Mid-century modern interiors emerged after World War II in America and Europe, and dominated interiors from 1940 to 1970. Mid-century modern design rejected the prevalent extravagant, overly decorative, luxurious style. After the war, people wanted simpler and more functional living environments that reflected the spirit of the times. Mid-century modern style was born as a spectacular response to changes in society and everyday life. New materials and production methods opened the door to innovative design. Metal, plastic and other modern materials became available, opening up opportunities for designers to experiment with new shapes and structures.

Mid-century modern style became popular in the USA, but from there its influence spread to Europe and other regions of the world. The style not only created a distinct era of interior design, but remains a popular source of inspiration. Due to its distinctive design aesthetics and functionality, the style remains an influential and popular trend in interior design today. The style is characterised by geometric shapes, functionality and simplicity, accompanied by vibrant colours and natural wood surfaces. Today, mid-century modern is enjoying a renaissance, instantly reviving retro elegance in contemporary interiors.

Clean lines and geometry. Mid-century modern style is characterised by simple, clean contours and geometrically clear shapes. It is characterised by straight lines, angles and smooth surfaces. Furniture is an essential element of this style. They are simple, functional, with a complete design and clean lines. Many mid-century modern armchairs, sofas and other furniture designs have become icons of the style: leather armchairs with wood veneer upholstery and footstools, dining and coffee tables with glass tops, minimalist chests of drawers and open shelving add originality to any contemporary interior.

Natural wood surfaces. Mid-century modern design is particularly fond of the texture of natural wood – oak, walnut, rosewood – as a key element to give a feeling of warmth and cosiness.

Functionality. Functionality in design is one of the most important principles of mid-century modern. Furniture and decorative elements should not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also practical, meeting everyday needs.

Innovative use of materials. Designers are particularly interested in experimenting with new materials (plastics, plastics) and innovative ways of using materials (metal and glass), and in experimenting with curved, unusual material shapes.

Colours and details. Mid-century modern colour backgrounds include neutral shades that help to create a calming and harmonious environment, while brighter orange, yellow, red, green or blue are included as a stand-out detail. Contrasts help to create a dynamic and attractive visual effect.

Graphics and abstraction. Mid-century modern design was strongly influenced by abstraction and graphic art. Abstract paintings, geometric patterns and interesting decor elements were often used.

Highlights. Accents in bright colours, unique design elements, mirrors with distinctive shapes are used as decorative accents to bring a room to life.

Today, mid-century modern design remains a relevant and inspiring topic. Many designers around the world are incorporating elements of this style into their interiors, adding a touch of modernity and elegance. Furniture and decorative elements based on the mid-century modern aesthetic remain popular to this day as original and versatile interior accents.

Mid-century modern-inspired interiors are a great way to give your home a contemporary, yet warm and cosy look. To create an authentic mid-century modern design atmosphere, it is important to pay attention to a variety of elements, from the choice of furniture to the decorative accents. Mid-century modern style can be adapted to different tastes and needs, and its distinctive characteristics give the interior a warm, elegant and retro feel. It is the ideal choice for those who appreciate the classics, but at the same time strive for a more modern design aesthetic.

Article and photos by interior designer Dovilė Švilpienė