9.25.2017

Make Your Home More Than Middling with Midcentury Modern Style

Everyone loves to feel nostalgic sometimes, and look back to the past. Many of us even love elements of bygone eras that we never experienced. When it comes to things like fashion or architecture and interior design, we'll always see old trends become popular again. If you love interiors or have a fondness for architecture, you may have noticed a particular love for midcentury modern style at the moment. It appeals to people in a variety of ways, from its open-plan spaces to the use of wood in different shades. If you like the style, you might be wondering if you can apply it in your own home. After all, owning a genuine midcentury modern home could cost you a pretty penny. If you want to try it out, here are some of the ways you might be able to use the design style in your home.

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Get a Feel for Wood

If you browse examples of midcentury modern homes, it's hard not to notice one thing. There's a lot of wood used for various things and in a range of shades. You'll see a lot of dark wood, but also plenty of lighter colors too. This love for wood featured not just in well-made furniture but around the home too, from cabinets to walls and ceilings. So you might want to consider some remodeling to add some permanent features, like solid shelving or storage units. Or you might want to go on the hunt for some midcentury-style furniture, or even some original pieces. If you're looking for one feature item to stand out, try a sideboard.

Make Your Home Open-plan

Midcentury modern architects and interior designers were big fans of the open-plan look. It allows you to make your home open and airy and was pretty modern back in the 1950s and '60s. If your home isn't already open-plan, perhaps you could think about whether you want to remodel. Removing some walls to create larger and more open spaces can transform your home completely. If you're not sure about the entirely open-plan look, you might want to separate some different zones by using dividers like bookcases or other furniture. You can keep it open plan, but make sure you don't have too much wide open space.


Let in the Light

Take a look at some of the best-loved examples of midcentury modern architecture, and you'll see that many of them have pretty impressive windows. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural light and were often used across the whole of one side of a house. As well as making sure the home was light, which is especially important when using lots of dark wood, it also meant that many homes were built with fantastic views. If you're already thinking that it's time for replacement windows, you might want to consider how to incorporate some midcentury style. Instead of your windows being purely functional, allow them to be a design feature too. You might not have a glorious view to look at or even want to have floor-to-ceiling windows, but you can still have your windows help to form the character of your home.

Add an Eye-catching Fireplace

One of the popular features within the open-plan spaces of midcentury modern homes was the fireplace. It's a great way to introduce something eye-catching and to break up the space a little. Plus, it's excellent for heating that airy space when it's cold. Floor-to-ceiling fireplaces, often in natural stone, were favored at the time. If you're willing to invest some money in a fireplace, you could do something similar. With a two-sided fireplace, you can enjoy it from two different spaces - perhaps a living area or snug and a dining area or bar.

Combine New Furniture with Flea Market Finds

You don't have to make permanent changes to your home if you want to use a midcentury modern style. Finding the right furniture works just as well, and it makes things easier if you want to change your mind. With the growing popularity of midcentury modern as a design style, you have the option of seeking out original pieces and choosing from modern replicas. Many furniture companies are responding to the demand, even those that are at the more affordable end of the price scale. If you want to try to grab some bargains on original furniture from the mid-19th century, try exploring flea markets and perhaps auctions too. But if that's too much hassle or too expensive, try searching online for modern alternatives.

Have a Bar Area

A home bar is a great idea if you want to replicate the midcentury modern style in your home. It's an easy way to add a '50s touch to your living room or another area of the house. You don't have to have a full bar, especially if you don't have much space. A bar cart can help you create a vintage-style feature, and it's the perfect place to put your fancy glasses, cocktail shaker, and favorite drinks for mixing. Treat your mixing station like an interior feature and make sure it looks good, even if that just means arranging your glasses in an artful way.

Modern Kitchens

Midcentury modern design was all about looking to the future, so kitchens often had a forward-thinking modern look and feel. Of course, now those kitchens don't look particularly modern to us. However, you can still take inspiration from them and make your kitchen look modern by today's standards, while still having the charm of midcentury modernism. Try clean lines and flat, wooden kitchen cabinets. You can have up-to-date kitchen gadgets while keeping things more midcentury with dark wood or even some pops of color. Avoid doing anything too fancy and ornate, even if you decide to have some clever gadgets. You should try to keep everything clean and as simple as you can.

You don't need a huge amount of money to buy an original midcentury modern home. Instead, focus on transforming your current home to reflect the style.

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