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.

 
 
Italian Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet in Walnut

Italian Art Deco Cocktail Cabinet in Walnut

  £11,950.00
   
Pair of Halabala Chairs Model H269

Pair of Halabala Chairs Model H269

  £3,250.00
   
Mid Century Dry Bar in Rosewood by Mogens Kold

Mid Century Dry Bar in Rosewood by Mogens Kold

  £1,850.00
   
Mid Century Dining Chairs “Ingrid” by Koefoeds Hornslet set of 8

Mid Century Dining Chairs “Ingrid” by Koefoeds Hornslet set of 8

  £2,650.00
 
 
Art Deco Hall Table in Walnut

Art Deco Hall Table in Walnut

  £850.00
   
Scandinavian Art Deco Sideboard

Scandinavian Art Deco Sideboard

  £1,650.00
   
Italian Art Deco Commode by Dassi

Italian Art Deco Commode by Dassi

  £1,850.00
   
Mid Century Table in Rosewood by Bramin

Mid Century Table in Rosewood by Bramin

  £2,250.00
 
 
Mid Century Sideboard in Rosewood by Bramin

Mid Century Sideboard in Rosewood by Bramin

  £3,200.00
   
Pair of French Art Deco Bedside Cabinets

Pair of French Art Deco Bedside Cabinets

  £495.00
   
Rosewood Drum Table by Robert Heritage for Archie shine c1957

Rosewood Drum Table by Robert Heritage for Archie shine c1957

  £1,650.00
   
Mid Century Macassar Ebony Dining Table

Mid Century Macassar Ebony Dining Table

  £1,450.00
 
 
Art Deco Chest of Drawers in Walnut

Art Deco Chest of Drawers in Walnut

  £950.00
   
Pair of french Leather Club Chairs c1930

Pair of French Leather Club Chairs c1930

  £2,250.00
   
Pair of Mid Century Teak and Oak Armchairs c1960

Pair of Mid Century Teak and Oak Armchairs c1960

  £2,250.00
   
Bronze Panther by Thomas Cartier on Marble Rock c1920

Bronze Panther by Thomas Cartier on Marble Rock c1920

  £2,950.00
 
 
Pair of Teak Armchairs by Grete Jalk for France and Son

Pair of Teak Armchairs by Grete Jalk for France and Son

  £2,850.00
   
Mid Century Italian Dining Table and 6 chairs in Rosewood

Mid Century Italian Dining Table and 6 chairs in Rosewood

  £2,950.00
   
French Empire Mahogany Chest c1880

French Empire Mahogany Chest c1880

  £950.00
   
Panther with her Cubs Patinated bronze c1920

Panther with her Cubs Patinated bronze by Rochard c1920

  £1,450.00
 
 
Walnut Art Deco Armchairs c1930

Walnut Art Deco Armchairs c1930

  £3,650.00
   
Art Deco walnut Cabinet c1930

Art Deco walnut Cabinet c1930

  £850.00
   
Art Deco Macassar Side Table

Art Deco Macassar Side Table

  £1,200.00
   
Merrow Associates Dining Table and 8 chairs

Merrow Associates Dining Table and 8 chairs

  £2,250.00
 
 
Mid Century Italian Rosewood Dining Table

Mid Century Italian Rosewood Dining Table

  £1,850.00
   
Art Deco Walnut Coffee Table with Marble top

Art Deco Walnut Coffee Table with Marble top

  £850.00
   
Pair of Italian Art Deco Walnut Console Tables c1930

Pair of Italian Art Deco Walnut Console Tables c1930

  £8,950.00
   
Italian Painted Gesso Coffee c1880

Italian Painted Gesso Coffee c1880

  £1,850.00
 
 
Rosewood Cadett Lounge Chair by Eric Merthen

Rosewood Cadett Lounge Chair by Eric Merthen c1960

  £1,250.00
   
Italian Console Table c1950

Italian Console Table c1950

  £850.00
   
Pair of Elm Alter Tables from Northern China C1820

Pair of Elm Alter Tables from Northern China C1820

  £4,200.00
   
Chinese Low Table c1720

Chinese Low Table c1720

  £450.00
 
 
Pair of Leather and Chrome Chairs by Roche Bobois

Pair of Leather and Chrome Chairs by Roche Bobois

  £3,200.00
   
Bronze Lion on a Rock

Bronze Lion on a Rock

  £495.00
   
Bronze Head of the Old Warrior c 1835 by Francois Rude

Bronze Head of the Old Warrior c 1835 by Francois Rude

  £4,200.00
   
Bronze Tiger c1920 by Thomas Cartier

Bronze Tiger c1920 by Thomas Cartier

  £1,650.00