How Mid-Century Modern can create a cosy and stylish home

With so many emerging interior trends it can be tough to find a stand-out style that’s right for you. It’s important that your overall décor is timeless and will only require a refresh with small pieces and accessories throughout the seasons. With that in mind, one interior style is continuing to keep us hooked and has done so for well over half a century. Mid-Century Modern or as some may know it, Designer Retro, has an effortless yet striking aesthetic that is distinguished by its classic, understated look. Originating from the early 20th-century Modernist movements Bauhaus and International, the Mid Century trend started to flourish in the late 1940’s, giving us clean lines, gentle curves and a love for mixing materials.

From left to right: Bologna 3 Seater Sofa, Colour: Fancy 8 76257

Bologna 2 Seater Sofa, Colour: Fancy 1 76256

Bologna Chair, Colour: Fancy 8 76257


Large windows, retro furniture, embracing greenery and beautiful statement pieces in an open-plan interior are all identifying features of Mid-Century style. Incorporating natural materials like wood, leather and mixed metals with vinyl and plexiglass pieces all make for a sophisticated aesthetic. Whilst simplicity is signature of the style, adding hints of graphic patterns, a large statement wall print and accessories in bold pops of colour adds interest to an otherwise minimalist look. The main aspect to the trend is that form follows function as most designs are stripped of unnecessary details and simplified so that they’re durable, practical and above all comfortable.

When replicating Mid-Century Modern furniture in your home, a statement sofa like Bologna has an understated, contemporary design whilst offering supreme comfort. Hand crafted using quality materials, the collection has resilient pocket sprung foam seating making it durable and long-lasting, seeing you through the rigours of everyday life. The precisely upholstered textured chenille fabric and tapered wooden legs keep the look modern and sleek whilst the neutral colour options are timeless, emphasising the simplicity of the range against any vibrant accessories. If you want to get the most out of a small living room, a low-level sofa like Bologna gives the illusion of taller ceilings and its legged base makes for a much larger feel to your room, perfect for maximising on space and creating a seamless style interior.

Warm woods such as teak, oak, walnut and rosewood are synonymous with Mid-Century style, Bourne fits perfectly thanks to its distinctive rich colour palette. A stunning range of dining and occasional furniture, it’s crafted from solid Acacia wood to accentuate the beautiful natural grain with sleek lines, gentle organic curves and discreet grooves in place of handles for a clean look. Bourne is designed with Eco-friendly hardwood that not only gives an added edge but also fits in with today’s desire for a sustainable way of living. If you’re keen to keep the clutter at bay but need a place for plants and accessories, the bookcase provides a wealth of storage and individually sectioned shelving for a unique approach to displaying your ornaments.


From left to right: Meribel Swivel Chair, Colour: Charcoal/Linen Marzan lined geo (7115) 75800

Rudolph Swivel Chair, Chair: Monarch Dusk 76643

Swerve Swivel Chair, Colour: Meg 51 76265


A swivel chair like Rudolph blends contemporary design and a retro influence that sits effortlessly next to a sleek sofa. The elegant clean lines and gentle curves of the arms are perfectly proportioned for a modern interior, with a sculpted high back and deep-seated comfort ideal for curling up in the corner with a book. Incredibly versatile, a swivel chair takes up little room which makes it ideal for compact spaces. A metal base like those on Meribel, Rudolph and Swerve makes a bold statement which further accentuates the contemporary fabrics they’re upholstered in. Go for a subtle jade green or a deep navy blue for a unified look, alternatively be daring with a pastel pink or geometric print to have a piece that stands out. 



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