Getting to Know Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Mid-century modern style has been pretty ubiquitous in recent years. What is the cause for the resurgence of this style? Aging baby boomers longing for the age of their parents? Who knows, but it is back and here to stay!

When it comes to interior decor, there are rarely any completely new ideas. Everything borrows something from the styles and artists that have come before. You know what they say, good artists borrow, but the best ones steal! Get to know this style and incorporate it into your home or workspace.

The Mid-Century Modern Movement

So what is the Mid-Century modern movement, exactly? While there’s much debate on the actual time that the mid-century modern era encompasses, most reputable references generally accept the time period was roughly 1945-1969. Art historian Cara Greenberg originally coined the term “mid-century modern” in the title for her 1984 book about this era in design.

The movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements. The American version was less formal a bit more organic in form than the International Style, but it is more related to it than Bauhaus.

With a style characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature, the mid-century design was frequently used with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. While the phrase “mid-century modern” is used when referring to architecture, it can be used in reference to furniture, materials, art and more.

The Furniture of this Design Era

As with any decorating, you don’t need to create an exact replication of the era, piece by piece. You can, if that is what you want, but if you do just know it can feel intimidating when maintaining that type of consistency in interior design. You may also find it to be hard to find authentic or quality pieces. Aspects of design from this period have been used over and over again, so you can find plenty of things that are similar, if not authentic.

You need to have a great furniture store to accomplish this. If you’re in the area, there is a great furniture store in Houston that will have all the mid-century modern furniture you will ever need. If you aren’t in the Houston area, you can shop online or stay vigilant and find a store closer to you. This era is finding its way into more and more homes and workplaces.


Furniture for Tight Spaces

Tiny homes have become a popular option among younger people in the last few years. While not everyone is choosing to go tiny, there are still a lot of reasons you may end up with a small living space, from apartment living to backyard casitas. Choosing to live in a smaller home doesn’t have to mean giving up on style and nice furniture. When living in tight spaces it is important to use some easy techniques found at a furniture store in Houston to take advantage of the space and open up rooms.

Multi-purpose Furniture

Finding furniture that serves multiple purposes is a great way to save space and get the most bang for your buck. Think about an ottoman that doubles as storage or a daybed to serve as a couch during the day and double as a guest bed when visitors come to stay. In the bedroom, consider a bed with storage underneath to do away with the need for a dresser, or perhaps a dresser that doubles as the night stand.

Using Dividers

Using a room divider such as ones found at a Houston furniture store, can help to make a small space feel bigger and provide additional rooms in your space. A divider in the corner of the living room can create a small office space. It can also provide flexibility to change the space for different needs. Choosing a divider that lets light in can open up the space.

Elongating Your Space

As you begin to run out of space, consider using the walls for storage by using hanging shelves and hooks. While art is generally supposed to be at eye level, don’t be afraid to hang it a little higher to utilize your space. Use long curtains to draw the eyes up and make the room feel larger. Additionally a large rug can give the illusion of a larger space. Smaller rugs break up the space, making it feel smaller, but a large rug has the opposite effect.

Keep the Furniture Light

The furniture you choose will set the tone for the room. Using smaller, lighter furniture will keep the space airy. Seating that sits lower to the ground and has exposed legs can keep the room from feeling crowded and add to the elongation effect of the room.

Overall, taking on a minimalist  attitude will help to keep your space from becoming cluttered and and even help it to feel spacious.