How to Create A Mid-Century Modern Mix

Beth Rice 24/01/2019

Love the look of mid-century modern but do not wish to have it throughout your entire house?

Good news—mid-century modern furniture is mixable. Here’s how.

Making the Most With Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern furniture, (not to be confused with contemporary style which is furniture that adapts to reflect current trends) has grown immensely popular and just keeps on going. Mid-century mod combines versatile and simple with a little spunk and brings on that retro feel that everyone’s been buzzing about, with clean lined designs, natural woods, and fun patterns.

If you’re combining some mid-century modern with furniture your significant other favors or you’ve got some modern furniture, some contemporary and some traditional pieces and you’re looking to make sense of it all, you can.

Mixing in Mid-Century Modern: Some Guidelines

  • Mixing some mid century modern with contemporary is easy. Try to keep your functional pieces contemporary with mid-century modern supporting them.
The Amish Tempo Bookcase and Chaili Sofa Table
The Amish Tempo Bookcase leans towards clean lined contemporary and mixes nicely with the Amish Chaili Sofa Table.
  • You can always add some mid-century modern with the right coffee table at the center of things.
  • Create a fun contrast by combining mid century modern angles and curves with the cool lines of contemporary.
The Amish Nadine Bed with Amish Hudson Nightstand
The contemporary Amish Nadine Bed paired with the mid-century moden Amish Hudson Nightstand
  • Try to feature each style in neutral colors that complement each other.
Branden Sofa with Amish Sedona Coffee Table
The colors of the Branden Sofa and Amish Sedona Round Coffee Table complement each other nicely.
  • The 80/20 Rule: Select the two styles you wish to blend. Elect one of them the main style that will represent 80% of your display space. The other style will represent 20% of your display space. (Larger pieces of furniture are best choices for the dominant style).
Rosita Settee
Surround the Rosita Settee with accent tables or a rug in the contrasting style.
  • Create the perfect blend by choosing furniture pieces that have something in common like color, size, style or finish. This will help balance the styles.
  • You also want to balance the visual weight of the room. End tables can be different but keep them around the same size. Make sure the two halves of the room balance each other.
The Emma 3 Seat Sofa and Jasper Chair
The visual weight is balanced with Jasper Chair on one side and ottoman on the other side of the Emma 3 Seat Sofa.
  • Be sure to spread competing furniture styles throughout the room. You don’t want a high concentration of one style all clustered in one part of the room. This is achieved by employing a buddy system.
Urban Chairside End Table and Mid Century Modern TV Stand
The Urban Chairside End Table and the Amish Mid Century Modern TV Stand have brown maple wood in common.
  • Color can help bring things together. If you already have a contemporary sofa or sectional and you’re adding a mid-century modern armchair, pick a fabric color that will match the sofa.
Finnegan Chair
Match the color of the Finnegan Chair with a sofa throw or pillow.
  • What if there’s an odd man out? If you have a piece of furniture that you can’t buddy up with anything else, you can try making it a centerpiece or focal point.
  • Be conscious of scale –you don’t want an oversized chair next to a small loveseat.
  • Select a feature like shape, size or color to unify different styles.
Amish Perry Night Table with Hastingwood Mid Century Modern Night Table
The Amish Perry Night Table and Hastingwood Mid Century Modern Table can both work with the Americana Bed

You can get in the mix of things with mid-century modern and have some fun in the process!

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