Mad Men Your Home: 5 Tips To Achieve That Mid Century Modern Design
So you’ve fallen in love with Mad Men and want the same setting for your house. What should be your next step? It can be a bit daunting and absolutely time consuming if you had to focus on researching and familiarizing yourself with the styles and technical aspects of the Mid Century modern design. There are many interior design inspirations out there that can help you pick the right pieces of furniture and the colours that could build that Mad Men ambiance for your humble abode.
1. Get some inspiration from Bauhaus styles.
The mid century style was developed by architect Walter Gropius but it was speculated that the Bauhaus design was a major inspiration to the same. And so, in designing your home, consider cubed patterns, open floors, and steel colour palettes that mute and subdue edginess in style. You can have cubed patterns for your choice of furniture while having floor plans which are more open and spacious. There is a need to be simple and elegant so be careful not to go overboard. Steely palettes can be your main theme but be careful not to be too monochromatic. Mid century modern is really all about colour, so make sure you add some vibrant hues in your home to counter the steel palettes.
2. Explore organic oriental styles.
The mid century modern design in homes is primarily post-war in characteristic. Therefore, post-war approaches to traditional design are very common. Japanese designs, organic displays, as well as deluxe furniture of leather and steel are found in abundance within mid century modern homes. Leather furniture in either beige or grey is a common piece in mid century modern designs. It looks elegant and classy against bright colours. Other oriental designs that can blend with your beige palette are bamboo designs: depicted in steel or in painting or bits of the bamboo itself utilized in a furniture style but with a modern touch.
3. Select simpler materials such as steel, plywood, aluminum, and some synthetics.
Since there weren’t really a lot of supplies for furniture materials during the post war period, most of the chosen materials were those readily available and relatively simpler. Some modern designs focus on a fusion of these materials, say plywood and aluminum together, while the others kept to one material alone such as steel, for example.
4. Gravitate towards rich colours and patterns.
There was an unwritten movement after the war wherein people simply wanted to turn away from the dark, horrific events and simply took to cover the grim memories with splash of radiant colours. Mid century modern designers made collaborations that were empowered by both colours and curves. Patterns were playful and promising. Although this type of design lies on the other end of the spectrum – as opposed to the simplistic ideals of Bauhaus designs – it is still one of the primary options that you can pursue if you want that mid century modern design. The stricter rules of the home design is specifically dictated by the “mid century” guidelines, but since there is the aspect of modernity, you are still pretty much given free hand as to the colours, patterns, and pieces that you can include in your home.
5. Incorporate light and natural surroundings into your design.
Having the natural surroundings as part of your home design can be naturally refreshing. Bring light into your home and welcome the airy atmosphere. Modern designs have often been associated with spacious and airy setups. You can incorporate this idea into your living room space. The trick is to personalize your home design. You already have material suggestions and style ideas. All you have to do is to put them together in balance. The colour white is also popular among mid century modern designs especially when matched with glossy finishes of floor plans. You can buy unique furniture that will give your home an airy, spacious feeling as well as an artistic appeal.
Liza is a home décor blogger with a passion for both old and new furniture. Her home is an eclectic mix of antique pieces and modern sofas. She loves sprucing up any room with live plants and mirrors.
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