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.
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.
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.