Mid-century modern design is one trend that shows no sign of going away. In fact, it’s already the next century and it’s still not budged an inch. After all, with clean lines, geometric patterns, earthy tones and bright pops of color, what’s not to love? Adding mid-century modern pieces to contemporary design is a marriage made in heaven! Here are 8 ways to add a little Mad Men vibe to your interiors.

Color Palette

Selecting a color palette is the first step to planning your interior décor.  Try combining the neutral and earthy tones from the ’50s with more saturated colors like orange or chartreuse from the ’60s. These color combinations can be incorporated into your interior using paint, fabrics or accessories. 



Every room needs a couple of signature pieces of furniture; a handsome couch, a wood credenza and an iconic Herman Miller chair, just to name a few. Although there are many mid-century modern designers of note, you don’t have to spend a fortune on authentic designs to recreate the feel of the era, just understand the distinguishing features of the style, and find pieces that echo that. Whatever furniture you decide on, be sure to harmonize colors, patterns, and shapes.


Light Fixtures

Bold and sculptural pendant lights are a perfect way to add mid-century modern flair to your interior. The period produced the most iconic lighting of any era. Search around for a fixture that speaks to you. Remember, if its mid-century modern, it’s not just lighting, it’s art.



A touch of glamour can be added to a room by papering one wall with a geometric wall graphic or wallpaper. There are dozens of designs to choose from. Be sure to compliment the clean look of the room by adding a touch of contrast, but don’t go overboard.  Too many patterns can make the room look cluttered.


Art and Collectibles

Potted plants, abstract art, mirrors, and ceramics are also perfect ways to enliven a neutral interior. You don’t have to break the bank to acquire these objects. Keep in mind that many expensive pieces have been replicated endlessly and there is a good chance you can find something that you like within your budget. Stores like West Elm and Room and Board have plenty of affordable chatchkas to choose from.

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