How to get the mid-century look
How to get the mid-century modern look
For a look that has a fresh and contemporary feel yet works beautifully with modern design classics, decorate your home in mid-century style.
The modern take on 20th-century design has a fresh Scandi feel and a cool colour palette. When choosing paint shades, fabrics and furnishings, go for an understated palette of greys and blues for a mid-century style living room.
If you really want to complete the mid-century look, seek out design classics. Whether it's a beautiful leather Eames chair, an original Ercol sofa or a sleek sideboard - make this statement piece your focal point. You'll find original furniture in antiques and second-hand shops, at vintage fairs and online auctions.
But if your budget won't stretch to these investment pieces, you'll be pleased to hear that the high street offers plenty of mid-century inspired pieces. Look for white and wood furniture, such as warm wood sideboards with white doors, or cute little nests of tables similar to the classic Ercol pebble designs.
If replacing your sofa, choose a shapely design in a timeless colour, such as pale grey, with tapered wooden legs and dress with geometric-print cushions. Alternatively, go for an armchair and footstool in a classic shape and recover in a retro fabric design.
It's easy to add a little vintage style with more affordable accessories, too. Opt for Scandinavian-inspired prints and ceramics such as a simple white vase, or stylish printed cushions.
In the kitchen get the mid-century look with colourful retro-style prints on tablecloths, tableware, serving dishes and kitchen storage such as tins. For a finishing touch, opt for a stylish retro radio.
Mid-century modern living room
Team mid-century-inspired furniture with a super-subtle palette of greys and blues, but add pattern and texture to give the scheme depth and interest.
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