With roots that can be traced back to over 80 years ago, the Mid-Century Modern interior style remains in the spotlight, even today. You can find it in the latest issues of your favourite interior design magazines and in the homes of famous celebrities like Leonardio di Caprio and Jenifer Aniston. (We sure wouldn’t mind stealing their style)! But what is it that makes Mid-Century style so popular? And what will it look like in 2021?
Let’s take a look…
Mid-Century Modern: Back to the Roots
The original Mid-Century Modern style was designed to be achievable for every person, with focus on functionality, elegance and simplicity. Furniture designer Hans Wegner (you may recognise him for his famous Elbow and Wishbone chairs), believed that a chair was not merely a piece of furniture, but a work of art designed to support the human form.
With such prominence placed on both function and style, Hans Wegner’s chairs from the 1940s are still seen in the most enviable homes of today! This theme of functionality continues throughout Mid-Century Modern design, making it undeniably timeless and appealing.
Mid-Century for the 21st Century
Here are some common features of the Mid-Century Modern interior style you can easily master with a 2021 twist…
When first planning out how to style your Mid-Century space, start with your big furniture items – such as the dining table, sideboard or bed head.
Furniture pieces made from walnut timber and other types of dark wood can set a strong and timeless foundation for the aesthetic that will last for years to come. The deep, warm brown radiates an earthy, inviting feeling, making it perfect for your home!
Pops of Colour
Don’t forget to offset the neutral palette and warm brown tones with some fun pops of colour! The aim of these colour combinations is to create a nice balance between earthy and vibrant.
Orange/ yellow with brown is a classic Mid-Century Modern colour palette. You can channel this look through a statement sofa or armchair if you’re brave! Or, for a more subtle approach, accessorize with orange/ yellow wall art and a colourful rug. Sense of warmth= unlocked! For a full guide on how to choose the perfect rug for your space, check out our blog post here.
Shades of pink and brown are often used throughout Mid-Century spaces. You can create a calm, light-hearted atmosphere by adding some pink décor — as little or as much as your heart desires!
If you’re going for a look that says ‘elegant’ and ‘sophisticated’, try teal, white and wood. Teal velvet makes for a rich, on-trend statement. Ensure that it’s matched with some gold accents and accessories for an absolutely stunning effect.
Organic Shapes & Straight Lines
The Mid-Century Modern style reworks traditional furniture by juxtaposing curved, organic-shapes with clean, straight lines.
This contrast can be seen in pieces like the iconic number 45 chair (Maxil Armchair) by Finn Juhl, which merges graceful, shapely arms with tapered legs. Hans Wegner’s Elbow Chair also follows this theme, with its sleek legs and rounded backrest.
Organic-shaped mirrors are popular additions to Mid-Century Modern interiors, functioning as sculptural art that allows movement to flow through the space.
A Touch of Retro
Mid-Century loves a bit of a throwback, and so do we! Think geometric patterns, splashes of colour and vintage pieces.
Inviting Nature Indoors
Huge glass windows and homes integrated with their surroundings are typical to Mid-Century design. You can execute this by decorating your space with plants, plants and more plants! Artificial plants work well if you’d prefer something more low-maintenance. Bringing a touch of nature indoors is a wonderful way to breathe life and colour into your space.
Many styles come and go, but Mid-Century Modern promises to serve comfort, elegance and simplicity that will not fade. What do you love about Mid-Century Modern design? Let us know in the comments.