Beginners Guide: Mid-Century Modern.
So, if you’re like me, there’s that one episode of Fixer Upper that features a Mid-Century Modern home, and you can’t quite put your finger on what that means exactly. I was watching that episode the other day, and decided I’d do a quick run-through of that style for today.
Mid-century modern is based on décor styles that originate between the mid-1940s and 1970. It focused on modern elements and moving the nation forward after WWII.
So, what are some aspects of mid-century modern?
Open spaces that invite the outdoors, indoors.
Midcentury Modern homes had big big windows, and open floor-plans.
Think: wide windows and sliding doors that opened to patios
Straight Lines & Flat Planes
Mid-century modern homes are big on straight lines. In midcentury modern homes with gabled roofs, the main beam of the roof is often highlighted with a different color than the rest of the trim
Changes in floor level
Unfortunately, I don't think the step-down into my laundry room qualifies as a "mid-centiry modern" element. Mid-century modern homes frquently used changes in the elevation of their rooms to denote changes in space(from livingroom to kitchen, etc.) It's where we see the emergence of the "conversation pit"
Mid-Century Modern architects
So, here's where my art historian jumps out. I feel like I would be remiss not to include a few mid-century modern architects. Even though modern art isn't something I study much of, I love architecture!
Rudolph Schindler, 1920
Richard Neutra, 1930
Eero Saarinen, 1957
Ray Kappe, 1960
Frank Lloyd Wright - side note, if you are ever in Florence, Alabama. Definitely drive by the Rosenbaum House! It was designed by Wright in 1938 for Stanley & Mildred Rosenbaum. They do tours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m,and Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. Their website can be found here.
Are you a fan of Mid-Century Modern? Let me know in the comments – I think its really cool!
Have great weekends!