Mid-Century style, architectural, interior and product design that describes the epoch of great developments in the design industry in the mid-20th century, from 1933 to 1965. You surely recognize it from the Mad Man and James Bond series, flea markets and your grandparents’s home. It’s coming back now, but truley, it has never been gone – it’s full of charm and chill, nonchalant energy. Now it’s the new black, the new cool style, desired by energetic contemporary people. Take a tour through it with our guide!


Mid-Century Style – Easy Ways to Create it in Your Home

The term „Mid-Century” was employed in the mid-1950s, and after twenty years in 1983, reaffirmed by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s, celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. The Mid Century decor reflects the extra ordinary charm of that era, featuring unique, natural furniture, autumn and warm colors complemented by geometric wallpapers and  distinctive, retro decorative elements. How to create a Mid-Century Modern Style look in your home? Take a look!

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Wooden Furniture & Paneling

Most of today’s furniture is made of engineered pressed wood. But it’s the real wood that creates the atmosphere of real home and is a synonym of luxury nowadays. Inspire yourself with designs made by the time by Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, George Nelson or Charles & Ray Eames. They are simple, light and of quality. If you look carefully, you will find such masterpieces of furnishing on flea markets – such cabinets, sofas and chairs have clean lines of teak, walnut, oak and rosewood and after so many years still look good. If you can’t afford spending time looking for them and modern versions of the mid-century furniture is out of your budget, then you can look for a modern-made replicas offered by many retailers. Also, try to give your living room a mid-century vibe by paneling one of its walls with wooden planks (alternatively, use one of our wall murals).

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Photography by Kimberley Bryan. Source: Houzz

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Stuart Sampley Architect Architects & Building Designers. Source: Houzz

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Source: Interiors By Studioum

Furniture from Flea Markets

Try to avoid buying mass-produced furniture for a while and instead of stepping into furniture shops, go to flea markets and vintage shops. It’s the first step to the successfully arranged mid-century home. Use your imaginations and step outside the box – not everything seems the way it really is at the first sight: maybe an old coffee table without one leg or partly deconstructed cabinet can be fixed with ease and give a touch of uniquenss to your stylish home!

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Mid-Century flea market furniture

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Mid-Century flea market in Paris. Source: MadForMidCentury.com

Open Spaces

If you really want to dig into it, consider remodelling your home by removing totally or partially one of the walls  - such open floor plans are almost a symbol of the mid-century spaces that are functional, airy and inviting. In case you think about creating such space, the best way to achieve it is to hire an architect to help you plan the matamorphosis.

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Source: Cozy Living Room Ideas

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Spacious living room with the Eames Lounge Chair. Source: Eco-fueler.com

White Walls

Most mid-century homes had walls covered in white paint. This is because of the fact that white walls allow for the high-quality furnishings to take center stage. Beautifully crafted wooden furniture look stunning on a white background.

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Vintage interiors with white walls and beautiful paintings

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Interior design project by Ark.studio (Lisbon). Photography by Rodrigo Cardoso. Source: CargoCollective.com/RodrigoCardoso

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Scandinavian interior. Photos courtesy of Line Klein, John Lewis. Source: HomeDSGN

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Stack wooden shelving looks good on a white background – all the accessories are better visible in such environment

Clean Lines Geometric Wallpapers

A touch of glamour in a dining or living room can be added by simply papering one wall with bold glitzy wallpaper in a graphic pattern. In PIXERS you’ll find many patterns that resemble the original mid-century designs with graphic, bold patterns. If you don’t like the idea of permanent wall mural, try PIXERStick that easily peels off.

Mid-Century PIXERS Geometric Wall Mural with Clean Lines

Mid-Century PIXERS geometric wall mural in pastel colours

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Vintage pattern wall mural from PIXERS

Geometric circles wall mural by PIXERS

Geometric circles wall mural by PIXERS

Stylish Lights

In any mid-century modern home you will surely see dazzling modern pendatns dangling from the ceilings or lighting up sleek side tables. Unique pendant lamps in such homes are little pieces of art – beautiful sculptures that attract attention and decorate the interior accompanying the simple, light (sic!) furnishing. Bold lighting is indeed a must-have if you want to take your home back in time to the 50s and 60s.

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Mid-Century Pendants. Source: spleeps.com

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Dining Room Lighting with Aqua Chandelier. Source: HeimDecor.net

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Tom Dixon Pipe Light. Source: NordicNew.nl

Walls Covered with Mirrors

In general, mirrors are the perfect design accessory as they add an airy feeling to any room. A mirror can make a space look bigger by reflecting light into a room, or highlight the landscape by placing it opposite a garden door or window. It creates another dimension of the room and is an important decorative element of the mid-century interiors. Especially, sunburst mirror is an icon of this era. It looks perfect on wall close to a stylish cabinet or a console table, in living room, bathroom, bedroom, everywhere…

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Shoreditch Tallboy and a sunburst mirror. Source: Rose & Grey

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Vintage interiors with black details and beautiful mirrors

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Mirrors give every interior an airy vibe

Consider a Bar

Placing a built-in bar or a bar cart in your living room is another nostalgic way to bring back the 50s. Equip it with some party stuff such as vintage glasses, liquors and a cocktail shaker. With such a piece of furniture you’ll literally nail it! It looks fantastic during a private party, but also during the day, as an exceptional decorative element.

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Parker Mid-Century Bar Cart. Source: West Elm

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Mid Century Bar Cabinet Danish Modern. Source: Etsy

Modern Kitchen

Mid-century kitchen is futuristic and equipped with up-to-date technology. In order to replicate the look, it is advised to have extremely clean lines in your kitchen. Replace ornate kitchen cabinets with plain, flat wood ones.  Add sleek stainless steel and marble to countertop surfaces, and consider cork or laminate flooring. Overall, keep the lines in your kitchen clean, simple and uncluttered.

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Mid-Century kitchen in Dallas, Texas. Photogrpahy by Sarah Greenman. Source: Houzz

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Wooden kitchen island. Source: Home Edit

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Kitchen design by David Hyun. Source: Glikachu

Stylish Decorations & Care for Small Details

Sometimes small details make the best for an interior than any other thing. You can create a mid-century climate in your home by decorating walls with bold, high-end pieces of art, interesting patterns of textiles and elements such as home plants (palm trees!) and family photos framed in vintage frames.

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Photography by Allison Corona

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Kevin Pruitt’s mi-century remodelled house in Austin, Texas. Source: karmatrendz.wordpress.com

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Mid-Century living room with geometric rug and fireplace. Souce: Chioco Design