Spring 2017 Her Decor: Bring the midcentury look home

{The following is my March/April 2017 Her Decor column with HerMind Magazine:}

Midcentury modern decor was popular in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. When Columbia had its first homeowners, their homes were likely full of the midcentury look that many now covet.

The style relies on clean lines, a neutral palette with occasional bold bursts, and simple living spaces. Like many styles in home and fashion, everything old is new again and midcentury modern is back in vogue in a big way. If you moved into one of the original Columbia homes and decorated back then in current styles, you’d be on the cutting edge today with midcentury modern looks.

Here are several ways to bring midcentury looks into your home.

SEATING

Midcentury seating is often low with sleek, minimal styling. Sofas have square arms and some have tufting. Clean, simple wooden legs are often found on upholstered pieces.

The Eames lounge chair and ottoman, popular from that time, are still found in many homes today. The chair, with its black leather seat and a wooden framed back, looks great from every angle. A canvas butterfly chair on a foldable, metal frame was also a favorite. I had one in my room as a teenager, and I spent many hours curled up in that chair—which I still own—talking on the phone.

Barstools with metal wire cages as seats, inspired by Italian designer Harry Bertoia, are also a nod to this time period. They can be a nice quiet element in a room with a lot of pattern and texture.

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LIGHTING

Sputnik-style chandeliers, named for the Soviet spacecraft, have metal tubes with bulbs at the end. Similarly retro are spherical pendant lights. Both are simple, clean and work well with many styles.

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ACCESSORIES

Accessories may be the easiest way to bring any style into your home. Look for items with a brushed gold finish or the very popular starburst mirrors and clocks. Shag rugs are back in style and add texture to a room. If that’s not appealing to you, try a lower pile rug with bold and colorful geometric patterns.

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April Pardoe