The Midcentury Modern design
The Mid-century Design style rose to prominence in the middle of the 20th century, from around mid 1940’s to the 1970’s. It had an uncomplicated aura which arose from a fresh aesthetic desire to create something new. The decor and furniture introduced in these periods were sophisticated and sparkling. Despite the passage of time, mid-century designs have remained unchanged in the interior world. It works because of its emphasis on pared-down forms, patterns that bespeak contemporary, natural wood and a flow that merged the indoor spaces with the outdoors keeping in mind the functional comfort and a chic style. The look bridges the world between the natural and the man-made.
The key style secret is the Indoor-Outdoor Flow which is an accepted form now but way back in the lifestyle of 50’s, it was a revolutionary idea of bringing the indoor outdoors and of course taking some elements of outdoors inside. Mid-century modern home dwellers took a lot of pride in their new passion of merging the indoors and outdoors: wide windows, sliding doors, patios, etc. The idea was to create a seamless connection between the natural world which functioned in coordination with the world of interiors.
In the urban areas it can be achieved by keeping back those giant windows or replace half a wall with glass bricks. An outdoor-indoor aesthetic look can be created easily without any major pull down. The windows have to be left bare so that the view is not obscured or consider installing skylights. Mid-century patterns are anything but shy. Bold gallant geometric, vibrant curves and whimsical motifs give the rooms a strong vivid clout. Heavy, textural fabrics or wool knits, give the patterns added weight.
Statement lightnings are an essential part of classic mid-century in pumping up the drama of a room. Light fixtures are so striking from this era that they enjoy the privilege of becoming motifs on their own.But don’t compel them to share space with each other in a single room. More than three is like adding too much in one room.
Born in 1930’s Scandinavian design was an off-shoot of the mid-century design movement which added an element of a minimalism to the field of interiors that lasts to this day. Featuring contours that were tender and accents that were light-hearted, Scandinavian furniture is contemporary, undemanding, and essentially functional.
Walls of the Scandinavian interior style do not attract the eye, but only sit as a backdrop for the surroundings. The window s and doors also keep up a correspondence to the main colour. Huge mirrors are a must – either with silver engraved frames or with no frame at all. No wall to wall carpets in the Scandinavian style but instead light wooden flooring is used in the homes and is sometimes softened with small rugs.
Truly Scandinavian design is very liveable. Everything,, from natural wood to silver elements is based on the principles of clean lines and symmetry. There is al ways an appropriate niche that acts as a central focal element. Ornamentation items are few and can be placed in contrast to the light wall colours. Again one of the key points in the Scandinavian style is the lighting, the more illuminated it is – the better. The idea is to make the light wall colours shine and the silver frames gently sparkle. Crystal chandeliers and lamps help bring that elegance to life and create a comfortable picture of indoor cosiness and comfort. Scandinavian interiors speak of a style that combines simplicity and minimalism.