How to Pull Off Mid Century Modern Furniture

The mid century modern style is making a comeback! According to Google, the interest in mid century modern furniture has quickly increased in the past five years. The steady rise in interest shows that those who would like to adopt a mid century modern style should do it! In fact, you should do so quickly so you can be ahead of the style when it comes back completely. But, this style can be tricky to pull off, especially in the 21st century. In this blog post, we’ll help you pull off this style effortlessly, and without spending too much at the furniture store.

Pulling Off Mid Century Modern Furniture

Before you know how to pull of mid century modern furniture, you need to know what mid century modern is. This style was popular from 1945 to 1969, and it has become more popular in recent years. The term also includes architecture, in addition to furniture. While it’s hard to find a home from the 1940s that you won’t need to renovate, you can achieve the look with some furniture pieces.

The mid century modern style features sharp lines and eye-catching angles. For example, a drastic slope in a roofline, or a buffet with sloped legs. Many pieces of mid century modern furniture include industrial fixtures like copper or raw steel. Throughout this blog post, you will find some examples of mid century modern pieces that we offer at Unruh Furniture.

Now that you know what the mid century modern style is, let’s discuss how to pull it off.

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Our Rosedale Table in the Atrium House by Amy Thurston with our Maple stain.

Have a Pop of Color

In many homes with a mid century modern style, people choose to have a pop of color. This is very different from the popular styles today. Most styles feature white, black, beige, and gray. But, with mid century modern, people opt for a pop of color. These colors are usually yellow, dark green, or orange.

To add a pop of color in your space, you can choose an accent chair or paint a wall with the color. How much color you use is entirely up to you. But, the more color you have, the more it will look mid century modern. Some people also use multiple accent colors that complement each other.

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Our Westside Platform Bed.

Keep Decor Minimal

Today, having decorations is very much in style. Particularly with the farmhouse style, having signs and family photos around the house is very normal. But, with the mid century modern style, you should keep decorating to the minimum.

Many people with mid century modern styles decorate with plants and eclectic pieces. A thrift shop or an antique store is a mid century modern lover’s paradise. Pieces that are unique and antique are great to use in a mid century modern home. Really, anything that’s interesting and eye-catching is great to use as a decor piece. But, you should only have one or two of these pieces in each room.

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Our Mid Century modern Manchester Sideboard with our Brookside Bookcase and Breckenridge Table.

Use Geometric Pieces

Another characteristic of the mid century modern style is geometric pieces. In many homes, people have chairs that are made of unique shapes, or have decor pieces of different shapes. For example, they may have a bowl of ornaments that are squares, triangles, circles, and more. Or, they may have a chair in the shape of a hand or that’s made of wire. A great example of this is in the image below.

Geometric pieces are a staple in this style, so do look out for pieces you can pair with your furniture.  But, it’s also important to incorporate sleek lines with your pieces. Using a good combination of both simple shapes and geometric shapes will help you pull off this style seemlessly.

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Choose Wood Furniture

If you look on Pinterest for furniture ideas, you will find nearly every mid century piece is made of wood. If it’s not, it may be one of the geometric pieces mentioned above. But, wood is so popular because this style came about when furniture was made of real wood. Today, most pieces are made of cheap materials like plastic or particleboard. A majority of furniture pieces have been engineered to feature cheaper materials that don’t last as long. With mid century modern furniture, you should invest in mostly wood materials.

Thankfully, wood materials aren’t expensive when you choose the right company. Many custom furniture stores have fair prices because they have to compete with big box stores. But, their materials are durable and look amazing. At Unruh Furniture, all of our pieces have a lifetime warranty because we back our materials and craftsmanship.

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