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Interior Style Guide: Mid-Century Modern

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Recently, a lot of vintage décor elements like wood flooring, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and clean-lined furniture have been making their way into modern homes. These elements draw their inspiration from a very popular interior style called mid-century modern.

In this blog, we talk about this timeless style and give you some tips on introducing it to your home:

Get to know it

As the name suggests, this design movement rose to popularity between the mid 1930s and mid 1960s in post-war America. Renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is widely recognized as the pioneer of this movement. However, it is the collective influence of designers from the time, like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and LeCorbusier that shaped the mid-century modern aesthetic, as we know it today.

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 Designs from this period are commonly described as clean, sophisticated, sleek, and minimalist. A typical mid-century modern house features open floor plans, sliding glass doors, flat roofs and split-level structures. Indoor and outdoor spaces are unified, forging a seamless connection with nature.

Another important design detail is the use of real wood as opposed to pressed wood. Generous use of finished and unfinished wood extends to furniture, floor tiles, door, cabinets and ceilings.

Get the look

Here are some ways in which you can adopt the mid-century modern aesthetic:

Colour Palette: Dark neutral tones with accent colours are central to a mid-century colour palette. It’s key to remember the evergreen 60-30-10 decorating rule. This means that 60% of the space should be dominated by your base colour. 30% is the secondary colour, to be used half as much as the base colour. 10% is your accent colour. Accents in your living room area could be cushions, decorative pieces or artwork.

Furniture: Pick furniture featuring straight, clean lines with smooth curves. Fancy ornamentation or patterns are rarely used, so stick to solid colours and keep it as simple as possible.

Lighting: The minimalist approach also holds true for lighting.  Floor lamps and table lamps with straight lines and gentle curves fit the bill. Look for pieces made of finished metal or wood legs. Pendant fixtures are also hallmarks of this style, and because they come with retractable cords, they can be easily adjusted to suit your lighting requirements.

Other Décor Elements: Glass is an important element in creating a transparent, minimalist feel. You could also mimic the glass effect by using mirror finish wall tiles in the living area. When it comes to other home accessories like cushions, table runners and rugs, ethnic patterns work best to create the mid-century-inspired feel.

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On August 9, 2017

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