A Mid-century Makeover
If you’re after an interior style full of charm and personality, that’s also easy to recreate in your own home, a mid-century makeover is for you. In the post war decades between the mid 1940’s and 1970’s, open plan living became popular and designers made bold aesthetic leaps, experimenting with geometric shapes, fun patterns, warm neutrals, pops of bold colour and quirky accents.
You can find inspiration from many sources including interior magazines and Pinterest which are great places to start looking for ideas. Vintage fairs and antique shops are perfect for picking up original pieces which may become the focal point in your room or can inspire an entire scheme.
Let’s start with the colour palette. Typical shades from the time include bold shades and darker muted tones, rather than brights. Mustard and teal are popular choices and the two sit perfectly together as accents. If you’re after a fresh, minimalist scheme that nods to the era, opt for whites, greys and warm wood tones as a base and then incorporate colour with accessories. Some of our favourite accent colours from the mid-century palette include orange (see our Tonic Orange or Festival Amber fabric), olive green (see our Loopy Lines Olive scatter cushion) and light pink (see our Brush Rose fabric).
It’s easy to create the wow factor with a second hand piece of furniture that originated from the period. We love the warm wood and sleek lines of mid-century sideboards, shelving units and coffee tables which bring character and style to a living space.
Make a statement with a G Plan Vintage sofa or chair. Every piece is crafted here in the UK, and provides a timeless mix of quality and comfort. Vintage design with a modern edge, a G Plan Vintage sofa will instantly bring mid-century style to a living room. For an eclectic look, mix up designs, choose contrasting fabrics and include accent pieces. If you’re after something truly iconic, The Sixty Two armchair in a sumptuous leather cover will provide you with years of comfort and will undoubtedly be a talking point among guests.
Maximise natural light in your room and feature statement lighting to bring this style to life in your home. Cream and Chrome has some super-stylish lighting ideas that are perfect for a mid-century makeover.
Time to accessorize. Textiles are a great way to introduce colour, graphics and abstract prints of the time while maintaining comfort and cosiness in your home. A statement rug, a selection of scatters or a soft throw will do the trick. It also means you can change the colours and theme on a regular basis to mix things up and keep the room looking fresh. House plants are great too, put them everywhere you can; window sills, coffee tables, and fill any empty corners.
For the walls, use art to create impact (we love this Tretchikoff Lady of the Orient mural) or for something a little more subtle, try a smaller canvas from the fantastic ‘Land of Lost Content’ collection at Surface View.
Open plan living is as popular as ever; it’s very social and helps make the most out of space and light in the home. The mid-century vibe needn’t stay in the lounge area. For kitchens, a Smeg fridge is the epitome of 1950s American style and carefully chosen accessories such as kettles and toasters in pastel shades or bold colours will complete the look. A vintage radio or clock will also add charm, and there are some delightful options available now in retro hand mixers and food processors.