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5 Steps to a Mid Century Modern Home

Looking at pictures of mid-century modern decor is easy, but when it comes to actually incorporating the look into your own home, you’re going to need a lot more strategy. Here are five steps to help you strategize your mid-century modern home – and some easy-to-look-at pictures along the way!

1. Glam Up.

Mid-century design may have focused on minimalism, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t retain a ‘memento’ of the high-gam decor of traditional Victorian homes. Top off a mid-century modern room with a shiny accent piece or a luxe velvet pillow for an authentic vintage feel.

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2. Choose Low-to-the-Ground Seating.

When it comes to mid-century modern, the sleeker and lower the profile, the better. Opt for chairs, beds and sofas with shorter-than-normal legs or bases to maintain the simplicity of mid-century modern.

3. Texturize.

In the 1950s and ‘60s, homeowners were looking toward the future of design – without fully letting go of traditional elements. The result? A mix of colors (bold + neutral), but especially textures. To bring the mid-century mindset into your home, combine natural wood finishes, sleek metals and cozy upholstery.

4. Go Retro.

Get in the mid-century modern mindset with ‘blasts from the past.’ Incorporate distressed finishes reminiscent of vintage furnishings and bold, Warhol-like paintings to seal off a retro feel.

5. Reinvent Geometry.

Geometry is very mid-century; in a nutshell, geometric shapes are to mid century modern what baseball and apple pie is to America. In the 1950s, modern American homes embraced the clean lines of geometric shapes and patterns – and the sleek aesthetic they created. Look for rugs, pillows and wall art that incorporate intersecting lines and modular shapes to add a pop of geometry into your space – and define a mid-century look.

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