Mid-century modern (MCM)

MCM is an American design in interior, graphic design, architecture, and urban development, that was popular from roughly 1945 to 1969. It is typically characterized by clean, simple lines, honest use of materials, and it typically does not include decorative embellishments.

Mid-century modern is a style that is timeless and sleek. Mid-century style and furniture are characterized by rounded shapes and simple designs that are functional for the home

The key to getting it right in your own home is by carefully balancing your mid-century inspired furniture with contemporary interior trends.

1. Pick your furniture

Identify authentic or mid-century modern-inspired furniture by looking for peg legs, hardware, and manufacturing tags labelled as from Denmark, Yugoslavia, Japan, Italy, or America

2. Pick your colors.

The color palette runs from bright colors that were popular during the 50s, to the colors that replaced them in the 60s. If you are going for a traditional look, try olive green or dark red. If you are looking for a glamorous or contemporary look, then pick pastel hues…pale pink, black, white, cream, navy or shades of beige.

3. Pick your accessories

Look for pendant lighting or large architectural lighting fixtures that look more like a work of art than a fixture. Do not be afraid of a metallic finish. Candlesticks in traditional shapes, gilded simple round mirrors, drinks trolleys and old-fashioned glasses with embossed designs, all have the mid-century modern vibe. Finish the look with rounded floor and table lamps, and patterned rugs.

4. Arrange your space.
Balance the space with a good mix of highs and lows. Your eye is draw upwards in some places, and downwards in others. Having a focal point for every room, such as a large mirror or a painting over a fireplace. Putting plants into plant stand gives them extra height. Add a low sofa and coffee table with a tall floor lamp, to give more dimension.

5. Dress your walls right
Most MCM homes have white walls and open-floor layouts. You can add era-appropriate wallpaper, or graphic artwork to an empty wall that reflects the colors of your color scheme.