Why We (Still) Love Mid-Century Decor

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Born from a spirit of post-war optimism, the mid-century vibe is something that has never gone out of style. The term ‘timeless’ gets used a lot when it comes to describing style, but there’s no better way to describe the mid-century aesthetic. Over half a century later and this iconic style from yesteryear is still very much at the forefront of our minds. And it’s much more than Don Draper’s office. The ultimate in sleek sophistication, we take a look at why it’s not going anywhere…

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Vitra

Back To The Future

Thanks to a growing obsession with nuclear physics, molecular chemistry and science fiction in the '50s and '60s, the world had its eye set on the stars. Futuristic shapes, materials and prints all found themselves at the forefront of design. This feeling of optimism and looking to the future is still as apt today as it was back then. Don’t be scared to combine the old with the new to create a new that’s truly unique. Space-age prints and bold florals sit perfectly with your sleek modern furniture and a shag rug will live comfortably under your contemporary couch.

mid century decor
Orla Kiely

Highly-Saturated

Colour really got it’s first chance to shine in the '50s. Starting off with earthy hues, as society's moods and outlooks brightened so did the colour schemes. Bolder and more saturated shades started to make an appearance in fashion, design and advertising, they were also used to soften the harsh architecture that had been erected in the post-war world.

mid century decor
Orla Kiely
mid century decor
Orla Kiely

Bounce bold pops of primary colours off your 21st aesthetic with soft accessories or wall prints. There’s no need to commit to painting your walls different shades of bright colours to nail this look. Graphic monochrome accents will also give your interior a retro finish.

mid century decor
Orla Kiely

Playful Prints

With moods lifted and outlooks improved, homeowners started to have fun with their interiors. Play with bold prints and patterns, from florals and graphics to space-age and psychedelic. For a thoroughly modern take on mid-century style combined your favourite prints on cushions, throws and wall art.

mid century decor
Ercol
mid century decor
Ercol

Curved Lines

Taking inspiration from vintage Scandinavian and Danish design, mid-century furniture is defined by its sharp lines and curved edges. Think juxtaposing sleek shapes, tripod legs and curved edges. It’s also the perfect excuse to embrace the beauty of wood, from rich walnut and maple to teak and beech. And as Scandi style is forever-in-vogue, you’ll find it easier than you think to pick up some key pieces.

mid century decor
Vitra

Choose Iconic Pieces

It can be easy to get carried away, especially when it comes to this nostalgic look. If you’re not careful your living room will quickly turn into a set from your favourite ‘60s flick. To keep your feet firmly in the 21st century choose a few key hero pieces (Eames pieces from Vitra is a great place to start), such as a sleek sideboard and accent chair or retro vases and prints.