Have you noticed that mid-century decorating elements are popping up in home decorating stores everywhere? Do you like the look of mid-century décor or mid-century modern? Let’s clarify what mid-century décor refers to:
Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. (Wikipedia)
According to West Elm’s VP of Product Design, Jonathan Orr, mid-century design “continues to evolve into new finishes and colors, and being remixed with other periods.” (Covit, Dana. “Is Midcentury Modernism Over.” MyDomaine.) It is because of this mix that we don’t get bored with the look and find new ways to use period pieces in our home decorating.
Design elements attributed to the mid-century decorating style include natural items, open and airy rooms, clean lines, and simple decorations. This style began showing up in residential American homes and suburbs post WWII. During this time you could see the following decorating items:
- A starburst mirror reflecting the changes in the space-age during the 50s-60s.
- Tulip tables and chairs.
- Atomic Clocks.
- New materials such as resin, plastic, and fiberglass.
- Globe shaped lighting.
- New colors: citrus orange and turquoise.
If you love design elements of mid-century modern, you can add touches of the look without changing out all of your furniture. Because this is a favorite look there are many local décor stores and online retailers that offer mid-century lighting, accessories, and furniture such as:
- West Elm
- List of 26 places to buy knick knacks, furniture, artwork – many of them Etsy sites – click here.
If you love the style and would like to incorporate mid-century aspects into your home, consider adding a starburst mirror, a globe-shaped chandelier, or a fun bar cart. For mid-century style inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of Mid-Century Décor and Ideas by clicking here. I found these fabulous instructions on making a Gilded Starburst Mirror from HGTV click here to view.
If you already own mid-century pieces and are unsure how to make them work with your existing accessories and furniture, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for an appointment to create the lovely home you want! For all your home decorating and home staging needs Redesign Right has a solution!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.