Setting Up Your Living Room with a Mid Century Feel


One of the most popular and fashionable ways to decorate rooms in the home at the moment is to draw inspiration from the middle of the 20th century. The styles of the 1950’s and 60’s are greatly popular both with people who like a simple, minimalist look in their homes and with trendy ‘hipster’ types who look to this era as a source of fashion ideas.

Why Does Modern Fashion Love the Mid 20th Century So Much?

The mid 20th century has become one of the most influential periods when it comes to both general interior design, and fashion on the whole, and from a general aesthetic perspective, it is easy to see why. With glamorous views of this period offered by things like the TV show Mad Men, which make the 1960’s out to be an era of outstanding elegance and style, people want to recreate this age in their homes while still retaining the conveniences of the modern time. Luckily for those who love this style, it is possible to factor in the simplicity and attractiveness of the mid century period while still incorporating things like wide screen TV sets, games consoles and computer monitors, because the 1950’s and 60’s were full of style ideas geared towards a ‘space age’ future full of shiny, chromium plated things.

How to Get a Mid Century Look in Your Living Room

One of the key principles of the retro, mid 20th century style is minimalism, so the first thing you need to do is look at storage solutions that will hide away your clutter. Keeping things like books, CDs, and general gadgetry hidden away in entertainment stands with doors can immediately make your gadget rich room look much more bare and minimal.

When you have put away the clutter, look at your colour scheme. You want something bold that uses only two or three colours. Monochrome can work well in itself, but if that is too stark, try adding in one bright colour. It can help to draw inspiration from designs of the time, particularly from pieces from the Scandinavian design movement of the 60’s. Whether you simply look at pieces like these for colour palette ideas or start collecting them to use in your mid century living room, the design aesthetic is well worth checking out if you are interested in having a cool, retro style room.

Finding Authentic Mid Century Things

If you want to kit your mid century room out with real mid century pieces, then you don’t necessarily have to trawl through vintage shops or antique fairs. Try looking at Gumtree or on eBay to find good quality, stylish pieces from the 1950’s or 60’s that can help make your room a real talking point.

Mid century style is something that has been in fashion for a good few years now and isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, so if you are looking for a style that is fashionable but practical for your living room, why not seek out ideas from the past!

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