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Secrets of Mid-Century Modern Interior Designing

If you are looking to change your homes decor to that of a Mid-Century modern style, there are a few design secrets you should know before getting started.

First off I suggest, if you haven’t already, set aside some time for researching this unique design. Get a feel for the architecture of that era, the interior design principles, and the overall mindset and motivations behind the design. Familiarize yourself with every aspect of the movement. Study pictures and floor-plans and get a well versed understanding, and feel, of the overall look that defines the style and period.

Remember that Mid-Century modern design is marked by the minimalist attributes of clean, simple lines and neutral, monochromatic colour tones, along with “minimal” clutter. Stay away from overcrowding or overdoing a space. Less is best when it comes to Mid-Century modern design.

With your choice of furniture, stick to simple designs, colours and textures. Mix clean simple lines of vintage or retro furniture with hardwood floors and patterned area rugs. According to your budget you can buy vintage or reproduction furniture in keeping with the style of the era: plastics, stainless steel, sleek woods and glass. Use the placement of your furniture to create intimate seating arrangements. Don’t get distracted from your goal… think minimalism.

If you are on a limited budget but still really want original pieces, you could check at auctions, flea markets, estate sales and thrift stores. You may be pleasantly surprised at what gems show up for a real bargain. I’m not saying you will find designer originals but you may uncover some quality reproductions produced during that era.

The marriage of Mid-Century with modern design magically happens when you blend vintage with state-of-the-art furniture, accessories and art work. You are trying to achieve the effect of simplicity, or minimalism, while still offering an aura of complexity.

While there seem to be many rules that govern Mid-Century modern interior design, don’t allow yourself to be bullied into creating a design that is boring or generic. Always make sure you put your personal stamp on your designing. You want your surroundings to reflect your personality and flare while staying within the design parameters of that era.

Modern Interior Design Ideas – Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

When you consider hiring an interior designer to re-do your living space, you can easily make your home more eco-friendly without having to compromise your lifestyle preferences and furniture quality. Planning to include a green or environmental footprint in your home is possible without spending exorbitant amounts of money for a full renovation.

Choosing fabrics for your rooms

The fabrics you choose for your rooms play a major environmental part in keeping with your modern interior design ideas since natural elements such as wool, cotton, and silk are the more likely choices. In years past, when designers weren’t as concerned with saving the environment, many homeowners would choose synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon which added to our global waste predicament and did a lot of harm to the environment.

Choosing flooring materials for your home

When you enter a room, one of the first things you’ll notice are the floors, especially if they’re hardwoods or covered with rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting. Although homeowners have a wide variety of flooring to choose from, the floors that are the most eco-friendly are cork, natural stone and materials. When you talk with your interior designer, he can also suggest other environmentally-safe materials or options to suit the size and location of your rooms.

Selecting new furniture

Although you might assume that wood furniture is environmentally desirable, you would do well to know that not every type of wood is suited for a “green” home (eco-friendly). For example, certain types of rare hardwoods, although natural looking, could take ten years of more to grow before they are cut from the land. Thus, if you want to keep the furniture in your home aligned with the new trend toward environmentally-friendly, you might wish to choose leather, bamboo, or rattan.

Determine which accessories will add character to your rooms

Interior designers have always said that accessories make the room, and give it the character that reflects your tastes, lifestyle and decorating preferences. To accessorize your rooms, look for items that were made from recycled materials, such as seashells, broken glass, scraps of fabrics, leftover wood or bark from trees, or lamps that are made of various objects that carry out the theme of your room. Accessories are one area where you can use your creativity to accentuate those things you truly like.

By choosing from this list of eco-friendly items to decorate your home, you will utilize modern interior design ideas that not only look good, but are safe for the environment.