How To Add Mid-Century Modern Accents To Elevate Your Aesthetic

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Even though the style first rose to prominence over six decades ago, mid-century modern design feels as relevant as ever. With a focus on clean lines, geometric shapes and natural beauty, the minimalist look continues to appeal to those seeking unfussy, functional elegance. 
Mid-century modern furniture and furnishings favour solid construction using simple, high-quality materials. As a result, many pieces, especially vintage items from the 50s and 60s, are well-made and built to last--with a substantial price tag to match. However, since mid-century modern blends so seamlessly with other styles, it’s possible to embrace the look by mixing and matching, so your space gains complexity and refinement without feeling too dated or kitschy. 
Here are some ways to add some mid-century modern appeal to your home or office without going overboard or over budget:
 

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Accent Chair

Seating is an ideal way to add some mid-century modern flair to your space as some of the style’s most iconic designs fall under this category. If you’re seeking quirky, curvy comfort, consider a  Jacobsen swan or egg chair. For structure and colour, try a moulded fibreglass armchair. If you’re willing to splurge, spring for the ultra-luxe  Eames Lounge Chair. Whatever you choose, you’ll have an instant style you can sit on.  
 

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Lighting

Not quite ready to swap out your favourite chair just yet? Consider adding a light fixture from the era instead. A  Sputnik chandelier and  PH Artichoke Pendant Lamp are dramatic pieces that will make a bold statement. If you’d like something a little more subtle but still beautiful, take a look at an Arco or an  AJ Floor Lamp
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Bar Trolley

Recall the cocktail culture of the 60s with a piece that’s perfect for those that love to entertain and want to show off their impressive barware and liquor collections. If you’re not one to imbibe, a  bar trolley can also serve as a unique nightstand or end table.
 

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Graphic Area Rug

A bold rug of geometric shapes or fluid curves provides a nice contrast against the neutral palette of most mid-century modern pieces, while also adding warmth, colour and definition to a space that might otherwise feel somewhat sterile. 
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Vintage Accessories

Though mid-century modern spaces are distinctly uncluttered and minimalist, a decorative wall or table accent can provide a playful and much needed focal point and conversation starter. Some iconic options include a sunburst mirror, sculptural vase, George Nelson clock and Eames Hang-It-All.
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Written by:  jchongstudio
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