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Published On: Tue, May 1st, 2018

5 Ways to Create That Mid-Century Look

Ever since the TV Series Mad Men first aired, there’s been a nostalgic nod within the interior design industry, towards the ingenious architectural designs of the 1950’s.

Bored of the same mass produced furniture bought from the same retail outlets, some are hunting the unique mid-century modern masterpieces in garage sales and second-hand shops. Others are introducing that retro vibe by using simple well selected furniture designs readily available online and at reasonable prices. Here are five ways you can create that Mid-Century Look without spending a fortune.

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Mid-Century Sofas

The sofas are probably the largest item of furniture in the front room and therefore should be a priority when trying to create the retro vibe you are looking for. You can get affordable Mid-Century sofas that can really set the tone of the room. The three of the most popular types of mid-century sofas are the womb chair replica, the swan sofa replica, and the pavilion 3 sofa replica.

Get the Lighting Right

Most mid-century modern homes featured bold, heavy lighting hanging from the ceilings or lampshades next to sleek side tables. Long, dangly chandelier types are a good addition to a living room. Finding matching lighting can be difficult, so be prepared to think a little outside the box with regards to the lighting.

Get the Perfect Coffee Table

Along with the sofa, the coffee table is essential for creating the mid-century look and probably the easiest to find second hand for just a few dollars. Sharp, sleek wooden tables will complement the mid-century sofa and go a long way to giving the living room that 1950s feel.

Sunburst Mirrors

Nothing says 1950’s than a sunburst mirror. Preferably gold and the bigger the sun rays the better. The perfect accessory to a mid-century room. Amazon have a wide range of sunburst mirrors, with some costing less than $50. Walls should be kept pretty simple and clutter free, which also really makes a bold sunburst mirror dominate a walled space.

Have a Bar

What better way to fully bring back the 50’s than to have a bar. It doesn’t matter if it’s a built-in bar or a bar on a trolley/cart; a bar to mix your martini (shaken, not stirred will add the finishing touch to any mid-century styled living room. Step back in time with vintage glasses available in second hand stores, expensive liquors and of course, the obligatory cocktail shaker.  Every mid-century modern home needs a bar or a bar cart and they are great for parties and entertaining.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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