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Mid-Century Modern– Then and Now

In honor of Better Homes & Gardens® celebrating its 100th anniversary, we are taking a look at previous home trends that are making their way back into our lives. Keep an eye out for more of our ‘Then and Now’ blogs to learn about these looks and how to achieve the trends we are thrilled have returned. 

From the past to the present:  

The midcentury modern movement originated during the middle of the 20th century and was the organic result of modernism. People wanted to embrace a more organic way of living which is why the style is rooted in functionality and simplicity with a lot of clean lines. After World War II, cities expanded, and the demand for modern furnishings for the newly built homes emerged. Technological advancements also resulted in the production of new materials, which led to the creation and exploration of unique shapes and various textures. 

What makes up Mid-Century Modern design? 

Mid-century modern is all about functional wooden pieces, clean lines, and curved designs. The look is simple, with a focus on comfort. It’s no surprise the aesthetic design remains timeless and is back in style. Mid-century modern homes usually have a sleek feel and mix natural and artificial materials. There’s also a continuity between the indoors and outdoors, which is why plants play a key role in the decor. This can also be seen in the color palette, which mostly consists of natural hues and colors rooted in nature. Pops of color are also added, especially bright yellows and beautiful teals. 

How to achieve the Mid-Century Modern look: 

  • Embrace a natural color palette with a few pops of bright colors throughout.  
  • Consider olive green, pale pinks and other muted tones, orange, bright yellow, and a variety of teals and aquamarine colors. 
  • Build a space around a few statement pieces. 
  • Bring in potted plants. 
  • Focus on function. 
  • Incorporate wood furniture made of teak or oak. 
  • Include organic and curved shapes.  
  • Add brass details around your home. 
  • Hang big and bold artwork, especially with large graphic shapes.  
  • Favor statement lighting. Add hanging lights or pendant lighting that look like artwork.  
  • Embrace open spaces and aim for flow.  
  • Ditch the clutter and say goodbye to an abundance of knickknacks.