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How to Design a Mid-Century Modern Home

Mid-century modern is a design style known for its shift from more traditional design elements into a more futuristic look.

This design style is very popular today as it is completely adaptable, clean and timeless. But in order to execute it properly, you have to know what you’re doing, of course! We’re happy to walk you through the key elements of one of our favorite styles. 

We hope you’re now well acquainted with the new Fresh Start Season, Redecorator, and have taken time to explore the remarkable new changes. Within this Season you’ll get to experience several interior design styles rather than just one. One style that we want to introduce you to is the trendy and desired mid-century modern style. 

This design style is very popular today as it is completely adaptable, clean and timeless. But in order to execute it properly, you have to know what you’re doing, of course! We’re happy to walk you through the key elements of one of our favorite styles. 

What is Mid-century Modern?

Mid-century modern is a design style known for its shift from more traditional design elements into a more futuristic look. It first became popular in the 1950’s and 60’s and features clean lines, muted colors, functionality and simplicity. People began to swap frilly ornate pieces with modern, straightforward furniture. The style continued to be popular until the 1980s and had a resurgence in the 90’s. 

What are some important elements of mid-century modern design?

Lean Towards Minimalism

Mid-century modern interior design is one without frills and extras. Furniture is often sleek and utilizes simple and geometric shapes. The focus is on statement pieces rather than small ornaments. You can consider getting a vintage coffee table, plants and angular accents. The less clutter, the better.

Functionality is Key

As mentioned above, the style leans towards being more simple, but that doesn’t mean any less beautiful. The pieces in a mid-century modern room will focus on functionality. Every piece has its place and purpose. The functionality of mid-century modern comes from when this style was born- it was developed during a time where practicality over opulence was emphasized.

Combine Neutrals with Bold Colors

If you want to color your room the classic mid-century modern way, you’ll want to use bright accent colors against neutral colors. We recommend choosing a neutral wall color that speaks to you and then decorate with a bright colored statement piece like a couch or rug. Colors used in this design style can be very earthy with rich greens, browns, blues and deep reds. 

Use Natural Elements

Mid-century modern design is one that aims to blend manmade elements with natural elements. Wood, glass, metal, marble and other natural materials are used next to metal and plastic. And houseplants are the perfect mid-century modern accessory to add life into your design and bring nature indoors. 

Mid-century modern interior design is still used today because of its emphasis on simplicity, natural elements and functionality, which often also makes it quite affordable. We’re excited to highlight this style at Redecor and hope the challenges in the game give you a little insight into how this style can be implemented. 

Do you have a mid-century modern home? Or do you want one? Share your ideas and questions on our social media channels. We’re sure your fellow Redecorators will love to chat with you and see what you’ve got!


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