1960s and has survived events like wars and destruction. However, the quality of this style is timeless and is still very much appreciated today.

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The enduring popularity of Mid-Century Modern Homes is based on many factors. It gave us clean lines, gentle organic curves, a love for different materials and designers that are idolized even today.

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This style has some distinguishing features, that consist of a classic, understated look, and clean lines with minimal fuss.

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As also in the Scandinavian style, the space needs to be uncluttered since functionality is important and form follows function.

New methods of construction and new materials such as plastic, dramatically influenced later Mid-Century Modern designers. Plastic was used for its own qualities rather than to imitate wooden furniture.

Key aspects are:

  • Functionality is important, as form follows function
  • Uncluttered and sleek lines with both organic and geometric forms
  • Minimal ornamentation
  • An exploration of different traditional as well as non-traditional materials
  • The juxtaposition of different, and sometimes contrasting materials

Color

Color palettes in this style are natural and warm. A vast range of colors, including colors from neutral to bold, and graphic use of black and white. The color palette here is huge, ranging from natural, dim tones to bold and vibrant hues.

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You can combine a pale neutral wall with bold colorful accents. The pale walls accentuate the bold features in the room, making them appear more expensive and luxurious.

The traditional accents in the Mid-Century Modern style are colors like mustard yellow, moss green, and tangerine orange.

Furniture

Regarding furniture, wood is the option to go with but also classical brown leather sofas are a typical characteristic for the Mid-Century Modern. 

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Lighting

Typically, lights are bold and creative and tend to be hanging lights rather than wall mounted lights or downlighters. Also using multiple lights such as standing lamps or table lamps is encouraged.

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Accessories

Mid-century style, in particular, doesn’t have an abundance of accessories as it has little clutter and focuses more on big expensive statement pieces.

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