If you wondered why the mid-century modern style lasted for so many decades… well, the answer is really simple. It’s all about functionality, clean lines, organic curves and the use of new contrasting materials. All these characteristic are still loved today and this cool trend shows no sign of going away and it also works great for small spaces.
Mid-century modern color palette
The first step in creating your mid-century modern space is to think about the color scheme. The traditional color palette ranged from bright hues in the 1950s to earthy colors in the 1960s, so this style works with a many different shades. Try using pastels or neutrals for the walls, remember that neutral colors never go out of style.
Keep all the furniture as simple as possible. Use horizontal lines for the bookcase and media wall. If you have a fireplace, choose a low minimalist design and place the TV above the hearth. For the accent wall work with with special materials like a concrete wall backdrop or large marble pieces.
If the Marshmallow Sofa , designed by George Nelson, is too eccentric for your living room, you can choose a sofa with wooden or stainless steel legs with an overall minimal and clean design. A great modern exemple is Knoll’s Florence sofa; for a more authentic look choose a brown leather finish.
As with any period style, don’t try to create an exact replica of those times. Instead, choose a few iconic, timeless pieces like the dining chairs or a the coffee table. Getting authentic pieces can be very expensive but many iconic pieces are being revived and adapted for more budget friendly options. If you’re a design aficionado you probably know all about the Eameses and their timeless designs. The plastic side chair DSR designed by Charles and Ray Eames can be used as a dining chair or as a side chair next to the sofa.
Complete the sitting area with a mid-century modern style table lamp. Choose a metallic lamp, like Tom Dixon’s Bell table lamp . Place it on a simple black side table next to the sofa and keep the rest of the lighting simple with recessed light fixtures.
Budget friendly mid-century modern style
For stylish finishing touches think about rugs, pillows, wall art and small decor. Remember to keep the space as functional and clutter free as possible. Even Ikea has a lot of decor and furniture to offer. The Stockholm collection is a great budget friendly option for accessories and even furniture pieces, all mid-century modern.