Mid-Century Modern: Why and How to Use the Design Trend

Mid-Century Modern: Why and How to Use the Design Trend

Mid-Century Modern – the design trend that without a doubt is taking the entire design industry by storm this year. It is proving to us all that trends always find their way back around…

Originally an interior, product, graphic and architectural design movement from 1945 to 1975, it became a popular aesthetic after World War II.

Now though, retro and quirky interiors are becoming increasingly more desirable. They are unique, and truly distinctive from other “go-to styles” like Scandinavian or Nordic interiors. Incorporating a few eccentric and one-off pieces into your home can only improve your rooms and make your home more individual.

Today I go into the main reasons why this design trend is one to follow. Then, I break down the two main areas you can implement it to your home with shop-able examples.

Here we go!

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Why Mid-Century Modern?

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So, why should we follow this design trend? I wish there were a more complicated reason, but there really isn’t! Some of the quirky pieces you can find online now are absolutely beautiful that can greatly improve any interior. And 9 times out of 10 they are all connected to the mid-century modern / chic design trend.

Great interior design is about creating character with not only the furniture and decorative accessories you choose, but also in the colour choices you make. You can check out all of my tips and tricks for adding colour into your home here. A big part of implementing this trend into your home is being confident with colours and the combinations used.

When it comes to following any trends, it needs to go with everything that you’ve already got… And this one certainly does as there really is something for everyone. Whether that’s a statement sofa or armchair in your living room or just a quirky vase or ornament for your console – it’s the perfect addition to your home.

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How to Implement Mid-Century Modern into Your Home

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There are two main ways to implement this design trend into your home; through your Furniture choices and Home Accessories…

Furniture

Seating is the ultimate focus for implementing this design trend into your home. The use of wood, particularly oak and walnut are key features of this. Contrastingly, the use of organic forms for bespoke and quirky coffee tables or round based sofas make an interior compelling. Let’s take a look at these ideas in more detail…

The classic Vitra Eames lounge chair

Amara, Seletti wears Toiletpaper Upholstered Wooden Armchair – Lipsticks, £890

Home Accessories

For a more cost effective way of implementing this key design trend from the last year or so, there are some great finishing touches you can add to your home that won’t break the bank. The key areas for this is through lighting, adding colour and pattern in your rugs and cushions and also adding plants. You can read all about how to Introduce Plants to Your Home here.

Amara, Bloomingville Tripod Table Lamp in Brushed Gold, £155

West Elm, Stairstep Jute Rug, Horizon. Was £119 – £199, NOW £83 – £139

West Elm, Watercolour Trellis Wool Shag Rug – Ivory. £499 – £849

West Elm, Wallace Sewell Moorish Wool Dhurrie, £139.95

Some of the best patterned and textured cushions that fit with the mid-century modern design trend can be found here.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading through the benefits of and how to implement the Mid-Century Modern design trend to your home. Please let us know what you thought in the comments below!

All the best,

Jessica xo

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