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Do you find yourself watching old movies and sighing,

because you wish you were there?

Are you drawn to daydreams of time-travel?

If you wish you lived in the 50s,

but don't have the scientific capabilities of building a physically impossible time-transportation device...

mid-century modern design is probably for you!

mid-century modern; living room decor; retro decor

This style mixes the retro look with a



modern flair!

This fresh design trend incorporates the colors and patterns of the retro aesthetic,


mid-century modern living room

With a mix of the outdoor and the indoor,

with woods and metals,



and future...

and great iconic furniture,

retro living room; sputnik chandelier; modern; rug; sofa


If you love the bold patterns,

splashes of color,

recognizable shapes,

statement lighting,

and simple lines,

you're definitely reading the right post.

We've studied mid-century modern design,

and we've come up with 6 things you need if you want your home to scream



modern oasis.

6 Elements of Mid-Century Modern Design

1. Sputnik Chandeliers

One of the best accessories in nearly every mid-century modern room

is the sputnik chandelier

Inspired by the shape of the Russian Sputnik space shuttle,

these chandeliers look so modern and elegant,

but also interesting and quirky!

sputnik chandelier; dining room decor; mid-century decor; retro decor

These chandeliers will work in practically any mid-century space,


they're practically a requirement.

dining room chairs; shag rug; chandelier; retro chairs


Here are a few sputnik chandeliers that you can buy right now! 

   sputnik lights


2. Teak

Another tell-tale sign that a room is retro is the use of teak wood in furniture.

Teak is a reddish-brown wood that has been called "the strongest wood in the world,"

meaning that vintage pieces are still around for a reason.

Teak is both elegant and durable,

beautiful and strong.


Teak is so strong because there are natural oils and rubber imbued in its grains,

making it practically water resistant,

which is why a lot of high-quality outdoor furniture is made with teak.

This protects teak pieces from dry rot,

meaning that pieces from the 50's are still just as beautiful today!

Teak furniture for sale: 

  teak furniture


3. Retro Patterns and Colors

One way to add a mid-century modern flair to any space,

is by using bold retro patterns and colors.

Interesting color combos make retro patterns some of the most dynamic to decorate with!

And mixing those patterns is a ball!

Use retro patterns in your space with



and artwork.

In an instant, your room will gain so much color and freshness!

retro pillows; retro rugs; rugknots; wool rugs; oriental rugs



Here are a few retro patterns you can buy right now! 

Multicolored Flatweave Kilim Dhurrie Rug; 100% natural wool   blue cushion

   7.11 x 10.1' Brown and Yellow Modern Ziegler Rug; wool rug; 100% wool; flatweave rug



4. Skinny Leg Furniture

There are many different elements to mid-century modern furniture design,

and as I was trying to come up with an all-encompassing term to summarize a diverse thing,

I noticed that most mid-century furniture has one thing in common:

skinny legs.  

retro furniture; mid-century furniture

Now, there are certainly pieces with thicker legs, loop-de-loops,

midcentury modern furniture skinny legs

and other unique elements,

unique elements

but if you look at this style's furniture as a whole,

they're all similarly skinny-legged.

woodland living room

This skinny leggedness...

gives the furniture a


streamlined quality.

Something about these pieces just screams "retro" in such a good way.


Some mid-century furniture for your purchasing pleasure:

   mid century furniture

5. Starbursts

Starbursts, starbursts, everywhere!

mid-century decor starbursts teak interior design

One of my favorite aspects of this style is the starburst wall decor!

Like the sputnik chandelier,

this shape is iconic and instantly brings a classy retro feel to your wall.

Starburst wall decor includes



and just straight starbursts!

starburst wall decor

Starbursts are dynamic and bold,

just like retro patterns and colors.

There is a feather-like softness to the sharp edges of starbursts,

giving them so much wonderful texture!

mid-century modern office; office decor; starburst clock


Some buyable starbursts for you:

Image of Metal Starburst Wall Sculptures - Set of 3   red starburst wall


6. Gold Accessories

In case you didn't notice,

the starbursts and the sputnik chandeliers...

are mostly gold!

Gold accessories lend a classy retro vibe to a room...

retro gold cart; retro accessories

I love this fancy gold bar cart,

it's so cute and perfectly retro!

retro magazine stand; gold


Buy gold now! 

gold serving trolley  Gold Cast Iron Jacks Bookends ~ 2 Large Mid Century Modern Style Gold Office Decor ~ Jax Paperweights Doorstop or Industrial Retro Pop Art


Thank you for reading! 

Let me know if you have any questions 

or if you have a suggestion for a future design profile! 

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