Mid-Century Modern Home Styles to Give You Inspiration

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Mid-Century Modern Home Styles to Give You Inspiration

Mid-century modern breathed fresh air into the traditional design schemes that preceded it in the 1940s. Leaving ornate, bulky furnishings and lavish, richly colored tapestries behind, mid-century modern harped upon clean lines, natural lighting and much more open space than previous design styles.

And, while those are three key features of mid-century modern, they’re by no means the only ways the design style broke the mold. Read on for more inspiring iterations of the look that came to life in 1945 and is just as fresh today:

  1. Accent with Wood

Because mid-century moderns let in so much light and views of greenery through huge picture windows, it’s no surprise that natural elements shine on the inside, too. Take, for example, this New York Loft, where designers showcased wood-grain elements including a coffee table, speaker, sofa table, chair legs, and more. Once you have your wooden-accented pieces, simply make sure the backdrop of your room is a cool neutral hue that allows the wood to stand out.

  1. Hark Back With Accessories

Not every homeowner will have the expendable income to go and buy a new set of mid-century modern furniture. Until you’re able to afford the whole kit and caboodle, upgrade your existing décor with a few accessories that evoke the time period that’s inspiring you right now.

You can do this in so many ways. A sunburst mirror on the wall or a piece of retro art will do the job. You can try accessories inspired by the 1960s, like the ones on this coffee table, including colorful, sleek, structural flower vases or a metallic bowl. Anything that feels a little bit vintage without being too kitschy is the perfect accent.

  1. Open Spaces Up

We briefly mentioned this before, but mid-century modern is all about giving you room to breathe. This home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has all of the space you could possibly want in your living room: vaulted ceilings, a huge amount of floor space and even picture windows to extend all of it right into the lush green trees outside. If you’re in the market for a new home and love a mid-century modern look, try and find a place with an open floor plan to inspire your décor.

Of course, not every home is going to have this feature inherent in its layout. You can, however, downsize your furniture or remove pieces in order to make things feel less crowded and more airy.

  1. Go With Glass

Again, this tip has already been touched upon, too, but mid-century modern is all about extra-large windows to let as much light in as possible. The natural light makes the space look bigger and airier, which is, of course, the aim of the design style.

Even better news is that once you install these types of windows — or choose a home with them already built in — your place will have a mid-century modern look on the outside, too. This Palm Springs one-story home shows just how impressive an extra-large window can be with its fully glass garage door. There’s even nice, warm lighting over the door to accentuate the design feature in the dark.

  1. Wisely Pop Color

So many mid-century design schemes center on a neutral design scheme. Again, this serves the purpose of making spaces feel lighter, brighter and more open. But many designers also choose elements like white walls so that the best features truly pop.

This is true with the wooden accents we mentioned earlier, and it’s true with pops of color. In mid-century designs, a monochromatic design scheme can really be finished off with one or two pops of color. Check out this black-and-white sitting room that’s brought to life by two pink backless chairs and a throw-pillow duo. Voila: mid-century modern.  

  1. Look For the Lines

As you’ve probably noticed by now, mid-century modern is all about the clean lines. Nowhere is this truer than on the exterior of a home designed during this era – or designed to replicate the simple, crisp style of this era.

This build in Dallas, Texas, is a perfect example of the 20th century’s cleanest architectural style. Built in 1954, this flat-roofed home has a single angular peak just above the home’s front door. The lines are clean on their own, but they’re accentuated to a coat of bright paint — a single pop of color, if you will — so they become the focal point. The rest of the home’s building materials paint a neutral backdrop for the perfectly rectangular windows and full wall of windows that surrounds the front door.

Now, Take It Home

Whether you’re building a brand new home inspired by last century’s hottest style, or looking to infuse your current place with a few elements to evoke the same cool vibes, you now have the tools to do so. With clean lines, natural light, a bit of color, a bit of wood, open spaces and a few perfectly placed accessories, your home will be the mid-century modern you dream of in no time at all.  


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can also find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

One comment

  1. Hassan says:

    very nice information about the old and new homes styles this article is really helpful and interesting.
    Thanks for sharing this type of amazing information with us.

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