Although it is hard to agree with Don Draper’s way of life and personal choices, one can’t deny, the man’s got a style. Today we will infiltrate the stunning apartment of the protagonist of Mad Men series and extract 6 ways to achieve the fab mid-century modern look.
1. Toned Colors
Mid-century modern is characterized by frugal and noble lines and forms in both architecture and design. The mid-century décor reflects the extraordinary charm of a bygone era, with interiors featuring unique wooden furniture, decorated in warm autumn colors, adorned with geometric patterns on walls and textiles, as well as characteristic retro details: lamps, vases, sculptures and paintings. While choosing the right color palette for your vintage interior, remember to go for warm and toned hues. Every “dusty” version of a color is going to fit it.
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2. Vintage Rugs
Nothing completes an interior as a rug yet choosing the right one is always a tricky task to an inexperienced decorator. Fortunately, mid-century modern décor has a whole section of rugs dedicated to it. In the middle of the 20th century, there has been an outburst of new rug styles which were completely in accordance with the trends prevailing back then. The paramount example is Scandinavian design with fantastic Scandinavian flat-woven rugs, also known as rollakans, which have taken the world by storm and until today remain one of the most frequently chosen type of floor coverings.
Doris Leslie Blau vintage Scandinavian rugs
Their simplistic charm, geometric elegance and absolutely timeless appeal make them ideal for mid-century modern interiors. Another category are vintage Art Deco rugs. They share several features of Scandinavian carpets, like geometricism and wide array of colors but are also distinguished by classic pile textures. Whatever you chose, remember – a living room without a rug is just a room 😉
3. Chic Lighting
In every modern mid-century home, a dazzling lighting in the form of lamps hanging from the ceiling, standing on elegant tea-tables or beside the couch is a must. Such unique sources of light are like small works of art – beautiful sculptures that draw attention and constitute a decoration accompanying the smooth and simple furniture.
So, if you want to achieve the 50s’ and 60s’ style home, the extravagantly shaped lighting is a crucial part of the interior. Mid-century floor or table lamps are characterized by straight lines and sharp contour, or round, curved forms. Either way, the very contrasting shapes help with the proper scattering of light and contribute to the general look.
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4. Iconic Furniture
Most modern furniture is made from pressed wood, plywood or MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard). But only real wood, noble and beautifully structured, can create a truly warm atmosphere at home and is synonymous with luxury. Get inspired by the projects of iconic designers of the mid-century epoch, such as Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, George Nelson or Charles & Ray Eames. Their furniture is minimalistic, light and of extremely high designer value.
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5. Geometric Decorations
Sometimes accessories can determine the shape and the vibe of the whole interior. Mid-century modern style calls for some geometric stir and angular elegance. By hanging sophisticated, abstract art on walls, adding elaborate patterns to the living room through cushions and curtains, or investing in rectangular or round additives, you will get the desired effect.
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Mirrors are the perfect accessories that will really be useful in any décor. When placed properly, a mirror can optically enlarge the room and give it an impression of lightness and space. If you put it in front of the window it will not only reflect the garden but also bring more light inside. In the mid-twentieth century, mirrors framed in the shape of a radiant sun were ubiquitous.
6. Exotic Plants
Finally, don’t forget about some greenery. No matter whether today or in the past, plants have always been an important element of interior design. And there is no better year to concentrate on them than 2017 – after all, it is a year of greenery color, according to PANTONE. To complete the Mid-century modern look, adorn your space with exotic plants like palms or succulents. The most iconic is the so-called Snake plant but an Aloe Vera, Rubber Tree or a Fiddle Leaf Fig will also do very well.
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For more inspirations, take a peek at Doris Leslie Blau website – we are always at your disposal. And if by any chance you are visiting the capital, step into The Washington Design Center, 1099 14th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005, to see our showroom. You can also give us a call at 202-808-9361.