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Style Spotlight: Mid-Century Modern Furniture

"Mid-century modern" is one of those style terms that gets thrown around a lot by design-minded people, but many casual home décor shoppers don’t really know what it is, or how something could be both modern and mid-century.</br></br>Although its name may seem a bit contradictory, mid-century modern is a unique style that’s worth taking the time to get to know.</br></br><strong>So, What Is Mid-Century Modern?</strong></br></br>Well, the “mid-century” part of mid-century modern is referring to the middle of the 20th century – specifically the period between <a title="Curbed" href="http://curbed.com/archives/2015/04/08/why-everyone-is-obsessed-with-midcentury-modern-design.php" target="_blank">1933 and 1965</a> – while the “modern” part refers to the styles considered modern during that time. The term “mid-century” is also important because it differentiates this style from the greater modernist movement that was growing during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.</br></br>As you would expect for a period of 30-odd years, there are a range of furniture designs that fall under the umbrella of “modern furniture” for this period; however, there are still a few <a title="Domain" href="http://www.domain.com.au/blog/understanding-mid-century-modern-design/" target="_blank">characteristics that tie these styles together</a>.</br></br>Some of the most recognizable trends included frequent use of brightly colored fiberglass, as well as light- and honey-colored real wood (in contrast to a lot of the wood veneers that started to gain popularity in the 60s and 70s). There was also an emphasis on clean lines and something of a pared-down style that eschewed unnecessary elements and intricate detail work.</br></br>These clean lines made room for a variety of interesting silhouettes, and many mid-century pieces incorporate dramatic curves and tapering shapes as part of their core structure.  In fact, tapered mid-century modern furniture legs are something of a style icon from this period.</br></br><strong>How to Add Mid-Century Style to Your Home</strong></br></br>Unless you are decorating your home in a period style, the key for introducing some mid-century modern to your home lie in choosing accent pieces that complement your space without overwhelming it.</br></br>One strategy is to find a couple pieces you love and mix them with a variety of more traditional or contemporary styles to create a cohesive look that isn’t dated. For example, if you go with iconic tapered-leg dining chairs, perhaps choose a traditional table silhouette – or if you opt for a mid-century modern sofa, maybe select one in a more contemporary upholstery color or pattern.</br></br>There are endless ways to add a bit of this era’s fun designs into your home. So enjoy the statement designs, clean lines and bright colors, and find the mid-century modern styles that speak to you.</br></br>&nbsp;
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