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Mid-Century Modern

When the show Mad Men became popular, I couldn’t help but notice certain design trends that started surfacing in our clothing and decor. It always amazes me how television and film influences our design styles. Mid-century modern design is one of  my favorites so I have decided to write my first post about it under my “Style Guide” category. So what is it about this style that has us so mesmerized lately? Well, it offers the memory of Grandma and the coolness of Mad Men. It’s a style on the rise so you might want to jump on the bandwagon.

Mid-century modern design evolved throughout the mid 50s, particularly from 1933 to 1965. Mid-century design is one of the three most popular within the modern design category. The other two are vintage modern and bohemian modern. I will talk about these in later posts.

From an architectural standpoint, Mid-century modern involves open floor plans and lots of windows in order to bring in the outdoors. From a design standpoint, Mid-century modern offers beautiful, sleek lines as well as durability and gravitates toward muted colors. It is perhaps the best design era for combining aesthetics and durability. Mid-century furniture includes Ercol sofas and Danish modern circular dining tables. It’s sophistication is universally popular and admired.

If you decide to purchase Mid-century modern furniture, it’s  not known for being incredibly comfortable so I might suggest mixing it up with bulkier furniture if you are using it in a main room. Scandinavian and Danish furniture companies like France & Son are the best, but if you are on a budget Ikea will do.

Here are some ways to make your room Mid-century modern.

Color Trends: Turquoise

Blue and green are the colors of serenity and turquoise is somewhere in the middle of these two colors and perfection. In color psychology, turquoise promotes open communication and clarity of thought by promoting emotional balance and stability. Turquoise is calming, yet invigorating making it a splendid choice for a home office.

Turquoise is a French term meaning Turkish Stone.  It comes from the French phrase pierre turquoise, where “pierre” translates as “stone.” Turquoise was the most coveted stone for Victorian brides which is why Tiffany & Co. adopted the famous Robin’s Egg color as their trademark color. Tiffany’s jewelry is so special because of its association with the blue box. When I see turquoise, I am always reminded of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, one of my favorite written characters of all time.

I believe turquoise is an incredibly chic color and brings a sense of retro to any room. My favorites shades of turquoise are Benjamin Moore’s Robin’s Nest & Waterfall. My suggested accent colors are browns, yellows, whites, greys, pinks, golds, and silvers. Here are some great turquoise pics!


All talented interior designers know that it’s not about making things match in a room, but rather about mixing textures, colors, furniture and other elements to make a room feel cohesive, stylish and attractive.  I feel that mixing woods, styles and colors helps bring balance to a room while making it feel more authentic and therefore more homey.

So let’s go back to this word called “eclectic.” There has been a movement in art and design called Eclecticism. The philosophy behind this movement is to combine elements or styles from different time periods and origins within a single room or project and mixing them in a cohesive, harmonic manner so that all the elements are in a thoughtful connection with the other parts of style in the room. The key is to make the entire design look like one piece of work.

So how can you make a lot of different style elements look great in one room? Well, it takes thought and creativity. It doesn’t take talent to match. Anyone can go buy a matching furniture set and matching decor. If you want your home to be stylish and creative, then it’s time to unmatch.

Here are some examples of eclectic design for your reference. Be eclectic.