Get the perfect mid-century modern look by mixing and matching brightly upholstered furniture with anything from concrete to chrome. Here's how to do it:
- Use the hallmark materials of the era -- wood veneers, concrete floors, molded plastic, and plywood chairs. Leather furniture and glass and chrome tables will help you add a bit of polish. And yes, using them all together will look great.
- Incorporate interesting colors like fuchsia, orange, or lime green...but remember, it doesn’t have to be in huge doses. Consider adding one bright orange chair to an otherwise subdued room.
- Treat functional items like clocks and cutlery as art -- give these everyday items the same attention you’d give larger furnishings. When it comes to mid-century, the little touches make all the difference.
- If you’re really looking to renovate, think patio doors and picture windows covered by minimal Roman shades that are easy to roll up. Vast expanses of glass are a big part of this style.
- Think spherical. The hanging globe -- whether an actual light or simply a suspended sphere -- was huge in this era.
Nestpert: Minnesota designer Jay Nuhring, author of the blog "Loving What You Have".
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