Three tips for getting Mid-century modern interior design right

An iconic design movement that’s popularity never seems to wain, here’s how to incorporate the style into your home

Midcentury modern is known for its timeless elegance. Photo by KARE.

This timeless interior style emerged during the middle of the 20th century and has since amassed a dedicated following. Midcentury lovers, appreciate its distinctly minimalistic look and high functionality.

The trend is instantly recognisable due to its juxtaposition of sleek lines (think skinny peg legs), organic shapes and blend of materials – imagine Don Draper’s stylish apartment in Mad Men and you’ll have the right idea.

Peg legs are a key element of the style. Photo by MAS Paints

Why we rate it

Mid-century modern influenced rooms are packed with personality – its trademark curves add instant interest to a modern home. Plus, as pieces tend to be compact yet functional, the style lends well to smaller spaces and apartments. 

You don’t need to shop vintage to incorporate the trend. Photo by Sofology.

How to nail it

Interior designer Anam Clarke, founder of UAE-based The Designers’ Studio, shares her tips for nailing the trend:

Keep it simple
It’s not about recreating a look from the past but finding effective ways to weave the style into your space. Start by choosing a few key pieces that fit well with both your lifestyle and your current furniture.

Use colour to add warmth. Capture the mood by introducing some of the more traditional colours associated with this look, such as forest green, or earthy hues like burnt orange, into the room. 

Seek out the perfect pieces. Vintage pieces may be harder to come by in the UAE, but you can get your hands on design classics that are iconic of the time, such as the Eames Lounge Chair from Herman Miller. In addition, high-street favourites West Elm and Chattels & More have fabulous pieces inspired by the style.

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