Must Haves for a Mid-Century Modern Space

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Do you love the look of contemporary homes, but you don't even want to think about giving up some classic pieces you have? Maybe you want to create a modern look that is not quite as contemporary or simplistic as what you usually see. Why not go with a mid-century modern look? Incorporate elements popular from the 1950's and 1960's paired with today's trendiest elements for a personalized space guests will be eager to try to duplicate the look in their own home. Below are a few ideas.

  • Pieces Older than You - Don't be scared to pick up a chair, table, lamp, or rug that is clearly older than you. This does not include vintage pieces. Opt for something that was obviously trendy before your time, like a striped couch or borderline tacky rug. It may provide the personality you are looking for.
  • Ethanol Fuel Fireplace - The great thing about an ethanol fuel fireplace is that even the most modern one can complement contracting pieces in the room. Plus, a fire makes a space look and feel more inviting, which is definitely what you want in a mid-century modern room.
  • Corduroy - It's always a good idea to incorporate a variety of materials into a space to create texture. If one of the materials can be corduroy this is an added bonus. Even a small mustard yellow corduroy pillow will make a strong statement.
  • Sewing Box - You don't need to have a sewing machine to put a sewing box to use. Mid-century sewing boxes often have skinny legs that form a triangular shape, along with a hard top that opens. Despite their age they can look quite modern. You can hide remote controls, video games, or magazines inside, and it can double as a table for a lamp or piece of art.
  • Wall Clocks - When was the last time you saw someone with an actual wall clock. Today's digital world has no need for a battery operated clock, but this is the perfect finishing touch. A contemporary sunburst one will give you the perfect blend of modern and mid-century in one.
  • Pendant Lighting - A pendant light in a retro ball, flower pot, or single tier shape will be ideal. If you have low ceilings, you can also go with a flush mount pendant, but make sure it is not just a boring ceiling light with a glass globe, like those often found in apartments. You can also go with something in the middle that suspends just slightly from the ceiling.

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  • Brady Draper