The emphasis of midcentury modern style on contemporary patterns, natural materials, sleek yet interesting forms, and a smooth transition between indoors and outdoors create a combination of chic style and functional comfort. This design philosophy bridges manmade and organic elements that can look very understated, yet bold at the same time.
Here’s how to incorporate midcentury modern elements into your home design.
Seamless Indoor to Outdoor Flow
If you have the resources to knock down a wall or two, or install a massive glass window, go for it. Otherwise, leave your existing windows bare to prevent obscuring the view outside. You can also opt to install some skylights or go for accent pieces with natural motifs.
Bold Graphic Patterns
The midcentury modern design aesthetic is not shy about patterns. Think of a statement Pucci chair. It is all about in-your-face geometrics, whimsical motifs, and sensuous and strong curves that will give any room that statement graphic punch. For some added weight and texture, you can incorporate fabrics like wool knits and burlap.
Iconic Furniture and Accents
Midcentury design was significantly driven by mass-produced, innovative furnishings. These days, however, those same pieces can be very expensive, but you can opt for reinterpretations that can offer the same overall look and feel. If you have the means, you can splurge on an authentic signature piece that you can use for anchoring the space and then just use other furnishings that go well with it even if they are not true to the midcentury period.
Pure Forms and Sleek Lines
The interiors of midcentury homes are all about ease of living and organic style that you can clearly see in the trappings and structure. Floor plans and furnishings are stripped down to their core elements, without unnecessary flourishes and detailing. So, opt for statement objects and furnishings on display and showcase them as centerpieces of simpler rooms.
Arco floor lamps, bubble lamps, and Sputnik chandeliers are all examples of midcentury lighting that can give any space a dramatic flair. While these lighting fixtures are sculptural and striking enough to be considered as design motifs and art, function is still paramount. When incorporating light fixtures like these, find a space where you can showcase them.
Perfect Balance of Bright and Neutral Colors
Earthy and warm hues, primarily through natural woods dominating the space, are vital to the palette of midcentury modern design. At the same time, this aesthetic also uses saturated and rich hues to enliven a space. But what is probably the best thing with regards to color in midcentury modern design is that there are really no strict rules. If you want gold, teal, oxblood red, avocado or everything in between, then by all means, go for it.
Incorporating midcentury modern design elements into your home can be a bit tricky, but given the right elements and knowing what to do with them will make your job a whole lot easier. So take cues from above and do not forget to have fun!