By Najwa Mroue
This is the age of Nostalgia. Our renewed fascination with the “old school”, from Instagram filters to vintage fashion is a clear indication that we are looking back at happy memories and making them rele
vant to us.
In interiors, embracing the “Retro” pushed Mid Century Modern design into the
limelight. This significant design movement began in the 1940s (and stretched until the late 1970s) as a cheerful and bold response to the bleak ambiance created by the Second World War.
It was the age of using striking accent colours, experimenting with different materials and embracing fun patterns.
The attention to detail and the incredible craftsmanship lead to the creation of some iconic pieces, a fabulous fusion of function and Art.
Modern takes of this style are becoming increasingly popular as they add sophistication and vibrancy to both traditional homes and new builds.
Are you ready to take your home back to the 1950s? Here are some guidelines to help you achieve the Mid Century Modern Look:
- Chose the right colour scheme:
Choosing a neutral colour pallet for the walls and ceilings is the starting point of achieving the mid century look. Anything from pure white to light grey and beige works. Then bring the room to life by injecting some saturated accent colours through furniture and accessories. Don’t be afraid of being adventurous; mustard, green and orange were favourites at that time.
- Lighting is key:
Lighting is a very important aspect of interior design.
The focal point of a Mid Century Modern living or dining room should always be a vibrant and quirky ceiling lamp. Favourites are sputnik chandeliers with some exposed bulbs and straight rods. Other types include pendants with geometric shapes, curves and glamorous metallics.
- Explore different materials:
Real wood is an essential feature of the Mid Century design movement. Teak shelves, walnut coffee tables and rosewood sideboards add sophistication to a room. But overpopulating a room with many wooden items can make the space busy and uninspiring. Why not try other materials that were popular at that time to break the ice? Resin, plastic and fiberglass were used to create some interesting pieces. The famous Eames DSW chair was the first industrially produced plastic chair. The Saarinen dining table created for Knoll consisted of a white aluminum base supporting the Italian marble top. The visual simplicity of the background will let all these materials show off.
- Become a flea market connoisseur
Whilst the high street is offering an abundance of Mid Century inspired items at reasonable prices, there is nothing like a genuine design classic to warm up your place. But those items can be very pricey. Instead, try and
look for genuine old pieces by visiting flea markets.
If you don’t mind a very early start of the day, flea markets are the best. There is no better feeling than rummaging around endless stalls looking for those gems and stumbling upon a George Nelson or Noguchi within budget. Sudbury antiques market is my favourite.
Owning such items is not only a pleasurable sight but an investment that will last for generations.
5.Embrace the patterns:
Mid Century Modern combines clean lines with eclectic accents. You can use accessories with fun patterns and bold geometric designs to complement the rest of the room. These accents can be curtains, cushions, rugs , Art and wallpaper. But make sure there is a connection and balance between the backdrop and the accents, otherwise the room can look too over cluttered.
Mid Century interiors are timeless and will blend in no matter what the style of the property is. So with these tools in mind, you can now personalise your space and create sophisticated retro inspired home.