If you are looking to change your homes decor to that of a Mid-Century modern style, there are a few design secrets you should know before getting started. First off I suggest, if you haven’t already, set aside some time for researching this unique design. Get a feel for the architecture of that era, the interior design principles, and the overall mindset and motivations behind the design.
Familiarize yourself with every aspect of the movement. Study pictures and floor-plans and get a well versed understanding, and feel, of the overall look that defines the style and period. Remember that Mid-Century modern design is marked by the minimalist attributes of clean, simple lines and neutral, monochromatic colour tones, along with “minimal” clutter. Stay away from overcrowding or overdoing a space. Less is best when it comes to Mid-Century modern design.
With your choice of furniture, stick to simple designs, colours and textures. Mix clean simple lines of vintage or retro furniture with hardwood floors and patterned area rugs. According to your budget you can buy vintage or reproduction furniture in keeping with the style of the era: plastics, stainless steel, sleek woods and glass. Use the placement of your furniture to create intimate seating arrangements. Don’t get distracted from your goal… think minimalism.
If you are on a limited budget but still really want original pieces, you could check at auctions, flea markets, estate sales and thrift stores. You may be pleasantly surprised at what gems show up for a real bargain. I’m not saying you will find designer originals but you may uncover some quality reproductions produced during that era. The marriage of Mid-Century with modern design magically happens when you blend vintage with state-of-the-art furniture, accessories and art work. You are trying to achieve the effect of simplicity, or minimalism, while still offering an aura of complexity.
While there seem to be many rules that govern Mid-Century modern interior design, don’t allow yourself to be bullied into creating a design that is boring or generic. Always make sure you put your personal stamp on your designing. You want your surroundings to reflect your personality and flare while staying within the design parameters of that era.