Mid-century modern design and furniture is one of our favourite objects of discussion at North Hem, and this post looks at different ways an interior designer can use mid-century modern principles and products within a home.


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This living room shows the delightful colours and minimalism that can be found in mid-century modern design. While a Scandi modern look has neutral tones and sedate colours, mid-century modern is not afraid to put a lime green chair in the middle of the room, as long as the rest of the d?cor is more sedate and minimalist.


Comfort and Style

Good mid-century modern design incorporates other design elements into a room, seeking to craft style and comfort into a positive experience. In mid-century furniture, comfort is a key part of the most important utilitarian pieces in a room. You wont find rock hard couches in a mid-century living room. Any place a bottom sits is a place where comfort reigns supreme.

Throughout the rest of the room, the open spaces, unique materials, and fresh tones of mid-century design provide the aesthetic style to accompany the mid-century modern feel.

Asian and Scandi Fusion

Msid-century modern and modern Scandinavian often get confused for each other, but there are differences between them, both subtle and significant differences. Subtle: Scandi uses more woods in furniture and less cozy fabrics. Large difference: Scandi design focuses on neutral colours and natural wood tones over the modern plastics and vibrant colours of mid-century modern.

But, both Asian design and Scandi design work well in fusion with mid-century modern.

Commercial and Residential Crossovers

Because of the utilitarian nature of much mid-century modern furniture, it is easy to use residential furniture in a commercial space and vice-versa. The simple and elegant shapes of mid-century modern design work well as set pieces in an office, coworking space, or waiting area. On the other hand, the open layouts of commercial spaces work well in a home to incorporate mid-century modern principles.


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