MID-CENTURY MODERN – Simplicity, Elegance and Efficiency.

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MID-CENTURY MODERN – Simplicity, Elegance and Efficiency.


April 12, 2018
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The Mid-Century Modern style uses horizontal architectural elements often meant to nestle into its surroundings and extends this outdoor living to the interior. This is accomplished by creating structures with ample access points, open floor plans and extending the use of organic materials. The overall design can be interpreted into an individualized environment taking on elements of its specific surroundings and working cohesively with other styles.

Key architectural elements seen in mid-century modern design:
• Sloping ceilings, wood paneling and large windows.
• Multiple windows and doors to access the outside.
• Flat horizontal planes with simple lines and the use of glass, wood, metal and concrete throughout.
• Elevation changes – open and split floor plans and cabinets of varying heights.
• Open spaces – contiguous kitchen, dining and living spaces.
• Interior use of exterior materials and exposed brickwork.

Mid-Century Modern interiors focus on effortless simplicity, clean lines and allow for functionality. The modern take on this style encourages designs to incorporate something old with something new and works well with each unique style while incorporating the classic elements you love from that era.

Key interior elements seen in mid-century modern design:
• Bold pattern white or neutral interiors with pops of classic hues such as green, blue, orange or yellow.
• Features at least one key iconic piece of mid-century modern furniture in each room; such as an Eames lounge chair or Arne Jacobson Egg Chair.
• Functional Scandinavian design elements – simple lines, teak or walnut wood.
• The use of natural resources and sleek, modern accessories.
• Brass accents and retro patterns.
• Horizontal low profile furniture, including upholstered pieces with wood detail and tapered legs.
• Smooth tabletops made of wood or glass featuring tapered legs.
• Wood sideboard with sliding doors, marble round tables, and fiberglass chairs.
• Bright statement lighting – such as classic geometric-shapes or drum shades.
• Retro geometric-style wall art and vintage accessories, such as a George Nelson starburst clock or retro metal lettering.
• Sustainable accessories remain minimal to maintain the clean and uncluttered feel.

Mara Green
Interior Designer
Allied ASID
Est Est Incorporated