Mid-century modern design is a style that originated in the mid-20th century and has since become a timeless and popular design trend. Its unique features, such as clean lines, organic shapes, and natural materials, make it a great choice for those who love the simplicity and sophistication of this style. Achieving a mid-century modern design for your home is not complicated, which you will find out at the end of this article.
Embrace natural materials
The mid-century modern design emphasises the use of natural materials such as wood, leather, and linen. Incorporate these materials into your home décor through furniture, accents, and accessories. We recommend looking for furnishings with teak or walnut finishes, leather sofas or chairs, and even metal accents such as brass or chrome.
In this HDB unit at Telok Blangah, wood textures are strewn throughout the house, from the flooring all the way to the television stand and coffee table. A linen sofa is placed to complement these fixtures. All these materials are essential in creating a sense of warmth and comfort in the home yet appear contemporary enough to fit a modern interior.
Add some geometric shapes
There is no denying that organic and geometric shapes are a hallmark of mid-century modern design. You can display these shapes in your home through accent pieces such as vases, lamps, and sculptures, or even furniture pieces like cabinets and tables. While many homeowners may initially be hesitant to venture into geometric patterns, these shapes can add visual engagement and bring a touch of fun and uniqueness to their spaces.
This homeowner is not afraid to incorporate such shapes into their home, as you can see above. We did not want to go with a simple closet, so we specially designed one adorned with circular geometric shapes for more interest. The cabinet handles are also custom-built in a semi-circle to go with the overall furniture piece.
Another geometric furnishing includes this particular staircase for a bunk bed.
Be bold with colours
Mid-century modern design is more than just neutral colours and natural materials. It is also about getting out of your comfort zone and embracing bright and bold colours. Orange, yellow, green, blue, and pink are commonly used alongside geometric shapes to introduce a sense of energy and optimism into the space while creating a futuristic look at the same time.
In this particular home, colours were clearly expressed in the kitchen. We have specifically gone with green as the colour is synonymous with nature and is soothing to the eye. Green also enjoys the privilege of being incredibly versatile, ideal for both modern and traditional kitchen styles. In line with the first point, gold metal accents, wood fittings, and marble countertops were used to enforce a vintage aesthetic – befitting of a mid-century modern interior.
The beautiful shades of green are extended to the bathroom in the form of a backsplash, providing a pop of colour and texture.
Keep it simple
At the end of the day, a mid-century modern décor is all about simplicity. No, simplicity is not solely about minimalist living. Simplicity is about ensuring that your space and life, in general, is free of clutter. When it comes to your house, simplicity can easily be achieved by getting rid of any unnecessary accessories and shining the spotlight on furniture and accents.
For example, this HDB unit is clean and organised, yet you can still get a sense of the homeowner’s personality and taste through knick-knacks, art pieces, and interesting collectables displayed throughout the house. With smart storage options, there is space for everything.
Incorporating mid-century modern design into your home décor can be a fun and rewarding process. By following these points stated above, you can create a timeless look that is both stylish and functional. Remember, it is all about creating a space that feels comfortable and inviting while also paying homage to the design aesthetic of a bygone era. So, have fun with it, and let mid-century modern design inspire you to create a perfect space that is truly unique and reflective of your personal style.
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