It may be the year 2014, but the nostalgic pull of the ingenious architectural designs of the 1950’s is taking modern-day homes back in time.
Homeowners are flooding the real estate market, hunting for unique mid-century modern gems, for numerous good reasons. For many of these homebuyers the main reason is simple: living in our mass-produced society has caused us to crave custom-made, unique designs. Simply put, our eyes are bored of staring at the same row upon row of houses that all look the same. The majority of us could get lost on our very own street!
Unfortunately, most of these elusive mid-century jewels have all been purchased (there are only so many left to go around). On the other hand, there are some bonuses to living in our off-the-rack homes with electricity that is up to code.
How about we meet in the middle by taking our ready-made home out of its boring box and turn it into a mid-century architectural dream? Here are 10 ways to take your home back in time (without living in a time capsule).
1. Bring Wood Back
Most of today’s furniture is made of engineered pressed wood. Let real wood take center stage via the high-quality furnishings of the 50’s. These mid-century masterpieces have clean lines of teak, walnut, oak and rosewood.
Maybe hunting for these old pieces seems like too much work. Or maybe a George Nelson or Noguchi piece is out of your budget. If so, there are plenty of modern-made replicas to be found that mimic these elements. Thanks to the increasing demand of this design movement, many retailers are grabbing hold of the trend by offering lower-end furnishings that nod to this style.
2. Consider A Re-Model
Do you love where you live, but want to add the marvels of mid-century character to your current home? Then consider hiring a design architect to help with some remodeling.
Eliminating walls in order to achieve the open, airy floor plan that a mid-century home would boast is a great idea when done by a competent team of designers and builders. You could also employ someone to design a huge floor-to-ceiling fireplace made of natural stone (An open floor plan in combination with this fireplace centered in the middle of the room, simply shouts mid-century modern).
Or maybe consider something simpler such as adding mirror to your kitchen backsplash or on one wall in your living room. Take an online tour of some mid-century homes and you will be filled with nostalgic ideas!
3. Do Your Lights Right
Look at any mid-century modern home and you will surely see dazzling modern marvels dangling from the ceilings or lighting up sleek side tables.
Unique pendant lights and fixtures are not only functional; they are pieces of sculptural art. There are numerous online artists who custom-make these architectural lights. Look around until you find the piece that calls your name, and remember mid-century modern is not a matchy, matchy style, so no need to find lamp sets.
Indeed, bold lighting is another must-have accessory to take your home back in time to this artistic era.
4. Furnishings – Get Your Flea On
Skipping past the mass-produced furniture store is the easiest step to add mid-century flair to your home. Your main methods of shopping for home goods should be a combination of flea markets, vintage shops, and seeking out many of the unique modern furniture designers who mimic mid-century lines.