It may be the year 2014, but the nostalgic pull of the ingenious architectural designs of the 1950’s is taking modern-day homes back in time. Homeowners are flooding the real estate market, hunting for unique mid-century modern gems, for numerous good reasons.
How about we meet in the middle by taking our ready-made home out of its boring box and turn it into a mid-century new dream? Here are 10 ways to take your home back in time (without living in a time capsule).
1 . Bring Wood Back
Most of today’s furniture is made of engineered pressed wood. Let real wood take center stage via the high-quality furnishings of the 50’s. These middle century masterpieces have clean lines of teak, walnut, oak and rosewood.
Maybe looking for these old pieces seems like too much work. Or maybe a George Nelson or Noguchi piece is out of your budget. If so, there are plenty of modern-made replicas to be found that mimic these elements. Thanks to the increasing demand of this design movement, many retailers will be grabbing hold of the trend by offering lower-end furniture that nod to this style.
2 . Consider A Re-Model
Do you love where you live, but want to add the marvels of mid-century character to your current home? Then consider hiring a design architect to help with some remodeling.
Eliminating walls in order to achieve the open, airy floor plan that a mid-century home would boast is a great idea when done by a competent team in designers and builders. You could also employ someone to design a huge floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of natural stone (An open floor plan in combination with this fire place centered in the middle of the room, simply shouts mid-century modern). Or maybe consider something simpler such as adding mirror to your kitchen backsplash or on one wall in your living room. Take an online tour of some mid-century homes and you will be filled with nostalgic ideas!
3 . Do Your Lights Right
Look at any middle century modern home and you will surely see dazzling modern marvels dangling from the ceilings or perhaps lighting up sleek side tables. Unique pendant lights and fixtures are not only functional; they are pieces of sculptural art. There are numerous online artists who custom-make these executive lights. Look around until you find the piece that calls your name, and remember mid-century modern is not a good matchy, matchy style, so no need to find lamp sets. Indeed, bold lighting is another must-have accessory to take your house back in time to this artistic era.
Skipping past the mass-produced furniture store is the easiest step to add mid-century flair to your home. Your main methods of shopping for house goods should be a combination of flea markets, vintage shops, and seeking out many of the unique modern furniture designers who mimic mid-century creases. Think of it as your treasure hunt back in time! Rummage around for old home furniture with clean lines, middle century legs, strong graphic fabrics, and most importantly think outside of the box.
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