To start your Mid-Century Modern redesign, imagine a sterile modern style and slowly add in pieces that are adorned in shades of pumpkin orange, avocado green, and mustard yellow. Pick smoky greys for walls to showcase pops of Mad Men-inspired shades, be brave in choosing more intense accent hues. On the other hand, if you leave your walls lighter, you give yourself the freedom to be daring with your Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories.
Mid-Century Modern design became iconic because it successfully combines urban decor with natural materials. Exposed wood, earth-tone palettes, and natural light are all key components. Pull in plants and chic terrariums to breathe life into any space.
Although there are many materials that make up a Mid-Century Modern home, wood may be the most prominent. Both elementary and polished, exposed wood brings nature’s best decor inside the home. Wood surfaces and details take the edge off Mid-Century’s sharp lines and teak takes center stage in many pieces of furniture.
Of course, every space needs a little shine. Sharpen your home’s look with metallic accents in light fixtures, mirrors, and other accessories. Space race-inspired metals — think brass and chrome — take flight! Starburst clocks and Sputnik style light fixtures are important for a curated Mid-Century Modern design.
Don’t judge this book by its cover. Tweed and wood combine their powers to pull playful patterns and chic accessories down to Earth. Tweed may look rough and scratchy, however it can be quite soft and is an ideal way to add a textured touch to the clean lines that dominate this design aesthetic.