|Notice how your eye is immediately drawn to the orange chair in the corner. Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food|
Find a unique wall hanging, lamp, chandelier or couch (like a retro-inspired chair in a bold color like red or canary yellow) but remember that the mid-century look is all about simplicity and subtlety. Keep your spaces clean and uncluttered.
I love this cherry-red womb chair (the gray shag carpet and cool-tiled flooring helps ground the piece).
|The gray carpet and white walls help ensure the bright red chair doesn’t look too extreme. Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food|
Use Wood Accents
Clean lines are a huge characteristic of the mid-century modern look. Choose sofas, tables and chairs with straight legs and armrests made from wood. A wooden, short-legged stool or end table can also help to draw the focus to the straight, sharp lines in your design.
Photo courtesy of Ooh_Food
The painting over the fireplace is a perfect choice. The colors tie in the orange and green furniture nicely and the square and rectangular shapes in the painting lend the room a 70s vibe without being overkill.
Incorporate curvy lamps and low-to-the floor furniture
|A mid-century modern lamp is typically curvy with a tall, slim lampshade. Photo courtesy of JesseJamesJake Vintage|
Chose Art with Geometric Shapes
Go Green! (And Yellow and Orange)
Nothing says the 1970s like avocado green, bright orange and mustard yellow. In order to avoid a room looking too loud, however, be sure to mix in neutral-colored pieces as well (a brown carpet, for example, or white chairs).
Keep Your Walls White
Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s best to keep your walls white or cream-colored. This will help even out the extremes in color and prevent your room from looking too busy and chaotic.