Midcentury modern design aesthetics have been increasingly popular as of late—some designers and homeowners are going full-scale midcentury modern, while others like to infuse a few elements of the design style.
When you think midcentury modern you can almost envision Don Draper relaxing on the sofa and having a martini (and wouldn’t that be nice).
Midcentury Moderns Unique Roots
We often think of midcentury modern as being a chic throwback to the glamorous, refined but in reality this particular design style was more about the post-war desire to live in a “less is more” way. Many of the homeowners of the 1950s were still reeling from not only World War II, but for some of them the Depression was still in the forefront of how they opted to live their lives, which is why they took on a minimalist approach to how they designed their homes.
Why Do We Love It Now?
There’s lots of reasons people are still embracing midcentury modern design…namely, it still looks great and it can be really fun to utilize this type of design style if you’re remodeling a home originally built in the 1950s, which is something a lot of people are opting to do.
Midcentury modern is also reflective of not only the 1950s, but we’re seeing the resurgence of chic minimalism in other places as well (think Apple’s clean lines and simple packaging). You can also find midcentury mod inspiration in today’s Scandinavian and European-design furnishings and décor.
Elements of Midcentury Modern
Some of the overarching themes or elements you can expect to see with midcentury design include open-concepts, primarily neutral color palettes, a reliance on natural materials, spaces that are free of clutter and also geometrically-inspired elements.