one Opt for an open floor plan
Designers of the middle of the last century were inspired by Scandinavian and Brazilian interiors, in which there is a lot of air and a minimum of partitions. If you have the opportunity to make a free layout in the apartment, do not miss it. Or choose lightweight partitions, such as slatted wood or sliding doors with glass inserts.
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2 Strive for minimalism
Minimalism is another landmark of mid-century designers. The desire for minimalism is also due to historical events. In the post-war period, there was no time for surpluses, so the mid-century modern style was created according to the principle: less is better, but better.
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3 Choose natural materials in decoration
Various types of wood, bent plywood, paper wallpaper — there is no place for artificial materials in mid-century interiors. On the walls, even paint or plain wallpaper is enough, and on the floor — parquet or wooden board covering. Use lacquer and plywood for the finishing coat, because mid-century is, first of all, democratic. And forget about concrete, brick walls and any classic accents — they are taboo in this style.
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four Prefer light shades as base
The main range of mid-century modern is warm shades: beige, brown, ocher. Choose these colors as the «basis» of your interior. The great advantage of a neutral finish is that you can safely add color accents — they will definitely take root there.
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5 Make color accents
Forget about very bright, «acidic» colors. For an apartment in the mid-century style, it is important to choose basic color accents — burgundy, plum, olive, carrot.
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6 Don’t be afraid to accentuate with prints
Geometric prints are what you need for this style. You can add them in small accents — for example, choose a decorative pillow with a patterned pillowcase or put a carpet with a geometric pattern. Or go further — and make an accent wall of wallpaper with this print.
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7 Choose geometric furniture shapes
Geometricity can be traced in the forms of furniture of this style. Straight or corner sofas on thin legs with a straight back, chests of drawers on thin legs, round armchairs and tables. By the way, one of the iconic types of furniture of this era is the Eames Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames. Today, its analogues and copies can be seen in almost every interior of modern style, minimalism, as well as in the design of cafes or coworking spaces.
eight Restore old furniture
If you have woodworking skills and a desire to own furniture that really “came” from a bygone era, start restoring old things. For example, chests of drawers “originally from the USSR” with thin legs are exactly the spirit and style of the mid-century. The same goes for wood-framed chairs and fabric seats. Contact your parents or look for such things at flea markets.
9 Add Fancy Lights
The style of mid-century modern was greatly influenced by the philosophy of aerodynamics, and this influence was manifested to a greater extent in the style and shape of the lamps. Streamlined, stylish, but concise forms of brass shades or chrome-plated chandeliers with one round or semicircular shade, floor lamps — perhaps, in the style of the middle of the last century, it was the lamps that were the main art object.
ten Choose light and expressive decor
Today, vintage details play a big role in the interiors of this style — so look for similar things from the past and implement them. Textiles and minimalist paintings with abstract patterns can also be used as a light decor (you still have to abandon popular posters — they will simplify and visually reduce the cost of this style).