Characterised by clean lines, sleek shapes, and optimised functionality, mid century modern furniture exploded onto the design scene back in the late 1930s. Since then, the showstopping furniture pieces have endured to become a highly sort after antique.
The good news is that mid century furniture is making a brilliant resurgence thanks to the versatility of its modern design. This means that it’s not only trendy to showcase your stunning original mid century furniture, but it’s now easier to get your hands on complementary styling pieces.
Here’s our top styling tips to incorporate your mid century furniture of Australia, into your lovely home.
Just Start Somewhere
The minimalist design of mid century furniture allows it to blend seamlessly with just about any other design style. Don’t spent to long fretting over the re-design of your whole space to incorporate a mid century furniture piece. Instead – just choose an element a run with it.
Whether you’re after an industrial inspired dining table or statement arm chair, there is a mid century piece with your name on it. Because these furnishings are more discreet in their colour range and detailing, you can choose to build upon it with complementary mid century elements or go bold with some art deco pops.
Choose a Colour Palette
Original mid century furniture can be diverse in its colour range, whether you’re working with the deep earthy tones of the 1940s or the vibrancy of the 1950s. Try and pick one colour theme to work with across your mid-century furniture choices. This could involve timber and leather with olive accents, or perhaps brighter creams, beiges and navys.
Mid century design is yours to make your own. Simply find your statement mid century piece and build your colour palette around it to bring it to life.
Work with Textures and Finishes
There are certain attributes characteristic of mid century furnishings. Most pieces from the era were crafted from dark, natural timber, or timber veneer. However, designers gradually began exploring with plastics, acrylics and Formica. This can be a great place to springboard your interior design from.
Select the focal material on which anchor your room. This material might be a walnut timber. Then, begin crafting a space that subtly incorporates these rich timber tones. To spice things up you can even contrast with textures such as leather ottomans, velvet cushions and shag rugs. Try sourcing elements with the characteristic sleek lines, curvatures and minimalistic prints.
Remember: Less is More
As we’ve touched on, minimalism underpinned much of the mid century design trend. In order to capture the best reflection of the design style, we recommend adopting a less is more approach.
Thoughtfully space out your mid century furniture within your space. Avoid over accessorising surfaces, and opt for larger statement pieces rather than cluttered small items. Think simple, functional and natural, and you’ll find yourself immersed in your very own mid-century modern home in no time.