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Add Some Mid-Century Retro Style To Your Home


Conjuring up images of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Rat Pack, Mid-Century Retro style is back and inspiring an entire new generation of design.  It’s simple lines, bold colors, and geometric shapes are as au courant today as they were 60 years ago.  If you are looking to put some Mid-Century glam into your home, keep a few basic notions in mind:

  • Less is more.  Clean simple lines that play up the natural beauty of the design are key, whether your style is Danish Modern, Eames, or Eero Saarinen.
  • Light boldly. Lighting came into its own in the mid-1900s.  Table lamps were tall, curvy, and slim and futuristic chandeliers became focal points.
  • Geometric sets the tone.  A vintage wall hanging of squares or circles will add a definite Mid-Century vibe to your décor.
  • Color counts.  By keeping wall color neutral, you can add those Mid-Century pops of color – think tangerine, avocado, and mustard – through accessories.
  • Don’t forget the bar cart.  Back in the day, cocktails were everything (watch an episode of Mad Men to verify…) A cart stocked with vintage glassware, shakers, and decanters offers instant retro.
  • It isn’t all or nothing.  Feel free to mix and match your favorite contemporary pieces (or “antiques” from Grandma’s attic) with a Mid-Century twist and create your own brand of Modern Eclectic!

For more inspiration, check out our Eichler For Sale idea pages.  Although our photo galleries are directed toward Eichlers (and it doesn’t get much more Mid-Century than that!), I think you’ll find that most of the designs translate beautifully into just about any home.

                                                                            Photo via Vermont Woods Studios

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