Get the Look: Mid Century Modern

09-08-2017
by T Thomas

Decorating your home can be a really exciting task, especially when you’ve chosen a theme or style that you really love. Here, we’re going to focus on getting that mid century modern style that is on trend right now.

The Distinguishing Features Of Mid Century Style

Mid century sofaThere are a few distinguishing features of mid century style. The look is nearly always classic and understated, but in no way does this mean that they are the same.

Functionality is a huge factor in any mid century style - your home must be functional to work well. The design is usually considered uncluttered and sleek, with minimal ornamentation to avoid creating visual clutter and a feeling of messiness. Mid century chairYour mid century style can still be textured and interesting, you just need to make sure you select your items carefully.

In most cases, both traditional and nontraditional materials can be used. It isn’t uncommon to use contrasting materials either, such as wood and plastics together.

When it comes to colors, pretty much anything goes. You may find a graphic use of black and white appealing, or prefer to use colors from neutral to bold. Whatever you like, you can make it work in this style. 

Include Signature Furniture Pieces

Mid century tablesSignature furniture pieces will make the difference between a mid century style that stands out and one that falls flat. Buying vintage and antique furniture is always the way to go, as they give far more style and character than replica pieces. One large piece can set the tone you want, so make sure you’re really selective when it comes to your sofa.

Don’t include too many patterns in your furniture or any room - you can use a pattern, but too many of them won’t look right for this style. Ideally, you want to go for a retro feel, using things like unusual lamps, tapered legs and curves for furniture, and warm woods to create the look. Natural and textured finishes work really well in mid century style, so things like linen, felt, teak, walnut, oak and rosewood can all be used. Make sure there’s no glossiness or sparkle here - it will not go with the look you’re trying to achieve.Mid century desk

Unique pendant lights look amazing in a mid century style home; they’ll add texture and can almost be like a piece of hanging art. Ornate mirrors are great too, especially sunburst style mirrors. Remember, this is not a matchy matchy style so you don’t need to go on the hunt for matching sets and such. You can mix and match where you feel appropriate to create the right look.

Mid century artMake sure that you don’t clutter walls with art and instead go for higher end pieces - a couple of bold, high quality pieces will always work better than lots of cheaper pieces.

Hopefully this guide has helped you to create the mid century style you love in your home - remember, investing in genuine vintage and antique will always create the best look imaginable!

Browse our current catalogue of mid century furniture online or contact us on 07799 660323 to arrange an appointment.

 
 
Mid Century Italian Bar, Gio Ponti style

Mid Century Italian Bar, Gio Ponti style

  £5,200.00
   
Italian Console and Mirror c1950

Italian Console Table and Mirror c1950

  £3,250.00
   
Jacques Adnet Leather and Brass Coat Hook

Jacques Adnet Leather and Brass Coat Hook

  £2,800.00
   
Mid Century Teak Sideboard by Johannes Andersen

Mid Century Teak Sideboard by Johannes Andersen

  £2,250.00
 
 
Cocktail Trolley in Rosewood by Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg

Cocktail Trolley in Rosewood by Johannes Andersen for Silkeborg

  £1,450.00
   
French Rosewood Art Deco Side Hall Table

French Rosewood Art Deco Side Hall Table

  £850.00
   
Chinese Elm 19th Century Horseshoe Chair

Chinese Elm 19th Century Horseshoe Chair

  £850.00
   
A Pair Halabala Chairs H269 c1930

A Pair of Halabala Chairs H269 c1930

  £3,250.00
 
 
Art Deco Commode in Walnut, Italian c1930

Art Deco Commode in Walnut, Italian c1930

  £2,250.00
   
Pair of French Leather Club Chairs

Pair of French Leather Club Chairs

  £2,650.00
   
Art Deco Cabinet

Art Deco Cabinet

  £1,150.00
   
danish rosewood desk

Danish Rosewood Desk c1960

  £1,450.00
 
 
art deco table

French Art Deco Side Table c1920

  £950.00
   
art deco desk

Art Deco Desk in Rosewood, French 1920

  £1,850.00
   
art deco cabinet

Art Deco Walnut Cabinet c1930

  £950.00
   
coconut chairs vitra

Pair of Coconut Chairs by Vitra

  £2,200.00
 
 
french leather club chairs

French Leather Club Chairs c1940

  £2,150.00
   
art deco sideboard

Art Deco Sideboard Black Piano Finish c1930

  SOLD
   
french leather club chairs

Pair of Moustache Back French Leather Club Chairs

  SOLD
   
Art Deco Fluted Cocktail Cabinet in Burr Walnut by Epstein

Art Deco Fluted Cocktail Cabinet in Burr Walnut by Epstein

  £4,250.00
 
 
Chinese Altar Table from the Shanxi Provence in the Quing Period

Chinese Altar Table from the Shanxi Provence in the Quing Period

  £2,250.00
   
Art Deco Music Cabinet in Zebrano

Art Deco Music Cabinet in Zebrano

  SOLD
   
Art Deco Bronze Pheasant

Art Deco Bronze Pheasant

  £950.00
   
Art Deco Bronze Birds by Trebig

Art Deco Bronze Birds by Trebig

  £550.00
 
 
Mid Century Desk and Chair by Vitorrio Dassi

Mid Century Desk and Chair by Vitorrio Dassi

  SOLD
   
Art Deco Walnut Sideboard

Art Deco Walnut Sideboard

  SOLD
   
Art Deco Slim Rosewood Hall Cabinet

Art Deco Slim Rosewood Hall Cabinet

  £1,850.00
   
Mid Century Dining Table in Rosewood by Spottrup

Mid Century Dining Table in Rosewood by Spottrup

  £1,450.00
 
 
Italian Brass and Goatskin Trolley by Aldo Tura c1970

Italian Brass and Goatskin Trolley by Aldo Tura c1970

  £1,150.00
   
Rosewood Sideboard by Gunther Hoffstead for Uniflex

Rosewood Sideboard by Gunther Hoffstead for Uniflex

  SOLD
   
Pair of French Leather Club Chairs

Pair of French Leather Club Chairs

  £2,250.00
   
Art Deco Tallboy by Maple and Co

Art Deco Tallboy by Maple and Co

  SOLD
 
 
Italian Art Deco Tall Chest c1930

Italian Art Deco Tall Chest c1930

  £1,100.00
   
French Art Deco Desk in Walnut

French Art Deco Desk in Walnut

  £1,150.00
   
Art Deco Black Desk c1950

Art Deco Black Desk c1950

  SOLD
   
Italian Birds Eye Maple Chest of Drawers c1950

Italian Birds Eye Maple Chest of Drawers c1950

  £750.00