How to Make Midcentury Modern Work

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s likely that you’ve heard about the midcentury modern interior trend. From Eames chairs, bold oranges and soft greys to classic seating design and minimalist decoration, this look is perfect for just about any home. Clean, simple and sophisticated, this look brings classic 50s movies into mind – and rumour has it, midcentury modern is going to be the go-to interior look for some time to come! Here are the ten commandments of Midcentury Modern style rulebook.

1. Lighting

The more bulbs the better! This home décor style is usually very sleek, minimal and restrained but when it comes to lighting, its time to go totally crazy. Spiky sunburst looks are popular as well as more irregular shapes. Bring bold brightness to your space.


2. Sofas

When it comes to a midcentury look, the sofa is key. Forget all about those lazyboys and plush leather look, it’s all about a delicate, sleek and minimal vibe. Warm oranges or greens work well, as do greys and deep browns for those feeling less adventurous. Above all, look for spindly legs and minimalist cushioning.


3. Chairs

You’ll never get to look like a suave 50s movie star without a classic chair to recline elegantly in! We suggest going for one of the true iconic looks of the time, whether that’s an Eames lounge chair, Bertoia dining chair or a moulded Panton to add authentic and timeless style.

4. Geometric Rugs

If you can’t quite adjust to the bare, stark nature of midcentury modern, it’s perfectly fine to add in a rug for that cosy, homely feel. Stick to bold, striking and geometric shapes or even add in a little bright colour t keep things interesting.

5. Light Wood

Midcentury modern just wouldn’t feel right without some light, bleached pine or beechwood. Classic looks include that instantly recognizable early 60s sideboard – made perfectly modern with the addition of your TV, DVD and games console!

6. Lamps

Really amp it up with plain white or brightly coloured lamps in simple shapes and designs. Tripod or the traditional curving floor lamps really make for that definitively midcentury modern style.

7. Clock In

A bold and funky clock will make your midcentury look pop. Use bold, bright colours and choose a sunburst or modern, geometric look.

8. Plant Life

All midcentury modern looks include a leafy plant in a pot which will bring instant life and energy to a modern room.

9. Wallpaper

Reserved for the more brave amongst you all, taking one wall in each room for a little midcentury modern fun wallpaper will give your home an amazing edge.

10. Space and Light

Whether you like it or not, midcentury modern style means a bit of a revolution on the storage and tidiness front. Keep bits and pieces packed away for that truly sleek and fancy look.

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