Honour the past with a 'mid-century modern' twist!
Mid-century style makes for a timeless décor choice. Characterised mainly by angular forms, colourful shades, and plenty of texture the resurgence of mid-century design is warmly welcomed at Tom Raffield. Celebrating design that anticipates the future, whilst honouring the past feels like a perfect suiting for 2022 as we celebrate prosperity through design intended for decades of happiness, as similar sentiments were observed when mid-century design first made its appearance.
Mid-century is continuously well favoured in interior design due to beautifully constructed pieces that are not only functional and efficient, but effortless and attainable. At its core, mid-century design is all about juxtaposition – think sleek, bare lines paired with bold, organic forms. With a focus on functionality, a mid-century interior will be multipurpose, whilst still showcasing style through carefully curated furniture and artisan décor. Read on to be inspired by our mid-century design tips with a modern twist…
When thinking mid-century, the iconic, sleek seating designs are often the first thing on our minds. Soft, upholstered cushions set against a streamlined wooden or metal frame, often held up with pin-style legs, lead the mid-century march, championing the beautiful functionality the design movement is all about. A mid-century inspired furniture piece should celebrate design, craftsmanship and functionality to create true heirlooms that will stand the test of time.
Bright shades were signature of the time – confident pops of colour are a great way to introduce mid-century influence without overpowering or compromising your whole interior. Often used as a bold accent or as a way to make your favourite furniture design stand out, colour can be cleverly used to enhance your interior. Prioritise retro colours, like sage green, antique pink, and sunburst yellow to distinguish your space as a modern mid-century oasis.
Incorporating different wood types was very popular in mid-century styling – with teak one of the most popular options. Modernise this aesthetic with the similarly deep-toned, walnut wood. An easy way to introduce varying tones is through contrasting ceiling pendants and table lights. Mixing not only woods, but man-made and natural materials is a great way to nod at mid-century style, as well as providing an opportunity to marry your modern designs together with your vintage pieces.
Find a way to ground your home in nature. If you have large windows that overlook lush greenery, choose an interior colour palette to compliment your view and encourage a sense of harmony between indoor and outdoor. Indoor planters are a great way to introduce nature to your interiors – also allowing you to add a bold pop of greenery too!
The mid-century design is rooted in nature. To allow your chosen bold colours to pop, use a neutral colours as your primary base palette – think off-whites, blacks, and a mix of wooden tones. This not only reinforces the connection to the outside world but allows for a truly timeless interior that will last decades of memories. Organic textures, such as sustainably sourced sheepskin rugs and accessories, are the perfect addition to bring warmth to your mid-century inspired interior.