How to decorate your home with mid-century furniture

The minimalist interior trend is entering our homes once again.

As homes are getting smaller, people are needing to simplify their interiors with sleek, simple and space efficient furniture. While mid-century furniture has always been popular due its classic design, the trend is becoming more common than ever with its demand dramatically increasing. As our interiors fill with mid-century pieces, Melissa Gullifer, interior stylist at Focus on Furniture shares her tips on how to style vintage in a modern home. 

Tones and textures 

When it comes to incorporating vintage pieces in a modern interior, Melissa says to consider the original colour palette of the room before adding a unique vintage piece. As she explains, "Antique and vintage finds can add depth and opulence to a room. Keep it simple by using similar colours, shapes and textures."

"If you’re going for something traditional, use olive green and dark reds, but if you're opting for something more contemporary, use pastel hues and shades of beige or keep it simple with black, white and grey," she says.

Make a statement

The beauty about mid-century furniture is their classic, sleek design making them timeless pieces. When choosing a piece, it's important to work with their cool, understated element they bring to a room and focus on a staple piece.

"My suggestion is an armchair or buffet as a starting point and work from there. Make it a feature of the room that will help create a nice story," Melissa says.

"The key to getting it right is carefully balancing your mid-century furniture with contemporary interior trends."

Lines and curves

Mid-century furniture is iconic for its clean lines, seamless curves and great attention to shape. While these pieces are easy to bring into a room, Melissa shares some placement tips to consider that will really make a difference: "Pay close attention to the size of your furniture pieces and keep the space balance with different heights. Your eyes should be able to draw up and down.

"It’s also important to add a focal point to the room with a large mirror or artwork. Try placing some plants in and around the furniture to keep the room feeling fresh and vibrant."

Quality over quantity

While budget brands are making mid-century inspired furniture accessible, it can be difficult to find the right item. For larger pieces of furniture, it's best to source original pieces for a touch of authenticity. However, that doesn't mean blowing your budget, as Melissa explains: "If you're after something authentic, I suggest searching antique furniture stores or even going to some garage sales on the weekend, you never know what you might find." 

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