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Originating in the time period between the 1930s and the mid-1960s, mid-century modern is a style that emphasises organic influences with simplicity and function a priority. Think Mad Men’s understated retro style, with well-crafted furniture silhouettes mixed with texture and colour to add personality and flair. It’s a timeless aesthetic, and we’ve got some tips to help you incorporate this style into your home in a variety of ways!

Texture and Colour


While the style often calls for warm whites as the overall palette, you can also include a soft, warm grey as the main colour in your home. Accent colours with a bolder feel can be scattered throughout the home – think mustard, blue, and muted green in your couches and upholstered dining and arm chairs. A feature wall with a timber look also fits nicely into the mid-century style as a subtle throwback to nature and the organic materials where this aesthetic finds its origins.

Furniture


Form and function are key, so choosing furniture that leans toward simplicity will ensure your furniture fits the theme. Streamlined couches without too much bulk to them, Danish style armchairs with simple wooden arms and legs, and coffee tables and sideboards that have clean lines and an understated feel will give your spaces that stylish, mid-century feel. One of the best things about this aesthetic is that its minimalist appearance, as well as the range of materials used blends in well with other décor styles, so adding touches of mid-century here and there in each room will create a timeless appearance throughout your home.

High and Low


Often mid-century furniture can feel too low to the ground, so it’s a good idea to give your rooms a mix of high and low. A low couch and coffee table can be offset by some statement candlesticks on a higher sideboard, or the inclusion of a beautiful chrome arc lamp over the couch to draw the eye up and add height to the room. Including a tall indoor plant in the corner and a beautiful mid-century sunburst pendant light fitting in the bedroom will add to the retro atmosphere and further encourage a feeling of space and height.

Mid-century modern is a style whose roots lie in interior design themes of uncomplicated simplicity. Including pieces in your home that are functional and pared back, but still have elements of warmth and style with their colour and texture means you’ll create an aesthetic that’s timeless and visually appealing. With a mix of materials such as metal, timber, concrete, and brass, you’ll be able to seamlessly blend a little mid-century flair throughout your new home! For more interior style and home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

It was an era of social and political change, revolutionary fashion and stylish interior design. The late 1950s and early 60s paved the way for simple styling and the popular American drama, Mad Men spurred on a new take of the era, reinvigorating the retro/vintage trend in a big way.

Hotondo Homes’ Byron display home has been decked out in a sleek retro style with a contemporary interpretation.  The home’s interior is reminiscent of the trendy Manhattan offices of the ‘Mad Men’ advertising executives.

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The bedroom’s feature wall is dark and textured, which is in contrast to the splashes of lime used to dress the bed and featured in the retro armchairs.  The modern light fittings add to the overall sumptuous mood of the room.

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The kitchen exudes elegant charm.  Practical and easy to maintain, the Byron’s kitchen makes food preparation a breeze.

Byron_Kitchen_72The Byron display home is located at 22 Allan Watt Crescent, Spring Bank Rise Estate, Casey ACT.  View more photos or contact the Hotondo Homes’ builder, Bruce Core on (02) 6292 6491.  See more home designs and display homes.


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