Mid-century style takes us back to a time of renewal as post-war America suburbanized, although its era covers pre-WWII through the 1960s. It was a time when new materials such as plastic, stainless steel, and Lucite were incorporated into furniture pieces, and new techniques were enthusiastically employed such as steaming and bending wood. The mid-century style puts function over frills, but novelty abounds with fun geometric shapes, tapered furniture legs, organic curves, and soothing, clean lines.
If you're looking to add a smidge of the space age to your space, consider starting with basic accent pieces. Made of classic wood, metal, or acrylic, a mid-century side table can be right at home in the living room or bedroom. Heat up your style while you cool down your space with a ceiling fan, and brighten up the room with funky pendant lights to supernova-inspired chandeliers and iconic table lamps.
Or go for a total throwback
Give your space a full vintage visage with prominent furniture pieces that make a statement. Capture the feel of the era in your living room with a sophisticated mid-century modern sofa, side chairs, and a distinctive coffee table. For the bedroom, a streamlined nightstand provides a smart space for storage alongside the clean, platform styling of an upholstered or wood bed.
Color it cool
The classic eye-popping palette of aqua, dandelion, avocado, and coral mix easily with navy, gray, and black in business wear-inspired textures. Or incorporate updated colors like burgundy, pink, and royal blue into your space with mid-century modern bar stools or chairs. Asymmetrical and eccentric patterns add another way to play with color and texture, especially with rugs and wall art.
Mix old and new
Antique-lovers rejoice! You can easily work in your favorite thrift store finds with new mid-century furniture. Fill a new bookcase with nostalgic books or kitschy memorabilia, or hang a new abstract wall clock alongside retro art prints for a charming and eclectic gallery wall.
Whether you're inspired by your parent's house, a classic cartoon's take on the future, quirky old game show, or drama about the ad agency world, you can find everything you need to style your own swanky space at prices to suit any budget here at Hayneedle.